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Gregory Widen (characters)
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Release Date:
1 November 1991 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
It's a kind of magic. See more »
Plot:
In the future, Highlander Connor MacLeod must prevent the destruction of Earth under an anti-ozone shield. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Lambert ... Connor MacLeod

Sean Connery ... Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez

Virginia Madsen ... Louise Marcus

Michael Ironside ... Gen. Katana

Allan Rich ... Allan Neyman

John C. McGinley ... David Blake

Phillip Brock ... Cabbie (as Phil Brock)

Rusty Schwimmer ... Drunk

Ed Trucco ... Jimmy

Steven Grives ... Hamlet (as Stephen Grives)
Jimmy Murray ... Horatio

Pete Antico ... Corda
Peter Bucossi ... Reno
Peter Bromilow ... Joe
Jeff Altman ... Doctor
Diana Rossi ... Virginia

Randall Newsome ... Max guard
Karin Drexler ... Brenda
Max Berliner ... Charlie
Eduardo Sapac ... Holt
Michel Peyronel ... Kid #1
Sebastian Morgan ... Kid #2
Bruno Curichelli ... Zeist Chief Justice
Daniel Trovo ... Justice #2
Diego Leske ... Justice #3
Julio Breshnev ... Voices (voice)
Jonathon Slator ... Supervisor
Theodore McNabney ... TV reporter #1 (as Ted McNabney)
Patricia De Biaggi ... TV reporter #2
André Gere ... TV reporter #3
Jorge Ochoa ... Stage manager
Jorge Varas ... Latin supervisor
Alan McCormick ... Teenager
Miguel Fernández Alonso ... Roy
Roderick Cameron ... Security technician
Nora Zinsky ... Cabin attendant
Ezequiel Eskenazi Storey ... Max leader
Jacques Arndt ... Scientist #1
Nicolas Deane ... Scientist #2
Helen Buck ... Asian technician
Andres Geringer ... Russian technician
Matt Johnston ... Cobalt man
Héctor Malamud ... Psychic chef
Pedro Loeb ... Gen. Katana's aide
Americo Gallo ... Gravedigger
Dana Swain ... Safety spokesperson
Nicolas Frey ... Yuppie #1
Edward Nutkiewicz ... Yuppie #2 (as Eduardo Nutkiewitz)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bucossi ... (uncredited)

Harry K. Garvin ... Alarm technician (uncredited)
Mausi Martínez ... Ciudadana oriental (uncredited)

Russell Mulcahy ... Shield Control technician (uncredited)

Directed by
Russell Mulcahy 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Gregory Widen (characters)

Brian Clemens (story) and
William N. Panzer (story) (as William Panzer)

Peter Bellwood (screenplay)

Produced by
Donald P. Borchers .... line producer: additional photographic unit
Chris Chrisafis .... line producer
Robin S. Clark .... co-producer (as Robin Clark)
Guy Collins .... executive producer
Jack Cummins .... line producer
Peter S. Davis .... producer
Jean-Luc Defait .... producer
Ziad El Khoury .... producer
Stephen Kaye .... associate producer
William N. Panzer .... producer (as William Panzer)
Mari Provenzano .... associate producer
Alejandro Sessa .... co-producer
Mario Sotela .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Stewart Copeland 
 
Cinematography by
Phil Meheux (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hubert de La Bouillerie  (as Hubert C. de la Bouillerie)
Anthony Redman 
Charles Simmons (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Pamela Basker 
Fern Champion 
Sue Swan 
 
Production Design by
Roger Hall 
 
Art Direction by
John Frankish 
John King (supervising art director)
Cliff Robinson 
 
Costume Design by
Deborah Everton 
 
Makeup Department
Greg Cannom .... special makeup
Roland Blancaflor .... special makeup effects technician: Cannom Creations Inc (uncredited)
Alberto Moccia .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
John A. Amicarella .... additional post-production supervisor
Joe Camp III .... production manager
Craig Holt .... post-production supervisor (2004 video re-release)
David Pauker .... post-production supervisor
Aron Warner .... production manager
Alicia Alexander .... production manager: additional photography (uncredited)
Sabina Sigler .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J. Stephen Buck .... first assistant director
Jack Cummins .... first assistant director
Carlos Gil .... second assistant director
Randall Newsome .... second assistant director
Claudio Reiter .... first assistant director (as Claudio Reitter)
Mike Topoozian .... first assistant director
Arthur Wooster .... second unit director
Michael Schroeder .... first assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Michael Boone .... draughtsman (uncredited)
John Naulin .... body armor construction (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Tim Drury .... boom operator
Richard Shorr .... sound effects
Richard Shorr .... supervising sound editor
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Nick Finlayson .... senior special effects technician
Christian Gruaz .... prosthetic assistant
John Richardson .... special effects designer
Chris Corbould .... special effects floor supervisor (uncredited)
Neil Corbould .... special effects workshop supervisor (uncredited)
Ray O. Hardesty .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Kate Murray .... special makeup effects (uncredited)
L. Danielle Villegas .... effects camera assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Daniel Brown .... optical assistant: Stargate Films (as Dan Brown)
Mario Ghersi .... computer graphics
Allen Gonzales .... visual effects: animator
Jason Korber .... digital compositor (2004 edition)
Sam Nicholson .... visual effects designer
Jesse Silver .... visual effects matte department supervisor
Larry Arpin .... optical effects (uncredited)
Geeta Basantani .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Daniel Brown .... model shop foreman (uncredited)
Carlos Essmann .... clapper loader: visual effects unit (uncredited)
Jared Jones .... digital compositor (2004 edition) (uncredited)
Alan G. Markowitz .... optical effects cameraman (uncredited)
Jeff Nicholson .... optical effects (uncredited)
Laura Vineyard .... visual effects production coordinator (uncredited)
Joshua Weisel .... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
Raulette Woods .... visual effects: Stargate Films (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Sandy Berumen .... stunts (as Sandy Beruman)
Kurt Bryant .... stunt coordinator: additional unit
Thomas Dewier .... stunts (as Tom Dewter)
Andy Gill .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunt double: MacLeod (as Tom Huff)
Jeff Imada .... stunts
Matt Johnston .... stunt double: Katana
Eddie Matthews .... stunts
Carl Milinac .... stunts (as Carl Milnac)
Arturo Noal .... stunts
Frank Orsatti .... stunt coordinator
Frank Orsatti .... stunts
Roxanna Palouzzi .... stunt double: Louise
Kristyn Randall .... stunt double: Louise (as Christy Randall)
Jerry Spicer .... stunts
Mike Stone .... stunts
Rocky Taylor .... stunt double: Ramirez
Steve Walters .... stunts (as Steve Walter)
Danny Weselis .... stunts
Marcelo Abeal .... stunts (uncredited)
Billy Bates .... stunts (uncredited)
Gilles Conseil .... stunts (uncredited)
Minor Mustain .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Abraham .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Mike Frift .... camera operator: second unit
Harry K. Garvin .... camera operator
Etienne George .... still photographer
Ian Jones .... Steadicam operator
Steve Mcleod .... best boy
Terry Potter .... gaffer
Rick Raphael .... Steadicam operator
Julio Serna .... video supervisor
Peter Turner .... camera operator
Kevin Fraser .... key grip: second unit (uncredited)
John Joleaud .... gaffer: USA (uncredited)
Jamie Thompson .... cinematographer: USA (uncredited)
Brian 'Wheat' Villegas .... gaffer: visual effects unit (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lois DeArmond .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
Marisa Urruti .... assistant to costume designer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Albert Coleman .... first assistant editor
Sharon McGeeney .... negative cutter
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Clay Walker .... post-production assistant
Maria Montoreano .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Michael Dittrick .... music editor
Seth Kaplan .... music supervisor
Jonathan Sheffer .... orchestrator
Blake Martin Moulin .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Jeff Seitz .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Jonathan Sheffer .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Mark White .... transportation
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
William R. Peck .... driver (uncredited)
Adam Pinkstaff .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Chris Casady .... director of animated effects
Jill Gurr .... script supervisor
Martin Larumbe .... location manager
Frank Orsatti .... sword master
Andy Birmingham .... production accountant (uncredited)
Mark Carlton .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Yvonne Eastmond .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Julie Hansen .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Alejandro Levi .... location scout (uncredited)
Catherine Marie McDonald .... travel and shipping coordinator (uncredited)
Adam Samuelson .... louma crane technician (uncredited)
Gustavo Tieffenberg .... location manager (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Highlander II: The Renegade Version" - UK (director's cut), USA (video title (director's cut))
"Highlander 2" - USA (DVD title)
"Highlander 2: The Quickening" - USA (video box title)
"Highlander II" - USA (short title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence, and some sexuality and language
Runtime:
91 min | USA:109 min (director's cut) | Argentina:92 min | UK:86 min (DVD version) | UK:100 min (theatrical version) | Sweden:100 min (theatrical version)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1998) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1991) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1991) | France:Unrated | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 (video premiere) (1991) (cut) | Norway:(Banned) (1990-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (cut) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
After cutting his hand when filming a stunt sequence, which required 12 stitches, Christopher Lambert wanted to continue filming the sequence, so the crew did not lose any time.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: Katana, who has never visited Earth, knows about league draft rules and the Wizard of Oz. He monitors McLeod through a screen, and he could have learned about them through it.See more »
Quotes:
David Blake:Oh, I think I've had enough of you. Goodbye, Attila.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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FAQ

What are the differences between the Quickening and the Renegade versions of this movie?
Why are Connor and Ramirez extraterrestrials in 'The Quickening'?
Why were Connor and Ramirez sent from Zeist to Earth?
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76 out of 101 people found the following review useful.
Dead from the neck up, 23 April 2005
Author: David_Frames

Never in the field of human endeavour has there been an act of such instrumental, destructive, diabolical folly as this justifiably reviled, quasi-sequel to the original 1986 fantasy in which immortal warriors duelled throughout the ages until one remained. Yes, its Highlander II - a film so bad that Robert Mugabe refused to show it to white farmers on the grounds that it would be "exceptionally cruel". Needing to grasp on to a strand of optimism, perhaps only the thickness of a human hair, I long ago decided that the film existed purely as a textbook demonstration for future filmmakers on how not to make a successful sequel to a hit movie. This theory alone explains the cynicism on screen and the ham-fisted, slapdash, car-crash handling of the material. Don't misunderstand; I'm not saying this thing is poor - poor would be generous praise for a Frankenstein fantasy in which all the invention, both visual and conceptual, inherent in the first film's appeal is frittered to nothing. In fact, the totality of the words already used are only the merest fraction of those required to accurately portray the near total devastation that washed over me as I sat through it (I'm ashamed to say not for the only time) on a stormy night 14 years ago. Russell Mulchay deserves to be poisoned and broad beaten with a tent pole in the male ruminations for his decision to helm the whole sorry affair and grind his original good work to dust. It hardly needs saying but the problem for anyone scripting a Highlander II is that Highlander I concluded business comprehensively with no outlet for a second episode. To get around this the makers of The Quickening simply decided to ditch the back-story of the original film and invent a new one which would enable them to write around the fact that all the immortals, bar M.Lambert were, not unlike themselves, dead from the neck up. So although McCloud was originally born in Scotland and Ramierez in er, Egypt, now they were aliens from a planet called Zeist; handy, because this new ancestry meant that all that was needed to reengergise the concept was that another visitor showed up on Earth and the games can begin again. To fully appreciate how awful an idea this is you need only imagine a Star Wars sequel in which the action is suddenly set in present day Earth for reasons of plot convenience or a second instalment of Titanic in which it's revealed that Jack and Rose are actually time-travellers and are thus able to prevent the disaster and save all their friends. Thus Highlander II is effectively the one line joke in the Player in which the writer of the Graduate pitches the terrible sequel writ large and for real. We can only imagine that the owners of the original film were desperate for more because nothing but desperation could possibly explain how this made it to the screen. If blame were slurry and required apportioning by EU agricultural directive then you'd need roughly 6 tankers worth, each containing somewhere in the region of 40,000 tonnes. The shame of Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert is palpable and everyone who felt any enjoyment during this picture is consciously and deliberately complicit in its evil work. As a purely commercial enterprise with no respect or consideration for the 1st film or its fans, we can only hope that all involved lost millions and that having lost their deposit they were forced to sell themselves into sexual slavery. Highlander III, not exactly itself a great sequel, ignored this one completely as ironically it left no outlet for a third episode but it too was a cynical cash-in and could only continue the first film by ignoring its ending whereas the forth in the series simply didn't bother with the first film at all, opting instead to go with the spin-off T.V series. That's the way the rot spread but here's where it started - now please Hollywood...never again.

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