There could be only
one Highlander, but there could be more than one
Highlander movie. The original Highlander was
released in 1986, and Highlander 2 in 1991. There
were several more sequels produced and even a TV show
that ran from 1992 to 1998. Focusing on the
original release, reviews were mostly positive.
The movie did not do well at theatres in the USA, but it
faired well in Europe, which created enough buzz to make
it a cult classic in the USA. .
In the movie, immortal Connor MacLeod,
played by Christopher Lambert, goes about the business
of understanding his roots, with the help of fellow
immortal Juan Sanchez Villa-Robos Ramirez, played by Sean Connery.
There are a number of flashbacks between modern day New
York City and other places/times in history, such as
16th century Scotland. It is in the 16th century
where MacLeod receives his assistant from Juan.
Immortals must fight
each other to the death, because as far as immortals go,
only one can claim the ultimate prize (ultimate power
and knowledge). This must take place at "the gathering",
which is essentially the ultimate battle of immortals.
In the end, "there can be only one". Death must be
by beheading, and when the rival is killed, their power
is then absorbed by the surviving immortal.
Immortals recognize each other through a extrasensory
perception called "the quickening".
By the end of the
movie, there are only two immortals left; Kurgen and
MacLeod. Kurgen's intention is to claim the prize,
and he kidnaps MacLeod's new girlfriend, a reporter
named Brenda. Using her as bait, Kurgen draws
MacLeod into a battle. MacLeod prevails, and the
prize is his. Part of the prize is mortality, in
addition to being pantheisticaly connected to everything
in the world, and thus he is able to settle down, have a
family, and die like the rest of us. Which,
ultimately, is all he wanted.