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Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)

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In the future, Highlander Connor MacLeod must prevent the destruction of Earth under an anti-ozone shield.

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Russell Mulcahy

Writers:

Gregory Widen (characters), Brian Clemens (story) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Lambert ... MacLeod
Sean Connery ... Ramírez
Virginia Madsen ... Louise
Michael Ironside ... Katana
Allan Rich ... Neyman
John C. McGinley ... Blake
Phillip Brock ... Cabbie (as Phil Brock)
Rusty Schwimmer ... Drunk
Ed Trucco ... Jimmy
Steven Grives ... Hamlet (as Stephen Grives)
Jimmy Murray Jimmy Murray ... Horatio
Pete Antico ... Corda
Peter Bucossi ... Reno
Peter Bromilow ... Joe
Jeff Altman ... Doctor
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Storyline

The second "Highlander" movie, again with Christopher Lambert and Sir Sean Connery. It's the year 2024, and all of the ozone above Earth is gone. To protect people from dying, MacLeod helped in the construction of a giant "shield", several years ago. But, since there isn't anyone left who's Immortal after MacLeod's victory in the previous movie, he has stopped being an Immortal. Now he is just an old man, until one day some other Immortals arrive on our planet. You see, the Immortals come from another planet. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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It's a kind of magic. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, and some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | France | Argentina

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Highlander II: The Renegade Version See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,280,490, 3 November 1991

Gross USA:

$15,556,340

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,556,340
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (DVD) | (theatrical) | (theatrical)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | DTS (director's cut)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

No bluescreen or special effects were used for the hoverboard fight sequence. Christopher Lambert wore wires and harnesses, set up by the team behind the flying sequences in Superman (1978). See more »

Goofs

Throughout the high-speed subway scene, as the camera cuts back and forth from inside to outside the train, the passengers are flying towards the back of the train yet in one shot the passengers can clearly be seen sitting calmly behind Katana. In the same scene, the door separating the passengers from Katana is open in certain shots and closed in others. See more »

Quotes

Ramirez: ...we are joined in a way that can never be broken, not even by death. When you need me, you'll only have to call my name. I'll always find you.
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Alternate Versions

One additional note on the new Blu-Ray release. During the second scene of Ramirez's flight across the Atlantic, when he's talking to the attractive lady sitting next to him, they've removed the last three words when he's whispering in her ear ("on men's faces"), even in the subtitles. In the original Renegade version, these words were very plain. See more »

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Referenced in Demo Reel: The Dark Knight Begins Rising (2012) See more »

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Produced by Robin George
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User Reviews

New effects and this cut is at least watchable
29 November 2010 | by amesmondeSee all my reviews

Highlander Connor MacLeod must reveal the truth about the Earth's anti-ozone shield while fighting some immortals sent from the past.

It lacks the danger and finesse of the original, but thankfully the new Highlander 2 edit with updated effects makes this troubled and poorly executed sequel at least watchable, compared to the original theatrical release.

Michael Ironside and supporting cast give distracting, larger than life theatrical performances. Sean Connery lights up the screen, and Christopher Lambert is notable especially in the aged make-up. Virginia Madsen comes off in the best light, although she is not given enough to do, going from strong feisty conservationist to love interest in a blink of an eye. Nevertheless, the script is poor and the editing is still choppy. The film has a serious pacing issue which no amount of re-jigging can correct.

It has some redeeming qualities, the sets and score are excellent and director Russell Mulcahy gives some fantastic sweeping shots. The new cut now makes sense; for example why MacLeod becomes immortal again, hinting that he has forgotten a past, prior the setting of the first film, and gone is the idea that Ramírez and Connor come from another planet.

If you must watch Highlander 2, avoid the 'The Quickening' version at all cost and watch the 2010 blu-ray release. Although it's far from a kind of magic.


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