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Highlander Movie

Updated on September 12, 2014

The Highlander Classic Saga:

Unlike Vampires, Werewolves and other immortal species, the immortals of the Highlander movies don't rely on the blood of innocents. Instead they hunt one another in the ultimate competition.

Highlander the movie: a review

Highlander: Director's Cut [Blu-ray]
Highlander: Director's Cut [Blu-ray]

The Highlander movie series ranks up there as one of my all time favorite movies. The Highlander movies are flicks well worth the watching. The Highlander movie carries us into the immortal battles, where it is down to only two surviving immortals, and the final battle where only one immortal can be awarded the ultimate prize.

 

The Highlander movie saga begins.

The first Highlander movie introduces us to the world of immortals and to Connor MacLeod. Conner is a Scottish born man who has no reason to think he is anything but human, that is until he suffers a fatal injury, and survives. His clansmen believe him to be bewitched and cast him out of the clan.

Connor wanders the world alone until he meets the man who will become his mentor: Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez (Sean Connery). Ramirez teaches Connor MacLeod the way of the immortals.

As it turns out that the only way to defeat an immortal is to behead them, and what a surprise, one exceptionally powerful immortal by the name of Kurgan is out to get Connors head. The battle spans all the way to modern day (1984) where a string of beheadings attracts the attention of the Police.

Highlander: The 25th Anniversary Collection (Highlander: Director's Cut / Highlander 2: Renegade Version) [Blu-ray]
Highlander: The 25th Anniversary Collection (Highlander: Director's Cut / Highlander 2: Renegade Version) [Blu-ray]

Basically everything that happened in the first Highlander movie has changed. The entire mythology of Highlander is changed. And not necessarily to the liking of many of Highlander movie fans. You'll have to check The Quickening out to be the judge...

 

The Battles

The Highlander battles have a set of very frightening guidelines, where the stakes are high, and the consequences are permanent.

As each Highlander opponent is defeated, their power is transferred to the victor of the match, and the loser is removed from the game. The ultimate goal of these immortal competitions is to be the sole survivor. At the end of the battle there can be only one.

Highlander quotes to contemplate...

"I am Connor MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod. I was born in 1518 in the village of Glenfinnan on the shores of Loch Shiel. And I am immortal."

Highlander 2 movie - The Quickening

Highlander II: The Quickening
Highlander II: The Quickening

Basically everything that happened in the first Highlander movie has changed. The entire mythology of Highlander is changed. And not necessarily to the liking of many of Highlander movie fans. You'll have to check The Quickening out to be the judge....

 

The Highlander 2 movie - The Quickening

It is the year 2024, the immortals are determined to be exiles from the planet Zeist. Connor is no longer the only remaining immortal as the earth is invaded by hostile visitors from their home planet. All of the ozone above earth is gone so Connor helps in building a Shield but since the last movie he is no longer immortal. He is now an old man.

Soon, other immortal's from other planets come to earth and the battle is on. Ramirez returns to life as well. There is also help from an environmental activist names Louise Marcus who believes the ozone layer has repaired itself. Is the shield necessary anymore?

The Highlander movie action figure Ramirez

5.5" Ramirez: Quentin's Noble Mentor Action Figure with Power Thrust Action! - Highlander: The Animated Series
5.5" Ramirez: Quentin's Noble Mentor Action Figure with Power Thrust Action! - Highlander: The Animated Series

Ramirez comes to life in this Highlander movie collectible action figure. Collect the entire set.

 

Highlander 2: The Quickening

A little more time jumping and we are now somewhere between Highlander I and Highlander II. After the death of Ramirez, Connor sets out to find a new teacher in ancient Japan, a master of illusion.

Connor is unknowingly followed by the immortal Kane, they battle, and Kane is buried inside of the cave as Connor escapes. Years later Kane is free and he is searching for Connor once again.

Highlander: The Final Demension

Highlander: The Final Dimension (Special Director's Cut)
Highlander: The Final Dimension (Special Director's Cut)

The contest of immortals is still afoot and there can still only be one champion at the end of the battle. Who do you believe is the strongest immortal.

 

Which Highland movie was your favorite?

Which Highlander movie is the ultimate immortal flick?

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The Highlander Endgame movie

Highlander - Endgame
Highlander - Endgame

Connor can stand no more of life as an immortal, as he has seen too many of his loved ones die. So he goes into hiding, only to have his sanctuary attacked, and his chance at peace once again destroyed. Kinsmen Connor and Duncan must now join forces to battle the most powerful immortal alive, but is either of them strong enough to battle Kell alone, who will be the final immortal.

 

Highlander quotes to contemplate

"From the dawn of time we came; moving silently down through the centuries, living many secret lives, struggling to reach the time of the Gathering; when the few who remain will battle to the last. No one has ever known we were among you... until now."

The Highlander The Source movie

Highlander 5
Highlander 5

Apparently the immortals have also forgotten Highlander II as Duncan goes in search of the origin of the first immortal and the source of their immortality. If you loved the first movies then you have to see the sequels.

 

What is your opinion of the Highlander movies?

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      I haven't seen an entire Highlander movie. (I don't think so anyway.) My husband used to enjoy them though.

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      cwilson360 4 years ago

      I used to watch Highlander with my dad......this lens brings back good memories!

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      adiehltwin 4 years ago

      The movies were okay, but in my opinion the tv series was fantastic!

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      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      Wow... I haven't seen these movies for a long time... Highlander proved to be a pretty good set, I'd definitely watch them again ;)

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: I think you summed up the movie Highlander pretty well.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Let's see..gorgeous men, high action, a sense of the unknown with surprises along the way, intense music and fantasy...a perfect recipe and the Highlander movies put it all in a nice pacage that will keep your attention...check your pulse during some of these scenes!

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      The highlander looks like a great fantasy movie and I love the actors in it. Great features here.

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      MagnoliaTree 4 years ago

      I Love these movies! Your Highlander quotes sent shivers up my spine!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Loved the first movie Highlander! One of my all time favorites. :)

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @junecampbell: Watching movies is definitely getting easier all the time. Now that we have movie streaming on the Internet we can simply download to our computer or pick up the videos and watch our favorite movies as often as we like. I hope that you enjoy the Highlander movie when you get around to watching it. Pop up a big bowl of popcorn.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: There are so many great movies that are destined to be classics and the Highlander is one of these. I like have the Highlander movie trailers available for quick movie peeks.

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      Lorelei Cohen 5 years ago from Canada

      @anonymous: Being of Scottish descent on my fathers side I guess The Highlander was a good movie to review.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for your wonderful tribute one of my most favorite movie.. Highlander.. dearest lady :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great review of the Highlanders movies!

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      June Campbell 7 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I have never seen any of the Highlander movies,. Your lens does tweak my curiosity, though Perhaps I will check them out and see if they're as fascinating as they sound.