Silvercup Studios

Saga Highlander
Movie Highlander Russell Mulcahy (1986)
It is after kidnapping Brenda that the terrible Kurgan gives MacLeod a rendezvous on the roof of Silvercup Studios. Where the final confrontation is to be held...
Silvercup Studios New York
Silvercup Studios New York. Photo credit: Fantrippers

“- I’ve been alive for four and a half centuries. I cannot die.

– Well, everybody’s got their problems.”

Connor MacLeod (Christophe Lambert) and Brenda Wyatt (Roxanne Hart)

When Russell Mulcahy, the film’s director, arrives with his team in New York, Silvercup Studios has only been open for three years and has mainly been used for music videos and commercials.

Nevertheless, the complex, located in Queens, Long Island City, is quickly becoming as much of a must-see as its famous sign on the roof.

In Highlander, it is completely destroyed by the dreaded Kurgan (Clancy Brown). Gregory Widen’s script, which has been extensively revised, goes into production under the direction of Australian filmmaker Russell Mulcahy with Christophe Lambert in the lead role.

The latter, still riding high on the success of Greystoke, landed his spot after Mickey Rourke turned him down. The Frenchman teams up with Sean Connery. Filmed in Scotland, England and Canada, Highlander also stops at the new Silvercup Studios, to shoot the final scene in the upper floors, near the roof where Queen was also invited to shoot the video for Princes of the Universe, one of the six songs used in the film.

Clip in which Christophe Lambert reprises his role as Connor MacLeod, this time engaged in a merciless duel with Freddie Mercury.


Sean Connery shot all his scenes in one week. A contract for which he was paid one million dollars.

Scene at Silvercup Studios in Highlander
Scene at Silvercup Studios in Highlander. Photo credit: Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment and Highlander Productions Limited
Scene at Silvercup Studios in Highlander
Scene at Silvercup Studios in Highlander. Photo credit: Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment and Highlander Productions Limited
Scene at Silvercup Studios in Highlander
Scene at Silvercup Studios in Highlander. Photo credit: Thorn EMI Screen Entertainment and Highlander Productions Limited

Silvercup Studios

Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, James Gandolfini, Sarah Jessica Parker, Robert De Niro, Nicole Kidman… Many of them have worked at Silvercup Studios, the largest film and television shooting complex in New York.

Representing a comfortable alternative for all directors wishing to work in New York, Silvercup Studios soon became indispensable on the East Coast of the United States.

A sort of small Hollywood, just a stone’s throw from Manhattan, with a branch in the Bronx.

Works such as Black Rain, The Godfather 3, Little Nicky, Meet the Parents, Gangs of New York, The Devil Wears Prada, Julie and Julia and Crazy Night were filmed there.

Even television has taken hold of it, with productions of The Sopranos, Sex and the City, 30 Rock, Ugly Betty, Mad Men, Gossip Girl and Fringe.

In Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David goes there to shoot a scene on the roof under the direction of Martin Scorsese.

In Friends, Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) was the studio’s guest when he played Dr. Drake Ramoray in Days of Our Lives.

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By Gilles Rolland

Friday, October 8, 2021

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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