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Russell Mulcahy

Connor Macleod is Immortal. He was born in the Scottish highlands in the early 16th century, but he is not the only immortal, others exist. When only a few immortals are left, the gathering takes place where all immortals must meet in combat, with the aim being to behead their opponent and take the ultimate prize. There can be only one.


Metacritic Score

  • 40


    Director Russell Mulcahy can't seem to decide from one scene to the next whether he's making a sci-fi, thriller, horror, music video or romance – end result is a mishmash.

  • 38

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    About halfway through the violent, fantasy adventure Highlander, one character talks about how it was the custom during ancient times to throw babies into a pit of hungry dogs. Wel...

  • 30

    The New York Times

    Since none of the characters makes sense even on the movie's own terms, Highlander keeps on exploding for almost two hours, with nothing at stake.

Christopher Lambert

Christopher Lambert

Connor MacLeod / Russell Edwin Nash

Sean Connery

Sean Connery

Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez

Clancy Brown (I)

Clancy Brown (I)

Victor Kruger / The Kurgan

Roxanne Hart

Roxanne Hart

Brenda J. Wyatt

Jon Polito

Jon Polito

Det. Walter Bedsoe

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (9)

    • Ramirez: From the dawn of time we came, moving silently down through the centuries. Living many secret lives, struggling to reach the time of the gathering, when the few who remain will battle to the last. No one has ever known we were among you....until now.

    • Dougal: (prior to Connor's first battle) Are you scared, Connor? [laughs]
      Connor: No, cousin Dugal, I'm not.
      Angus: Don't talk nonsense, man! I peed my kilt the first time I went into battle! [laughter]
      Dugal: Ay, Angus pees his kilt all the time. [laughter]

    • Garfield: (a headless body lies on the floor) What do you think is the cause of death, lieutenant, huh? [laughs]
      Frank: Oh Christ, you're a barrel of laughs, Garfield.

    • Garfield: Are you a f*****t, Nash?
      Connor: Why, Garfield? You cruising for a piece of ass.

    • Connor: (Ramirez takes Connor out on a boat to practice balance) I don't like boats, I don't like water. I'm a man not a fish.
      Ramirez: Oh, you complain endlessly.
      Connor: You look like a woman, you stupid haggis!
      Ramirez: Haggis? What is haggis?
      Connor: Sheep's stomach stuffed with meat and barley.
      Ramirez: And what do you do with it?
      Connor: You eat it.
      Ramirez: How revolting!.... achew!
      Connor: Be still for God's sake! You'll tip us over.
      Ramirez: So?
      Connor: I cannot swim, you Spanish peacock!
      Ramirez: I'm not Spanish, I'm Egyptian.
      Connor: You said you were from Spain. You're a liar!
      Ramirez: You have the manners of a goat, and you smell like a dungheap, and you have no knowledge whatsoever of your potential. Now! Get out! [SPLASH]
      Connor: Help! Help! I'm drowning.
      Ramirez: You can't drown you fool, you're immortal.

    • Connor: Tell me, how did this happen for God's sake?
      Ramirez: Why does the sun come up? Or, are the stars just pinholes in the curtain of night? Who knows? What I do know is. That, because you were born different men will fear you, try to drive you away like the people of your village. You must learn to conceal your special gift and harness your power until the time of the gathering.
      Connor: What gathering?
      Ramirez: When only a few of us are left, we will feel an irresistible pull towards a far away land to fight for the prize.

    • Ramirez: Kurgan, he is the strongest of all the immortals. He is the perfect warrior. If he wins the prize, mortal man would suffer an eternity of darkness.
      Connor: How do you fight such a savage?
      Ramirez: With heart, faith and steel.

    • Connor: I am Connor Macleod of the clan Macleod. I was born in 1518 in the village of Glennfinnan on the shores of Loch Shiel. And I am immortal.

    • Connor: Ramirez's blade did not cut deeply enough. He was right about you. You're slime.
      Kurgan: Ramirez was an effete snob. He died on his knees. I took his head and raped his woman before his blood was even cold. [sinister laughter] I see! Ramirez lied. She was not his woman. She was your woman, and she never told you. I wonder why. Perhaps I gave her something you never could and secretly she yearned for my return.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Production Budget - $19,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $5,900,000 (98th)
      Worldwide Gross - $12,885,193 (65th)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $12,976,819
      Worldwide Adjusted for 2013 - $28,340,478

    • Other production companies:
      Highlander Productions
      20th Century Fox (distributor)

    • Taglines:
      1. There can be only one.
      2. Don't lose your head

    • Filming locations include:
      Isle of Skye, Highland, Scotland
      Manhattan, New York City, New York
      British Columbia, Canada
      Hertfordshire, England
      Kyle of Lochalsh, Highland, Scotland
      Glen Coe, Highland, Scotland, UK
      Greenwich, London, England
      Applecross, Highland, Scotland
      Loch Shiel, Highland, Scotland
      East Rutherford, New Jersey
      Rannoch Moor, Highland, Scotland
      Slioch, Highland, Scotland
      Kilburn, London, England
      Skye, Highland, Scotland, UK


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