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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 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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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:

$5,900,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Catherine Mary Stewart was originally cast as Brenda Wyatt. But for unknown reasons, she was dropped out. See more »

Goofs

When at her apartment, Connor calls Brenda's .38 caliber service revolver a ".45." Anyone at all familiar with handguns would not make this mistake. See more »

Quotes

Kurgan: You can't defeat me, Ramirez! I am the strongest!
Ramirez: My cut has improved your voice!
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Alternate Versions

Reportedly a version shown at the Brussels film festival features a slightly different ending than the theatrical and video releases. In this version after the final battle, the demons circling around Lambert are clearly saying "thank you". The final prize is only that Lambert is not an immortal anymore and that he can now have a normal life. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Gimme the Prize (Kurgan's Theme)
(uncredited)
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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