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4 June 87


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In the beginning...

It opened with Sean Connory talking to us of those who couldn't die; who lived secret lives amongst us, preparing for battle.


A resounding soundtrack from Queen proclaimed these silent strangers amongst us to be kings and masters of the universe. In quick visual and aural succession we were introduced to one man who sat in the stalls of Madison Square Garden watching one warrior contest but seeing another, centuries old.

Were his memories real, we wondered?

Is he remembering something that he lived through, centuries before in Scotland? Could he be one of these silent men who have moved down the centuries?

Within 2 minutes we had been introduced to the world of Immortals and as we reached for more coke for a suddenly parched throat we barely had time to tighten that seatbelt another notch, sit back - and prepare to enter a whole new world.

A world we now invite you to join...........................




Connor MacLeod - The Highlander (immortal)
Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez (immortal)
Brenda J. Wyatt
Victor Kruger/The Kurgan (immortal)
Heather MacLeod
Lieutenant Frank Moran
Dugal MacLeod
Kate MacLeod
Angus MacLeod
Rachel Ellenstein
Produced by:
Peter S. Davis and William Panzer
Directed by:
Russell Mulcahy
Music by:

Highlander - synopsis

There can be only one

Highlander Sean Connory's introduction Medison Park Gardens Connor Mcleod Sensing a presence The challenge is made The victory The Highlands of Scotland The battle The Kurgan Connor mortally wounded Connor dies Is it the work of the devil? Bannished from the clan Introducing Ramirez Police research On Loch Shiel Apres seim! In training Ramirez and Connor talk Kurgan and Ramirez fight Vostory to the Kurgan The police are still baffled Connor and Heather Connor in happier years Heather dies Connor buries Heather Connor and Kastagir meet The Kurgan and Kastagir fight Who is Connor The Kurgan prepares The police remain baffled Connor lights a candle The Kurgan visits church And has somehting to say Born in Glenfinnan on the shores of Loch Shiel It's a kinda magic The final battle Connor and The Kurgan fight There can be only one Connor McLeod The end.. of the first chapter?
Introducing... Highlander
Opening with Sean Connory's seductive brogue
The time 1985 and the place, Madison Park Gardens
Amongst the audience sits Connor McLeod
Sensing another immortal presence
The challenge is made
The victory and the quickening
1536 The Highlands of Scotland
The Mcleods in battle
Introducing The Kurgan
Connor is mortally wounded by The Kurgan
Connor dies - only to come back to life
Is his survival the work of the devil?
Connor is bannished by the clan
Introducing Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez
The police do a little research
Connor and Ramirez on Loch Shiel
Connor - after a brief swim!
Connor and Ramirez in training
"You must leave Heather"
The Kurgan and Ramirez fight
Victory to the Kurgan
Meanwhile in 1985, It's not safe in the city...
Connor and Heather...
... in happier years
Heather dies in Connor's arms
Farewell to Heather
Back in 1985, Connor and immortal Kastagir meet
The Kurgan and Kastagir fight
"... creeping around for over 400 years"
The Kurgan prepares...
... whilst the police remain baffled
Connor lights a candle in the church
An 'unwelcome' Kurgan visits the church
"I have something to say"...
"born in Glenfinnan on the shores of Loch Shiel"
It's a kind of magic
The scene is set for the final battle
Connor and the Kurgan fight
but in the end "there can be only one"...
...Connor Macleod
The end?

coming soon, location guide

Connor Macleod was born in 1518 in Glenfinnan in the Highlands of Scotland. In 1536, during a battle he faces a mysterious evil opponent and is mortally wounded but does not die. The villagers banish him believing this to be the work of the devil.

Connor burns his home

Five years later, Macleod is met by Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez, a swordsman who teaches Macleod the truth - he is immortal - one of a race of many who can only die when the head is cut from the body. When one immortal takes the head of another, the loser's power is absorbed into the winner.

Ramirez teaches Macleod the ways of the sword, until Ramirez is tragically killed by Connor's ultimate opponent, the evil Kurgan, a murderous immortal brute who lusts for the ultimate power of the immortals, "The Prize"; enough power to rule the earth forever. Christopher Lambert

Connor fights his way through the centuries, until the time of the Gathering, when the few immortals who have survived the endless battles come together to fight until only one remains and that winner will receive The Prize.

The time: 1985. The place: New York City. MacLeod once again meets the myseterious evil opponent - the Kurgan who nearly killed him 500 years ago. The final fight is about to begin, and in the end, there can be only one..........................

Cast and crew
Connor Mcleod
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Bill Panzer and Peter Davis
Technical Specifications
Color info:
Sound mix:
70 mm 6-Track / Dolby
J-D-C Cameras
Film length:
3079 m (Sweden)
35 mm
Printed format:
70 mm (blow-up) / 35 mm
Aspect ratio:
1.85 : 1
Highlander in Paris
The film was a hugh hit in the international markets,
especially in France.
Christopher Lambert
Movie Trivia

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Connor walking
Lost scenes

A number of scenes were lost in a fire CLICK HERE for more details.

Missing scene in the computer room

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Connor with sword

The 'Rachel Scene'

The 'Rachel Scene', which is missing in the US version of the film, was considered so important to the story and McLeod's character, that th eproducers and director personally paid to have it shot after the film had ended.

The Rachel scene
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