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Highlander

Year:
Duration:
Argentina:60 min | Israel:45 min | USA:60 min (119 episodes)
Genres:
Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Mystery | Sci-Fi
IMDB rate:
7.4
Awards:
10 nominations
Details
Country: Canada
Release Date: 1992-10-06
Filming Locations: Bordeaux, Gironde, France
Cast
Actor
Character
Elizabeth Gracen
Elizabeth Gracen
Highlander
Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard
Highlander
Adrian Paul
Duncan 'Mac
Stan Kirsch
Richard H. 'Richie' Ryan
Jim Byrnes
Joe Dawson
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Trivia
Adrian Paul loved doing flashback scenes where he was given the opportunity to wear period clothing. He always wanted to do an episode set entirely in the past. He did so in the sixth season episode "Unusual Suspects", set in 1929.
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Plans for a spin-off series led to a group of sixth-season episodes focusing on a new female Immortal (a "back-door pilot" in industry-speak). None of these characters caught on, and the established character of Amanda (Elizabeth Gracen) became the lead for Highlander: The Raven (1998).
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It is said that it took seven days to film one episode in Vancouver and Eight days in Paris.
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Goofs
Episode 1.20, "Avenging Angel", features a swordfight between immortals that appears to be on holy ground; however the site is actually a museum displaying religious artifacts from the crusades. The confusion arises because footage from this fight is seen in the opening credits of later episodes as the narrator speaks of holy ground.
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Quotes
Methos: Great, you knock me on my bum because I make a bad joke, very macho.
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Tessa Noel: [with a welding torch in her hand] I may not be able to kill you, but I'll give you a facial you won't forget.
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Methos: You think it takes courage to do what we do? Face another immortal with a sword knowing only one of you will live. You try being her. You try living one year knowing that your time is running out. That no matter how much you train, no matter how many tricks you have, you STILL lose. That's the way it is for them. So little time for them to SEE anything or DO anything.
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Faq
Q
Immortals aside are there other supernatural elements to the Highlander universe?
A
At first the answer is decisively no, Duncan is actually dismissive of the idea to Richie. However in later seasons we see Immortals cast illusions, read minds, exhibit mind control, prophesise the future, have psychic visions and out of body experiences and undergo spiritual cleansing using magical pools. We also establish the existence of demons and possibly of werewolves/shapeshifters. We know from the original Highlander film that when Connor wins 'The Prize' he gains the power to read and influence people's minds all over the world so it may be that other Immortals who exhibit special abilities have also won a 'Prize' at some stage.
Q
What are the rules for being an Immortal?
A
Immortals can never have children even when they marry one another, although we see many adopt orphans and raise them to adulthood before faking their own deaths and creating a new identity. Immortals are forbidden to fight on holy ground of any religion. This was originally construed as just a tradition but in Highlander 3 we see the appearance of a spirit like apparition (similar to the one glimpsed in Highlander when Connor wins 'The Prize') which actually forbids it when 2 Immortals try. Combat between Immortals is always supposed to be one on one and using swords although we see some cheat during the course of the series. When a group of Immortals has amassed enough kills and the 'Quickenings' which accompany them they feel an irrestible urge to come together in what is known as 'The Gathering' to fight to the death. The winner receives 'The Prize', a new set of mental abilities coupled with the ability to grow old and have children should they wish to. Should only one Immortal remain out of them all they will be all-powerful.
Q
What powers do Immortals have?
A
Immortals grow and age normally until they die for the first time and after that they never age, we see Immortals who are still children despite being hundreds of years old but we also see them as old men because they didn't die for the first time until they were that age. They can sustain massive wounds which heal almost immediately and if their injuries are enough to be fatal to an ordinary human they die but come back to life again a short time later. They cannot regenerate severed limbs etc as shown in S02E14 'Unholy Alliance I' and we know that when Ramirez cuts the Kurgan's vocal chords in the original film neither they nor the scar across his neck heal. They can sense one another's presence and also are able to detect when a mortal human is destined to become an Immortal. They can be killed only by decaptiation whereupon a nearby Immortal can absorb their knowledge and power through 'The Quickening'. They can also breathe underwater although they do need to eat and drink.
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Photos from cast
Elizabeth Gracen Claudia Christian Marion Cotillard Alice Evans Jamie Harris Rachel Hayward Ocean Hellman Kristin Minter
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