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Films to See Before You Die: #93 Highlander

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Highlander (1986)

Director: Russell Mulcahy

Cast: Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery, Clancy Brown, Roxanne Heart

Synopsis: Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) a Scottish Highlander in 1536 is killed in battle by the Kurgan (Clancy Brown) but awakes the next day fully healed from his wounds. His clan being superstitious casts him out as the Devil. A few years later he meets Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez (Sean Connery) who tells him that like MacLeod he is an immortal that will live forever. The only catch is there are other immortals and they are all fighting for the prize and the only way they can die is if there head leaves their neck, because there can be only one. Flash forward 450 years and there are only a few immortals left including MacLeod and the Kurgan. MacLeod must protect his new love and beat the Kurgan to the prize.

Trivia: The church scene involving Kurgan (Clancy Brown) was filmed at night time with the permission of the priests in charge. Still, Brown’s lines were ad-libbed and were reportedly considered so sacrilegious that the priests off-camera were making the sign of the cross as he said them.

Why I think you should see this: This film is a guilty pleasure for me because it is very much an 80’s movie as evidenced by the Queen soundtrack. It has a very tragic side story in the fact that living forever also means you are surrounded by death. Clancy Brown is absolutley delicious as the villainous Kurgan and while he doesn’t appear in the film for long Sean Connery steals what little scenes he has. Christopher Lambert is also excellent as Connor MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod.

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About Trevor

Hi my name is Trevor and this is my blog! Films are a passion of mine. I am a total film geek. I own over 700 films and the collection is ever growing. I studied Film Studies and Scriptwriting in College. What I have learned about films is mostly self taught.

2 responses to “Films to See Before You Die: #93 Highlander

  1. noa834 ⋅

    Love your review and descrition of why you love it. Guilty pleasure”. Makes me want to see the film!

  2. I Do A CHRISTOPHER LAMBERT Double-Shot Every Weekend. I’m Just Happy To See It When Someone Else Gives Him Some Love!
    The Whole HIGHLANDER Franchise Is A Guilty Pleasure…
    …Only I Don’t Really FEEL Guilty.
    I Just LOVE’EM!!! hahaha
    Nifty Review, Indeed!
    -BRAD

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