It’s STACK‘s Friday Flick time, where each week we’ll recommend a slice of top movie viewing that’s sure to get your weekend off to a great start. This week, it’s Highlander.
In one of the best fantasy adventures of the 1980s, director Russell Mulcahy combines medieval hijinks with Queen songs, a Duran Duran music video aesthetic, and a liberal dash of The Terminator. A flop on its initial release, the film found a devoted cult following on home video.
Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) of the Clan MacLeod is one of the last remaining immortals, who have duelled down the centuries until the time of the Gathering, when the last one standing will inherit the prize of unimaginable power. MacLeod must face off against the brutal barbarian Kurgan (Clancy Brown) in New York, circa 1986, and try not to lose his head. “There can be only one!” (Not if there’s a franchise to be had – five sequels and a TV series followed.)
Four reasons why Highlander rocks
1. Those Queen songs: A Kind of Magic, Princes of the Universe and Who Wants to Live Forever.
2. Clancy Brown’s formidable villain, who looks like he should be fronting a metal band. “It’s better to burn out than to fade away.”
3. Sean Connery’s “Spanish peacock”. Part Mr. Miyagi, part Yoda, the screen legend carves the ham here and slices it thick.
4. The crazy casting: A Frenchman playing a Scot and a Scotsman playing an Egyptian/Spaniard.
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