Connor MacLeod – Christopher Lambert
Ramirez -Sean Connery
The Kurgan – Clancy Brown
Heather – Beatie Edney
Brenda – Roxanne Hart
In 1536 Scottish clansman Connor Macleod is mortally wounded in battle by a terrifying warrior, The Kurgan. Miraculously, his wounds heal. Cast out by his superstitious clansmen, he settles in a remote spot as a blacksmith, marrying a farm girl, named Heather.
Five years later, he's sought out by Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez, a flamboyant Egyptian/Spanish nobleman who teaches him that they, like the Kurgan, are immortals, a unique breed of men who can die only by decapitation, fated to duel down the ages to a mysterious distant time called the Gathering, when the last few will battle for The Prize. The evil Kurgan must never possess it. MacLeod wants no part of this, but cannot escape his destiny.
Heart breaking, he must watch his beloved Heather grow old and then die in his arms, while he remains forever young and strong. Shutting off his feelings, he vows never to love again …
So begins a romantic, action-packed saga spanning four centuries. The distant time Ramirez spoke of is now, the place, Manhattan. Headless corpses are discovered. A reign of terror grips the city. The cops are baffled.
Good-looking weapons expert Brenda Wyatt, investigating a killing beneath Madison Square Garden, finds an ancient sword which she dates at 600 B.C. — historically impossible.
Her search for answers leads to an antique dealer the cops have questioned. His face is compelling, his eyes haunting, evoking timeless mystery. It's MacLeod.
Brenda is persistent, drawn to him. Powerfully attracted, MacLeod's reserve crumbles. Years of isolation start to melt away as they become lovers.
Meanwhile, the Kurgan hits New York like a one-man wrecking crew. Maddened by aeons of blood-lust, he slaughters everything in his path, searching for his ancient enemy — the Highlander.
Luridly disguised, he captures Brenda, forcing MacLeod into a climactic show-down against spectacular New York backgrounds. The Kurgan is finally beheaded.
Earth-shattering forces are unleashed as it seems as though MacLeod wins The Prize. Reunited with Brenda, the Highlander sees at last that even one year of love, though it ends in death, is better than an eternity alone.