Film starts out with a fantastic sword-fighting scene in the garage of Madison Square Garden and then jumps to a medieval battle between the clans set in 16th-century Scotland.
Adding to the confusion in time, 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.
A visit by Sean Connery, playing a campy Obe Wan Kenobi-type character named Ramirez, teaches Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) how to wield a sword like a warrior and understand his fate is to be immortal man who cannot have children, facing instead a life fending off other immortals like the evil Kurgan.
Lambert looks and acts a lot better in a tartan than as a nearly non-verbal antiques dealer. Clancy Brown never seems to frighten whether as the supposedly-terrifying Kurgan or as the shaven-headed punker.
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[In 1996 a 116-min. Directorector’s Cut was issued on homevideo. This was the version originally distributed in Europe.]