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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

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Gregory Widen (story), Gregory Widen (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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, 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 immortal ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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From another time comes a man of incredible power. He is immortal. Now he is about to face the ultimate challenge. At stake is the greatest prize imaginable. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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:

$12,885,193
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (theatrical)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mel Gibson, who turned down the part of Connor MacLeod, acted in and directed Braveheart (1995), also set in Scotland. James Cosmo appeared in both films. Coincidentally, Christopher Lambert was considered to play Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon (1987), but he turned it down, which went to Gibson. Kurt Russell, who also turned down Connor MacLeod, was also considered to play Martin Riggs. Michael Kamen also scored all four Lethal Weapon films. See more »

Goofs

The Kurgan slices the roof off a Chevrolet Mailbu/Chevelle but when it emerges from the alley it becomes a Plymouth Duster. See more »

Quotes

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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One Year Of Love
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Performed by Queen
Written by John Deacon
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A Classic of the 80's
14 August 1998 | by GislefSee all my reviews

Highlander is perhaps the definitive modern-day, non-horror fantasy adventure. The use of flashbacks within the story is perhaps not unique, but the concept sees its full fruition here. Such integral "flashback storytelling" would later be borrowed by many movies and TV shows (the Highlander series itself, Forever Knight, and Outlaws among the latter). Everyone is well cast, from the major roles (Lambert, Brown, Connery, Hart, and North) to the minor roles (Peter Diamond, Hugh Quarshie, Sheila Gish, and Christopher Malcolm, among others). Of necessity, must be seen in the Director's Cut version. Various web sites also have the further "missing scenes," including the Kurgan's battle with Immortal Yung Dol Kim, and Kastagir and MacLeod actually having that party they mention.


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