Contributed by: Chameleon
was only involved in the filming for 7 days. Many of the long shots you see of Ramirez aren't actually Connery! Also the intro voice over he does was actually recorded in his bathroom! The echo effect was accidental, but they kept it.
Christopher Lambert barely knew any English when he first signed to the production!
During the opening wrestling scene, a new expensive film technology called Skycam was used. Invented by Garrett Brown, the inventor of the Steadicam, Skycam is a computer controlled camera on wires. Seen since hundreds of times on TV coverage of sporting events, it gives the appearance of filming from a helicopter.
Director Russell Mulcahy did, in fact, use the sound of a helicopter's blades in the background to enhance this illusion.
Contributed by: Chameleon / Flederschwein
The dragon sword that Connor uses, originally had no dragon head on it, but was addded on in pre-production. It was put on with a big screw that you can see clearly in the scene where he's reaching for it under the car in the first fight. Also, Ramirez says the sword was made by Masumune. "Masamune" was Japan's greatest swordsmith, who lived more than 800 years ago.
Contributed by: Rebecca Mason
While filming in the Scottish Highlands, the productions medical team were kept busy in the afternoons. After a liquid lunch many of the hundreds of local scottish extras got a bit too enthusiastic during the clan battles with many minor injuries resulting! Many of the extras used in the battle scene were students from Glasgow University, who were recruited purely because of their long hair!
The opening wrestling scenes were originally scripted to take place during an ice hockey game but the NHL apparently didn't like the idea and so it was changed to wrestling.
When movies are made, scenes are often
left on the cutting room floor.
Sometimes, there will be several versions
of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may
release a special cut of the movie.
A scene that was originally cut out of the American release of the film was a short scene where MacLeod finds a little girl who will grow up to be his assistant later in life (in the movie). MacLeod must fight off a couple of Nazi's who are antagonizing the girl and he is shot in the process, which is how the girl learns of his secret. In the directors cut anniversary release of the film, the director talks about shooting that scene at the last minute with nothing more than his photographer and himself. No budget, no catering, nothing but the two of them and the actors. --The Nazi's are members of the production crew!