Review of Highlander

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Year: 1986 - Runtime: 116 - Director: Russel Mulcahy - Writer(s): Gregory Widen, Peter Bellwood, Larry Ferguson
Country: USA, U.K. - Language: English - Parental Guide: NR - Color: Color

Highlander PosterRating: ★★★★★★★★☆☆


A cult status can really elevate a film into something truly special. Highlander is an excellent film through and through. Upon its release, it received mediocre ratings and an overall pass. Yet through years of a dedicated following, the film saw a resurgence in the form of 4 terrible sequels, merchandise, and iconic status in its catchphrase and dialogue. There can be only one! Highlander is the story of a group of warriors who have been fighting to the “death” for centuries. The catch? The warriors are immortal, and only destiny can determine when this vicious battle will end. Connor is a skilled tactical fighter, but he obtains the training from Juan Sqanchex, played by Sean Connery, and the film really elevates into something unique.

Highlander is well constructed and enthralling, and for a cult film, it doesn’t rely on cheesy atypical scenarios and doesn’t break its own rules (probably because it wasn’t really meant to be a cult film given the actors and budget). Highlander’s intriguing plot stands the test of time.

Reason to Watch

Other than the fact that it truly is a cult classic in all regards, and essentially represents cult film-making in its prime form, it also has some amazing choreographed fight scenes. Sort of like Mortal Kombat, except with more tights.


Highlander tells two key stories, and follows characters through hundreds of years of violence and trouble. outside of the premise, and it is quite a premise, you have a film that says a lot about the changing tides of culture wrapped in a casing of excellent swordsmanship and classic lines from Sean Connery.

Most Memorable Quote(s)
  • Ramirez: Why does the sun come up, or are the stars just pinholes in the curtain of night? 
  • Kurgan: Tonight you sleep in hell. 
  • Angus MacLeod: He’s a Highlander, by God, and the last sound he hears should not be that of a wailing woman! 
What You Need to Get Through This Movie

You will probably need a to mail order a $1,000 sword from highlander. it’s hard to resist not buying one after Highlander.


Christopher Lambert, who played Connor, had just barely learned to speak English when he took this role.

Rock band Queen scored the film.

All of Sean Connery‘s scenes had to be filmed in a week due to Connery’s schedule. He had a bet with director Russell Mulcahy that they would not finish in seven days, but Mulcahy won the bet. 

Educational Content

Sean Connery is a better teacher than you

Queen can record a great soundtrack better than you

Everyone and everything involved with this film is better than you

Justification for Rating

Highlander is just about the quintessential cult film, with a phenomenal and innovative story. The many sequels that get exponentially worse after each one, soils the premise and franchise


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