The quickening
Also known as
Highlander III - Canada

Ölümsüz savasçi - Turkey

Duelo Imortal III - Portugal

Hegylakó 3 - Hungary

Highlander 3: A mágus -Hungary

Highlander 3: O Feiticeiro - Brazil

Highlander 3: Chousenshi daikessen - Japan

Highlander 3: El mago - Argentina (video title)/td>

Highlander 3: Saalistaja - Finland

Highlander 3: The Final Conflict - Europe

Highlander 3: The Sorcerer - UK (Poster title)

Highlander III: Die Legende - Germany

Highlander: The Final Dimension - USA

Highlander: The Magician

Inmortales III: el hechicero, Los - Spain

Tioram Castle


"Snake Bar Blues" w ritten by J. Peter Robinson, Tom Canning and Michael Rockwell

"Poll Hall Blues" written by J. Peter Robinson

"Bonny Portmore" performed by Loreena McKennitt

"Honest Joe" written by James / Eno and performed by James / Brian Eno

"Ce He Mise Le Ulaingt"
Written by Patrick Hutchinson and performed by Loreena McKennitt

"Boom Boom" wWritten by Clark / Weekes performed by Definition of Sound

"Little Muscle" words and Music by Brian Futter and Robert Dickinson performed by Catherine Wheel

"The Two Trees" written and performed by Loreena McKennitt

"Dummy Krusher" words and Music by Cormac Battle, Darragh Butler, William Dalton and Colin Fenelly. Performed by Kerbdog

"Bluebeard" written and produced by Cocteau Twins, Elizabeth Fraser, Robin Guthrie, and Simon Raymonde. Performed by Cocteau Twins

"God Took A Picture"
Performed and Written by Nuno Bettendorf and Suzi Demarchi


At the box office

Budget: $26 million

Opening Weekend
$5,600,000 (USA)

$13,994,773 (USA) - (5 May 1995)
$3,147,000 (UK) - (24 February 1995)
£1,503,932 (UK) - (11 December 1994)
$36,800,000 (Worldwide)
$23,000,000 (Non-USA)
$3,332,988 (Germany) - (30 March 1995)

Glen Coe
Filming Locations
Castle Tioran, Lochaber, and Glen Nevis, Fort William, Highlands, Scotland, UK
Mirabel International Airport, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Montréal, Québec, Canada
New York City, New York, USA

Highlander trivia

The undernoted are just a few of the bits of trivia we have amassed over the years. Please don't hesitate to let us know if you have something to add.


Some scenes for this film were shot in Morocco.

The rock beat heard during the final fight is a reworking of Mötley Crüe's "Dr. Feelgood".
Reportedly, Christopher Lambert considered this film to be the "real" sequel to the original film, since the actual Highlander II was such a radical departure from what the first film established.
Although Khan's "Warrior #1" is never referred to by name on-screen, the script refers to him as "Khabul Khan."
Highlander III ignores the events of Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) (after the poor reception of Highlander II, the fan-rumor was that this film would be entitled "Highlander III: The Apology").

The U.S. theatrical release was rated PG-13 and a slightly-longer R-rated Special Director's Cut was later released on home video with two sex scenes trimmed for theatrical release restored. Aside from this, additional violence was reinstated, mainly the shot of Kane's head rolling off. The PG-13 theatrical cut originally only showed Kane's head wobbling from side to side, then cutting immediately to the extreme close up on Connor saying "There can be only one."

In a 1996 Cinefantastique interview, Highlander producer William Panzer mentioned that several references to the TV series' continuity were inserted into Highlander: The Final Dimension, meant as a means of linking that film to the TV universe.

At one point, Christopher Lambert walked off the production over a pay dispute.

Several scenes were shot in province of Québec in Canada: the medieval Japanese village and the building in which Nakano's cave is found were shot near Montreal. Plus, many sequences in New York were actually shot in Montreal, as well.
In the US version of the movie, we see Kane use his sorcerer's powers to transport himself to New York. In the European version, we simply see Kane walk out of a shipyard, implying that he got to New York by stowing away on a ship. The 2005 US DVD re-issue uses the European version of the movie despite the claim on the cover of also being the "Director's Cut" and therefore removes much of Kane's supernatural powers seen in the original "Director's Cut" release.
In the US version of the film, the Suze DeMarchi and Nuno Bettencourt rock song "God Took A Picture" plays over the final credits. In the European version, "Bonny Portmore" by Loreena McKennitt plays over the final credits. The recent 2005 US DVD re-issue uses the European cut and therefore loses the rock song. On the French and the Canadian full-screen DVD release the end credit music is "Bonny Portmore" by Loreena McKennitt followed by "Bluebeard" by Cocteau Twins.


The version released to video tape in the US has two extra scenes. The first addition is a scene early on when Kane first arrives in New York in which he picks up a prostitute. The second is the love scene between Conner and the reporter Alex, which contains more explicit footage. Both scenes are reported to be present in European theatrical prints.

UK video version is cut by 57 secs to maintain a "15" certificate and loses nudity from a sex scene and a shot of Kane chewing and spitting out a condom
Actress Deborah Kara Unger did her love scenes with 'Christopher Lambert' herself, declining to use a body double.
At one point, Christopher Lambert walked off the production over a pay dispute.
In the European version of the film, Kane says, "Highlander is out there somewhere, and he owes me for all those years." after he escapes from the cave in 1994. In the US version, he says, "Highlander is out there somewhere, and he owes me 400 years." It makes a little more sense in the European version because Kane would have no way of knowing how long he was in the cave. The currently available US DVD contains the European version and the reference to it having been 400 years is no longer there.

Similarities to Highlander

In keeping with the idea of continuity between the first movie and the third (Christopher Lambert has commented that The Sorcerer is the "true sequel to Highlander"), the film has several similarities with the original movie, namely:

Both movies featured Connor in Scottish Kilt and, along with Highlander II, begins with a flashback of him in his original hairstyle.
Both of Connor's mentors (Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez and Nakano) are beheaded by the main villains (The Kurgan and Kane).
Both villains provoke Connor (while standing on holy ground) with insults against his sexuality.
The main villains live a while longer (for dramatic effect) after Connor's blade decapitates them; the resulting Quickening causes Connor to levitate.
The Kurgan kidnaps Brenda Wyatt in the first movie. Similarly, Kane kidnaps Connor's adoptive son John in the third.
Connor is stabbed in the abdomen by the main villain and is spared from beheading in his first encounter with the antagonist. In the present-day timeline, he is spared from beheading again in battle, with the villain screaming There can be only one! before the attempted coup de grace.

During the Quickening sequences, the decapitated bodies levitate and emit a pale bluish light before the Quickening is absorbed by the victor (usually Connor or the main villain). The exception is Ramirez's Quickening.

The main villains live a while longer (for dramatic effect) after Connor's blade decapitates them; the resulting Quickening causes Connor to levitate.

Recurring motifs

A number of intentional similarities can be seen between the first three films in the series:

Each features a scene in which Connor, without a sword handy, is forced to parry another Immortal's weapon with a metal rod. This is seen during Connor's first encounter with The Kurgan during The Gathering in the original, the fight between an aged Connor and assassins Corda and Reno in II, and in Connor's final battle against Kane in III.

Another repeated sequence features the main villain entertain himself with an uncontrollable joyride, causing mayhem along the way. The Kurgan recklessly drives around New York City after abducting Brenda Wyatt. General Katana commandeers a subway train, and crashes it at maximum speed, killing everyone aboard. Kane kidnaps Connor's adopted son John and uses the power of illusion to frighten him.

In each film, the main villain sneaks up behind Connor MacLeod in their first battle within the present-day timeline (coincidentally, all taking place in New York City), raising his sword for a quick victory while Connor (who can feel his presence) is facing away from him. Connor always manages to avoid the sneak attack.

Connor quickening In every final battle with a major opponent, Connor wears denim jeans and a jacket, along with his gloves and katana.
Connor confronts his opponents on holy ground at least once in each of the movies, where they taunt him and remind him of the rules of The Game.
After beheading the main opponent, Connor Macleod says the phrase "There can be only one." The villains, on the other hand, say the phrase just before attempting to behead Connor.
After revealing his secret to the female lead of the film, Connor says "...and I cannot die." He and his co-star kiss.

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