Director Russell Mulcahy's film became a paragon of modern action fantasy, giving rise to legions of warrior fans who follow the story of Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert), one of the few surviving members of a clan of immortals who've been battling for centuries. The evil Kurgan (Clancy Brown) wants to kill a forlorn but determined Connor for good in modern-day New York, but an immortal mentor (Sean Connery) provides help in flashbacks.
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- Russell Mulcahy
RRestricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: DTS 6.1 Surround Sound, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailers; filmmakers' commentary; cast and crew information; DVD-ROM features.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that the abundant violence in this fantasy includes, most famously, the bloody beheading of several characters via swords. Other characters, some gifted with miraculous healing powers, others not so lucky, are stabbed, shot, slashed, impaled, beaten, drowned, etc. There is one darkened sex scene montage and hints of prostitution. Some scenes involve immortals indulging themselves in dangerous and reckless behavior, including one getting repeatedly stabbed while drunk (immortals do seem to enjoy their liquor). This inspired a series of movies, some (like the first sequel) going further with nudity and profanity than this one does.
- Sexual Content
- Cleavage in a prostitute character. Vulgar verbal references to homosexuality and gay sex acts. One lyrical, shadowy (heterosexual) sex scene.
- Decapitations. Bloody clashes on a medieval battlefield result in slashings, stabbings, drownings. Brutal beatings. "Immortal" characters sprayed with machine-gun fire or run through with swords, injuries from which they recover straightaway. Pedestrians run down in deliberate car mishaps. The villain boasts of committing a rape.
- "S--t." A Spanish profanity. "Jesus Christ."
- Social Behavior
- A pretty clear line between Connor Macleod and Ramirez and other immortals as good guys, while those like the Kurgan are wicked and corrupted by their immortality and near-invulnerable states. Nice romantic touch: Connor, though ever-youthful, remains faithful and loving to his 16th-century wife, right up through her dotage and death from old age. Respect for spirituality insofar as immortals cannot duel in churches or other "holy ground," but a feudal warrior-priest is shown blessing enemies on the battlefield as he kills them.
- Food product labels and names of newspapers. The wall-to-wall Queen music on the soundtrack is almost as famous as the movie itself. A plug for pro-wrestling and Madison Square Garden opens the drama.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Mention of cocaine and marijuana. Tavern drinking in ancient and modern times, comical drunkenness, and a vintage wine appraised by Macleod lovingly.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it