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Sika’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time! 81. Highlander (1986)

July 31, 2011

81. Highlander [DVD] (1986)

Plot: Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) is an immortal, born in the Highlands of Scotland in 1518. When he is wounded in battle but does not die, he is banished from his village. He then meets Ramirez (Sean Connery), who teaches him swordsmanship and the ways of the immortals.

In 1986 New York is the location of The Gathering, where MacLeod and the few remaining immortals must battle to the death for The Prize.

Also Starring: Roxanne HartClancy Brown
Directed by: Russell Mulcahy
Written by: Gregory Widen, Peter Bellwood, Larry Ferguson
Genre: Action/Fantasy
Length: 116 min
Budget: $16,000,000 (estimated)
Gross Revenue: $5,735,847 (USA)

He fought his first battle on the Scottish Highlands in 1536. He will fight his greatest battle on the streets of New York City in 1986. His name is Connor MacLeod. He is immortal. (tagline)

Review: What ever happened with Christopher Lambert? Seriously. I don’t think I’ve heard or read about him since that Mortal Kombat movie he did.

Perhaps he died? Which would be kind of ironic since he in this movie plays an immortal. Well, unless someone cuts off his head with a big sword. That apparently does the trick even if you are an immortal. So I guess basically he’s not an immortal…

Favorite Quote:
Connor MacLeod: There can be only one!

But it is an awesome movie nonetheless!! I do however get the story of Highlander confused with the not-as-good sequels but in this one he fights, tries to stay alive AND stands on a mountain/hill with Sean Connery.

And all of that to a Queen soundtrack!!

Nerdiest Movie Trivia:
Mickey Rourke was considered for the role of Connor MacLeod.


PREVIOUS ON THE LIST: 82. Apollo 13 (1995)


3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2011 10:59

    The Lambert is alive and… not kicking. But he got “will be rediscovered by Tarantino” written all over him. He is fat and look like he had a total makeover done by Nick Nolte – and that is probably why he was so awesome in Claire Denis’ White Material! It probably helped that he didn’t have to speak English too…

  2. August 1, 2011 10:59

    Dirty confession: I’ve never seen this movie. But I just scheduled it to record on my DVR, so I should be seeing it within a month or so.

  3. August 1, 2011 10:59

    It’s still a great film even though some (most) of the things I once thought was cool (Lambert) in it is now ridiculous… but in a great way. Recently re-watched it and was overwhelmed with how entertained I was!

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