in about 100 words or less
UK/US 110m, Colour
Director: Russell Mulcahy; Cast: Christopher Lambert, Roxanne Hart, Clancy Brown, Sean Connery
Highlander is an action science fiction melodrama that interweaves the past and present through immortal characters who are inexplicably out to behead each other until there is only one. A successful movie and television franchise, Highlander is the story of Connor MacLeod, a 16thC Scottish warrior whose miraculous recovery, after being seriously wounded in battle, is taken as the work of the devil. In jumping back and forth in time, Highlander can play with any number of historic periods, which is perhaps the secret to its success, and is only surpassed by Doctor Who having that luxury. And though now badly dated by Queen’s soundtrack, and rudimentary special effects, Highlander is nevertheless a guilty pleasure, and a movie with a strong cult following (Klaus Ming May 2015).