Highlander (1986)

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An immortal Scottish swordsman must confront the last of his immortal opponent, a murderously brutal barbarian who lusts for the fabled "Prize".

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  • Clancy Brown and Christopher Lambert in Highlander (1986)
  • Sean Connery in Highlander (1986)
  • Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert in Highlander (1986)
  • Christopher Lambert in Highlander (1986)
  • Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert in Highlander (1986)
  • Clancy Brown in Highlander (1986)

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9 March 2005 | CTS-1
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| A Good Film Whose Reputation Has Been Dragged Down By Poor Sequels
When I first saw this film, I thought it was great. Connery is good, Lambert does passably well, the effects are good, the idea of a bunch of special individuals who had known about each other (and in some cases, liked each other) for centuries being drawn together, knowing that only one could come out alive. The effects were, at the time, good and had not been flogged to death. I even enjoyed the introductory clan-on-clan warfare.

Then came Highlander 2, a film which deserved its place on the Bottom 100 and the nadir of Sean Connery's career. As someone else said about that film: "don't break every rule you set up in the first film." Even the series didn't do that. And the reputation of the first good film suffered.

Separating the first film from the bad sequels, and a series that a lot of people can take or leave, it is still a good film. Unfortunately, a good idea was taken and flogged to death afterward.

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