An immortal Scottish warrior faces off against a powerful
adversary who seeks to destroy him and become the last immortal.
Directed by Russell Mulcahy
Written by Gregory Wilden, Peter Bellwood, Larry Ferguson
Starring Christopher Lambert, Roxanne Hart, Clancy Brown,
Sean Connery, Beatie Edney, Alan North, Jon Polito, Sheila Gish
Highlander is the sort of film that hasn't aged well, but still puts a smile on your face for reasons you can't quite understand and probably never will. It's a campy-as-hell action/fantasy starring French actor Christoper Lambert as a Scot and Scottish actor Sean Connery as a Spaniard. Yeah, I don't understand either. The most incredible thing about Highlander is that all the crazy stuff that would kill any other movie meshes together to make this film actually pretty exciting and entertaining.
Highlander tells the story of a secret race of immortal warriors who are destined to kill each other until only one remains. The final immortal will then claim something known as The Prize. Lambert's character Connor MacLeod is one of two remaining immortals, the other being the barbaric Kurgan played hilariously by character actor Clancy Brown. The fight for The Prize is ridiculously complicated, mostly because of all the nonsensical rules surrounding the lives of the immortals. They can't have children, they can only be killed by decapitation, they can't fight on holy ground, and the list goes on. The source of their power is described as the Quickening, which is even vaguer than the rules.
Despite these issues, Highlander is a bizarre 80's camp classic that is surprisingly watchable. It sports a solid cast of character actors and has Sean Connery trying his best to speak with a Spanish accent, which just sounds like his natural Scottish. Christopher Lambert may not be the best actor, but he fits right in as an immortal Scot with a powerful destiny. It's safe to say this cult hit will never fade away. After all, there can be only one.