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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Connor MacLeod
... Brenda Wyatt
... Kurgan
... Ramirez
... Heather (as Beattie Edney)
... Lt. Frank Moran
... Rachel Ellenstein
... Det. Walter Bedsoe
... Sunda Kastagir
... Kirk Matunas
... Fasil
Billy Hartman ... Dugal MacLeod
... Angus MacLeod
... Kate
Alistair Findlay ... Chief Murdoch
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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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Rated R for strong action violence, a scene of sexuality and some language | See all certifications »

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7 March 1986 (USA)  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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We see bagpipes with three drones in the 1500s; the long third drone was added after 1700. See more »

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[Looking at the body lying next to its head]
Garfield: What do you think the cause of death was, Lieutenant?
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Princes of the Universe
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Performed by Queen
Written by Freddie Mercury
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A movie with something for everyone
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The first time I saw this movie I knew it was going to be a lifelong favorite. With all the years that have gone by since then, and the repeated viewings I have given it, The Highlander still remains one of the best pieces of film I have ever seen. There are enough fight scenes to satisfy the most adamant of action movie fans, and there is an incredibly touching scene with Lambert and Beatie Edney (Heather) when she is dying of old age, Connor is still youthful in appearance, and the Queen song "Who Wants To Live Forever" is playing in the background. It still brings tears to my eyes when I see Connor in modern day New York lighting a candle for her on her birthday. The swordplay is extremely well choreographed and the sets are remarkable. To be fair, the special effects are not what I would consider up to the standards of the day, however the writing and acting is more than enough to make up for it. If you want to see a movie that doesn't NEED special effects to make it worth watching, this is one for you.


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