HIGHLANDER: FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL
By: Dusty Fincher
EXT. BREMEN CEMETERY - DAY
We open up on a smallish TOMBSTONE. On it is...
LOVING DAUGHTER AND WIFE
We pan around the graveyard and find ourselves in a fall atmosphere.
A young man, mid 20s
comes walking up to the tombstone. He's carrying a bouquet of roses.
He kneels in front of the gravestone and places the flowers in front
of it. A sadness is evident
in his eyes. He bows his head.
I think I saved you a lot of pain,
The young man's head jerks up at the voice. DANIEL MARTIN stands
up and slowly spins
around to find himself face to face with another man, a tad bit older than himself.
You caused me a great deal of pain.
You would have outlived her, Martin. She
would have died while you were still in
essence a young man. You would have had
to live with that for the rest of your immortal
I still have to live with it for the rest of my
immortal life, though I sense you've come to
cut it short. Like you did that day those two
months ago and didn't find me home.
Your wife put up a fine struggle.
Is this what it is to be immortal? To kill one
another? What a wasted lifestyle. And
when someone who is not one of us gets
hurt or killed in the whole bloody game, we
just shrug it off.
Worries you won't have to live with much
Monty pulls out a sword and makes a swift strike at Martin's head.
In a flash, Martin has his sword
out of his trench coat and blocks the blow.
They exchange a few more blows, then Monty kicks out, knocking Martin
off his feet. Martin's
sword flies to the side as he lands on his back. Monty brings his sword down, but Martin
rolls out of the way, barely avoiding a beheading.
On his knees, Martin grabs his sword and swings it, intent on cutting the other off at his feet.
Monty leaps into the air, avoiding the swipe. Martin is now on
his feet. Monty brings his
sword around, intent on decapitating Martin. Martin ducks and Monty's sword buries itself
in a tombstone. Monty grunts as he tries to pull it out. It's stuck.
Martin throws a kick to Monty's head, knocking him down.
This is stupid. Killing each other, in search
of what? In search of a prize? The other
guy, the Highlander. He thought he won
the prize, but he was wrong. Don't you
people understand. There is no prize. It's
a myth. I didn't ask to be immortal.
None of us did. But, it is our lot in life. Kill
or be killed.
So be it.
In a move borne of desperation, Monty tries to get up and leap for his
sword, but he is
tripped up by Martin. Martin brings down his sword for the final blow.
Monty's head comes off.
Martin stands there, looking at the body, waiting for it to happen.
Then, it does.
Energy FLOWS from the dead body, and makes its way to Martin, who raises his
arms and allows it to flow into him.
Gravestones explode and lightening strikes as Martin receives the power of Monty.
There can be only one. Whatever.
He shakes his head in disgust and walks off.
EXT. LOCH SHIEL - DAY
A small house rests on the shore of the Loch. The door opens and
out steps CONNOR
MACLEOD, not looking too much older than the last time we saw him. The only way
we can tell that time has made it's mark on him is his eyes.
Connor walks out to the shoreline and looks out over the water. He closes his eyes.
He senses a presence and opens his eyes as he turns around to see
his wife of fifteen years. She, on the other hand, has aged.
She puts her arm around
Connor's neck and they embrace.
She doesn't answer. She cuddled up to him, nesting her head in his chest.
Do you wish sometimes you didn't
do it, Connor? Do you sometimes
wish we were never married?
If I knew you were going to die and I would
live forever, I don't know if I could handle it.
I wouldn't trade these years with you for all
the time in the world.
Besides. Time heals all wounds, huh?
If that were true, I would have plenty of
time to be healed of just about everything
Brenda smiles and they hold each other, looking over the water.
EXT. MOUNTAIN RANGE - DAY
We pan over a mountain range. capped by snow, at an undisclosed place.
We come down on the
mountains, swooping over several peaks, before we come down on one in particular.
On top of this peak, we find an ASIAN MAN, brandishing a sword.
He executes some moves,
incorporating some martial arts into it. We watch him for a few minutes, then he suddenly
stops. He spins around, swinging his sword.
It stops short of cutting down another man. This is HIRUSHA LI.
(The following is translated from Chinese)
Your skills are unparalleled, Chi.
CHI CHANG bows his head.
What news do you bring?
His imminence wishes to see you.
They start walking off.
EXT. TEMPLE OF LO
Establishing shot of a TEMPLE, built into the side of one of the mountains.
INT. TEMPLE OF LO - MAIN ROOM
Chi Chang is kneeling on the floor, bowing to a figure sitting on a
raised chair. This is
THE MASTER OF THE ORDER OF LO. Chi looks up.
You wish to see me, imminence?
Your training has not been for nothing.
The Immortals are starting to grow in
What do you wish me to do?
You must hunt down as many of these
Immortals as you can, and kill them.
They are a menace to the way of life.
They are abominations. Others will
be sent out as well, but you are the
best. I expect great results from you.
I will not fail, master.
EXT. HILTON BAPTIST CHURCH - EVENING
A couple of cars are parked in the parking lot of the smallish church.
Another car pulls into
REVEREND PAUL DAVIDS walks into the SANCTUARY part of the church and
finds a man
kneeling at the alter.
The man looks up, an older, strong looking man. PETER MCGUIRE
speaks with a slight
Brother McGuire, there is a young man here
who wishes to speak with you. But he doesn't
want to come in here.
Did he say who he was?
He said to tell you that he was someone you
mentored when he was younger.
Peter gets a wry smile on his face.
EXT. CHURCH - EVENING
Peter comes out of the door, and walks up to where Daniel Martin leans against his car.
Daniel. It's been a great long while.
Five years. That has to be like a blink
of an eye to you.
I forget that for an Immortal, you are still
If you mean born in this century, yeah
I guess so. Tell me again, Peter, how is it they
missed you those years ago? Remember
all the talk you told me about. There can
be only one. Was it a crock?
Maybe. Maybe not. I refused to participate
in the Gathering. Somehow, that brute, the
Kurgan missed me while he was systematically
wiping out all of the other Immortals.
And since the Kurgan went down, there
really hasn't been any activity.
The Highlander went back home, thinking
he won the Prize. What he did was best
an Immortal that killed more Immortals than
one could count. He got that power. In my
opinion, the Gathering and the Prize is just
another myth, retold through many, many
And now the Immortals are starting to become
Yes. I guess the Kurgan failed to realize that
there are Immortals that still hadn't found out
about their immortality when he went on his
rampage. Some who were merely children.
Yet, the newer ones are thinking about this
Prize already. They go and kill each other
as if it were a game.
I was sorry to hear about your wife, Daniel.
I know that must have been hard for you.
The bastard was looking for me. He found
Crystal and decided to kill her, to entice me,
to enrage me even more, so he could have
more of a challenge.
What has become of this one.
Daniel casts his eyes down.
I took flowers to Crystal's grave, and he was
there. His power is now mine.
This is getting out of hand. Innocent people
are getting killed. Is there anyway to stop
I wish that there were. But the Immortals
will kill each other until there is one left.
Even the ones like you and I, who wish
peace, will probably have to do battle, just
to defend our lives. It may not get bad for
Basically, if I see an Immortal near me, it
can't possibly be good.
There is an Immortal near you now. Is that
You're different, Peter. You do not wish
for the so-called Prize.
Don't go out for vengeance, Daniel. That, for
sure, will not be good. There are others, like us,
who wish for peace.
Is that so?
Indeed it is.
It's done me good to see you well, Peter.
And I you. Take care, Daniel. And remember
Daniel nods and walks around to the driver's side of his car.
He gets in, starts the car and
drives off. Peter looks after him, watching long after the car has gone, worriedly.
EXT. MACLEOD RESIDENCE - DAY
Connor kisses Brenda as he walks towards the shore of Loch Shiel and
a boat. He
gets in the boat and shoves off.
EXT. LOCH SHIEL - DAY
Connor is kicked back in his boat with a fishing rod dangling a line
over the side. The mood
is entirely lazy. Suddenly, Connor's eyes glint as he senses another presence close.
He slowly gets up to a sitting position and looks around.
Another boat, quickly approaching his. A young man rows the boat.
It comes up along side
Connor cautiously reaches for the hilt of his ever ready sword.
The young man catches his
Connor? Connor MacLeod?
Who are you? What do you want?
My name is Robert Logan, and I
need your help.
What are you talking about?
A few years back, I got into a knife fight.
The lad I was fighting got me in a good
blow and left me for dead. Problem is, I
shoulda been dead. I was good as new
I got to researching several different cases
such as mine. I met some people and I've
heard some stories. I've traveled around a
bit. The trail led to you, Connor MacLeod,
over five hundred years old. A man who
can't die, just like myself.
I have no idea what you're talking about.
You sound crazy to me. Can't die, huh?
Heh heh heh. Suppose you just had a
medical miracle. They happen, you know.
Several other times, I've been wounded in
ways that should have killed me, most of
it self inflicted. I heal just like that. I've tried
all kinds of ways to kill myself, researching.
I've survived. The only thing I haven't
tried is cutting off me own head, and I'm sure
you know why.
It's common sense not to cut off your own
head. Now, what makes you think I'm this
Connor person and how did you find me
I met your wife, on the house on the shore.
She told me, and if you don't mind me saying,
isn't she a bit old for you.
My wife, huh?
He lifts his head and laughs.
Yes, she does indeed appear older than me. Just
one of the many disadvantages of being an
So you are Connor MacLeod? An Immortal.
And so, it seems, are you. Now, what do you
want with me.
I've heard the stories. Most of the so called
"Immortals" have mentors. And now that I've
without a doubt verified that I am an Immortal,
I would like you to mentor me.
Me? Mentor you? I don't think so.
With that, Connor reels in his fishing line and sets off for shore, without another word.
Robert looks after him, speechless, then heads after him.
EXT. HIGHLANDS - FOREST
We find Connor MacLeod, now with long hair, a younger look in his eyes.
He eyes a young man,
another Immortal. It is 1563.
Connor draws his sword and attacks the younger man, who quickly gets
his sword up and
blocks the blow. They go at it a few minutes, deftly attacking and blocking each other.
Finally, Connor feints one way and then brings his sword up to the others
he can counteract the move.
Looks as though you've lost your head,
How do you do it?
Connor lowers his sword.
You must tap into the life force around you,
feel it in you. The Quickening. Anticipate
your opponent's moves and be there with your
sword before they are. But always remember,
they can do the same thing. What makes you
better than your opponent is your heart.
He taps Benjamin in the chest area were his heart is with the flat part of the sword.
Your determination and your will to survive.
Connor quickly brings the sword up for a strike. Benjamin blocks it and counterattacks.
Good. You are learning.
Benjamin smiles, proud of himself. Connor brings the sword up
to his neck once again,
before he can do anything about it.
And never be too proud of yourself.
Now, let's go. I believe Heather has cooked up
something nice for us.
Sheathing their swords, the two men turn and walk away.
INT. MACLEOD RESIDENCE
Connor enters the kitchen to find a note on the refrigerator door. He looks at it.
Went to town to pick up a few things from the store.
Maybe it will give you time to talk privately to the young
man who's no doubt found you by now. Be back later.
Connor sighs in exasperation and turns around to see Robert standing in the doorway.
Did I not make myself clear enough?
You have to mentor me.
Really? I think I can make my own decisions.
Find someone else.
There is no one else.
Sure there is. I could give you some names.
There is no one else that is as good as you.
Connor doesn't have an immediate retort to that one.
It's a fight for our lives out there, Connor.
You are the best. If I am trained by the best,
my chances of survival are better than anyone's.
All these guys out there now, they are young
and dangerous. One had his head decapitated
just the other week in a graveyard.
If I am the best, as you say, it was because I
was a good learner and I had a good teacher.
It doesn't make me a good teacher.
Then where is the one who taught you?
He's been dead over five hundred years.
Then you are the one.
No, I am not. I'm through with this silly
They'll come after you, too. They'll come
here for your head.
A dangerous glint shimmers in Connor's eyes.
For their sake, I would hope not.
But they will. Whether you like it or not,
you will be back in the game. Maybe not
soon, but eventually, they will come.
I don't see how that would convince me
to train you.
You've been out of it for what, fifteen years
now? It would be like refreshing yourself on
all the stuff you may have gotten soft on.
You forget, I am Immortal. Fifteen years is
nothing to me.
Well, do it out of the goodness of your heart,
Connor has no response.
I'll tell you what I'll do out of the goodness of
my heart. I'll let you eat dinner with my wife
and I and I will let you stay the night here.
You'll have to be on your way tomorrow.
At least that will give me time to convince you.
I doubt very seriously you can convince me.