Among humans for centuries, an immortal specie existed. Connor MacLeod is a member of this specie. Unaware of his powers, he is unable to explain his revival after his apparent death in a clan-fight in the 15th century. This convinces the superstitious villagers to stone him and drive him out of the village. He then encounters another one of his kind, Ramirez, who indoctrinates him in the ways of the immortals. The only way these "immortals" can die is by having their heads cut off. Given the credo that there can only be one, you can imagine a race where everyone tries to chop everyone else's head off. Of course, in such a race, there'll be factions, and MacLeod and Ramirez are one side battling the forces of evil immortals who want to take over the planet and wreak destruction on it. — Rotten Tomatoes
The original Highlander exploded onto our screens in 1986. A novel idea, dropping gods and immortals into the Highlands of Scotland, with big swords, lots of reticent passion, and instructions to chop heads off. The movie suffered from some of the worst accents we had ever heard at the time and some pretty ham acting to boot. But the movie was fun, never intended for Oscar night. And it found its audience. So much so that a further 5 movies were made, a TV Series, and a whole bunch of comic books.
Not being of a tall stature myself, and in lieu of never feeling quite comfortable with dumbells, I once hired the whole series from the DVD store in Oban in an attempt to "man up" in one weekend. Binged out the whole weekend, an orgy of tartan, swords, and tumbling heads. Sunday night I went around to the chippie (that's fish and chips takeaway) and they couldn't understand one word I said. I had morphed by digital osmosis into Connor MacLeod — at least my voice had, my slight reflection in the chippie window totally betrayed my new-found self-image. Bah!
Well the good news is ... the remake is coming! Maybe hitting our screens in 2019. There can be only one! I — don't — think — so! Oh, how I wish the corner DVD store was still in business...
Highlander (1986)Official Trailer
Highlander III: The Sorcerer (1994)Theatrical Trailer
Highlander Endgame (2000)Trailer
Highlander: The Source (2007)Trailer
Search for Vengeance (2007)Trailer
The Highlander movie reboot is moving towards a 2019 release date, now that Lionsgate is satisfied with the latest script draft.
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.
In the year 2025, the ozone layer is believed to have been destroyed. It is up to MacLeod and Rameriz to set things right. Opposition comes from both the planet Ziest (MacLeod and Ramirez's homeworld) and a corporation profiting from the supposed lack of ozone.
Starts off in the 15th century, with Connor McLeod (Christopher Lambert) training with another immortal swordsman, the Japanese sorcerer Nakano (Mako). When an evil immortal named Kane (Mario Van Peebles) kills the old wizard, the resulting battle leaves him buried in an underground cave.
Immortals Connor and Duncan Macleod join forces against a man from Connor's distant past in the highlands of Scotland, Kell, an immensely powerful immortal who leads an army of equally powerful and deadly immortal swordsmen and assassins. No immortal alive has been able to defeat Kell yet, and neither Connor nor Duncan are skilled enough themselves to take him on and live.
The world is falling into chaos. As he roams a crumbling city, Duncan MacLeod, the Highlander, remembers happier times before the love of his life left... Hopeless and alone, MacLeod finds his way to a band of immortal companions, including his mysterious friend Methos, and a mortal, Watcher Joe Dawson.
Colin MacLeod hunts for the man responsible for the death of his love. He chases the immortal Marcus Octavius across centuries as his quest threatens to take over his life and heart. In his quest, he meets a woman who reminds him of his slain beauty.