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Highlander (1986)

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An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize".

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Russell Mulcahy

Writers:

Gregory Widen (story), Gregory Widen (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lambert ... Connor MacLeod
Roxanne Hart ... Brenda Wyatt
Clancy Brown ... Kurgan
Sean Connery ... Ramirez
Beatie Edney ... Heather (as Beattie Edney)
Alan North ... Lt. Frank Moran
Sheila Gish ... Rachel Ellenstein
Jon Polito ... Det. Walter Bedsoe
Hugh Quarshie ... Sunda Kastagir
Christopher Malcolm ... Kirk Matunas
Peter Diamond ... Fasil
Billy Hartman Billy Hartman ... Dugal MacLeod
James Cosmo ... Angus MacLeod
Celia Imrie ... Kate
Alistair Findlay Alistair Findlay ... Chief Murdoch
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Storyline

In New York City, the owner of a sophisticated antique shop Russell Edwin Nash is challenged to a sword fight in the parking lot of the Madison Square Garden by a man called Iman Fasil that is beheaded by Russell. He hides his sword and is arrested by the police while leaving the stadium. Russell recalls his life in the sixteenth century in Scotland, when he is Connor MacLeod, and is fatally wounded in a battle against another Clan. However, he surprisingly survives and his Clan believes he has a pact with the devil and expels him from their lands. Then he meets Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez, who explains that he is immortal unless he is beheaded. Further, the immortals dispute a game killing each other and in the end only one survives receiving a prize with the power of the other immortals. Russell is released by the police, but the snoopy forensic agent Brenda J. Wyatt is attracted by the case since she found fragments of an ancient Katana and follows Russell. But the also ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for strong action violence, a scene of sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Peter Diamond (Iman Fasil) was also the Stunt Coordinator. See more »

Goofs

When Brenda is researching the birth of Russell Nash, Dr. Kenderly reveals that he was illegitimate, and died after his birth. This is a serious breach of ethics for physicians (even retired) that violates doctor/patient privilege - even if a patient is deceased. See more »

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Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez: You must leave her, brother. I was born 2,437 years ago. In that time I've had three wives. The last was Shakiko, a Japanese Princess... When Shakiko died I was shattered. I would save you that pain. Please, let Heather go.
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Uncut version shows MacLeod having a short flashback about his first battle in Scotland during the wrestling match. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Melissa & Joey: Eat, Pray, Date (2012) See more »

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Hammer To Fall
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Performed by Queen
Written by Brian May
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I Love It. Always Have. Always Will.
27 May 2017 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

Continuing my plan to watch every Sean Connery movie in order, I come to Highlander (1986)

Plot In A Paragraph: A group of immortals, who can only die via decapitation, duel through the centuries.

I love Highlander. Always have. Always will. It will always be a disappointment to me none of the sequels or the TV Shows lived up to the potential this universe offered.

Playing the Egyptian Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez (with his normal accent of course) Connery Looks to be having a blast in his second mentor role in a row. He was only on set for 7 days (he had a bet, which he lost, with director Russell Mulcahy he would not finish his scenes in time and had a lucrative clause in place if he didn't) and his screen time is likely to be under twenty minutes, but his presence looms large in the movie

Considering he could barely speak English, Christopher Lambert (one of the nicest celebs I've ever met) is great, Clancy Brown's Kurgan is one of my favourite movie bad guys and Beatrice Edney is gorgeous. Oh and the soundtrack is by my favourite band of all time Queen.

Amazingly Highlander tanked at the domestic box office grossing only $5 million dollars. Highlander found its audience on video, and the rest is history. As for Connery, after his the time away from the screen, it would seem like his luck had not improved with his reinvention as the older, wiser mentor. Despite two great performances, the movies still did little business. That would all change with his next movie though.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Knight See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,453,021, 9 March 1986

Gross USA:

$5,900,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,900,000
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Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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