IMDb > Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
Highlander II: The Quickening
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 28 | slideshow) Videos (see all 3)
Highlander II: The Quickening -- In the future, Highlander Connor MacLeod must prevent the destruction of Earth under an anti-ozone shield.
Highlander II: The Quickening -- hv post

Overview

User Rating:
3.9/10   31,119 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
No change in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers (WGA):
Gregory Widen (characters)
Brian Clemens (story) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Highlander II: The Quickening on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
1 November 1991 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
It's a kind of magic. See more »
Plot:
In the future, Highlander Connor MacLeod must prevent the destruction of Earth under an anti-ozone shield. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
NewsDesk:
(54 articles)
Letters: Jaws, Grange Hill, Star Trek, underappreciated films
 (From Den of Geek. 27 November 2014, 2:31 AM, PST)

Highlander reboot: Tom Cruise targeted to co-star
 (From Den of Geek. 19 November 2014, 10:18 PM, PST)

Looking back at Highlander III: The Sorcerer
 (From Den of Geek. 2 September 2014, 6:27 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
I think Ebert said it best. See more (252 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Lambert ... Connor MacLeod

Sean Connery ... Juan Sánchez Villa-Lobos Ramírez

Virginia Madsen ... Louise Marcus

Michael Ironside ... Gen. Katana

Allan Rich ... Allan Neyman

John C. McGinley ... David Blake

Phillip Brock ... Cabbie (as Phil Brock)

Rusty Schwimmer ... Drunk

Ed Trucco ... Jimmy

Steven Grives ... Hamlet (as Stephen Grives)
Jimmy Murray ... Horatio

Pete Antico ... Corda
Peter Bucossi ... Reno
Peter Bromilow ... Joe
Jeff Altman ... Doctor
Diana Rossi ... Virginia

Randall Newsome ... Max guard
Karin Drexler ... Brenda
Max Berliner ... Charlie
Eduardo Sapac ... Holt
Michel Peyronel ... Kid #1
Sebastian Morgan ... Kid #2
Bruno Curichelli ... Zeist Chief Justice
Daniel Trovo ... Justice #2
Diego Leske ... Justice #3
Julio Breshnev ... Voices (voice)
Jonathon Slator ... Supervisor
Theodore McNabney ... TV reporter #1 (as Ted McNabney)
Patricia De Biaggi ... TV reporter #2
André Gere ... TV reporter #3
Jorge Ochoa ... Stage manager
Jorge Varas ... Latin supervisor
Alan McCormick ... Teenager
Miguel Fernández Alonso ... Roy
Roderick Cameron ... Security technician
Nora Zinsky ... Cabin attendant
Ezequiel Eskenazi Storey ... Max leader
Jacques Arndt ... Scientist #1
Nicolas Deane ... Scientist #2
Helen Buck ... Asian technician
Andres Geringer ... Russian technician
Matt Johnston ... Cobalt man
Héctor Malamud ... Psychic chef
Pedro Loeb ... Gen. Katana's aide
Americo Gallo ... Gravedigger
Dana Swain ... Safety spokesperson
Nicolas Frey ... Yuppie #1
Edward Nutkiewicz ... Yuppie #2 (as Eduardo Nutkiewitz)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bucossi ... (uncredited)

Harry K. Garvin ... Alarm technician (uncredited)
Mausi Martínez ... Ciudadana oriental (uncredited)

Russell Mulcahy ... Shield Control technician (uncredited)

Directed by
Russell Mulcahy 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Gregory Widen (characters)

Brian Clemens (story) and
William N. Panzer (story) (as William Panzer)

Peter Bellwood (screenplay)

Produced by
Donald P. Borchers .... line producer: additional photographic unit
Chris Chrisafis .... line producer
Robin S. Clark .... co-producer (as Robin Clark)
Guy Collins .... executive producer
Jack Cummins .... line producer
Peter S. Davis .... producer
Jean-Luc Defait .... producer
Ziad El Khoury .... producer
Stephen Kaye .... associate producer
William N. Panzer .... producer (as William Panzer)
Mari Provenzano .... associate producer
Alejandro Sessa .... co-producer
Mario Sotela .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Stewart Copeland 
 
Cinematography by
Phil Meheux (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hubert de La Bouillerie  (as Hubert C. de la Bouillerie)
Anthony Redman 
Charles Simmons (uncredited)
 
Casting by
Pamela Basker 
Fern Champion 
Sue Swan 
 
Production Design by
Roger Hall 
 
Art Direction by
John Frankish 
John King (supervising art director)
Cliff Robinson 
 
Costume Design by
Deborah Everton 
 
Makeup Department
Greg Cannom .... special makeup
Roland Blancaflor .... special makeup effects technician: Cannom Creations Inc (uncredited)
Alberto Moccia .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
John A. Amicarella .... additional post-production supervisor
Joe Camp III .... production manager
Craig Holt .... post-production supervisor (2004 video re-release)
David Pauker .... post-production supervisor
Aron Warner .... production manager
Alicia Alexander .... production manager: additional photography (uncredited)
Sabina Sigler .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
J. Stephen Buck .... first assistant director
Jack Cummins .... first assistant director
Carlos Gil .... second assistant director
Randall Newsome .... second assistant director
Claudio Reiter .... first assistant director (as Claudio Reitter)
Mike Topoozian .... first assistant director
Arthur Wooster .... second unit director
Michael Schroeder .... first assistant director: additional photography (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Michael Boone .... draughtsman (uncredited)
John Naulin .... body armor construction (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Tim Drury .... boom operator
Richard Shorr .... sound effects
Richard Shorr .... supervising sound editor
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Nick Finlayson .... senior special effects technician
Christian Gruaz .... prosthetic assistant
John Richardson .... special effects designer
Chris Corbould .... special effects floor supervisor (uncredited)
Neil Corbould .... special effects workshop supervisor (uncredited)
Ray O. Hardesty .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Kate Murray .... special makeup effects (uncredited)
L. Danielle Villegas .... effects camera assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Daniel Brown .... optical assistant: Stargate Films (as Dan Brown)
Mario Ghersi .... computer graphics
Allen Gonzales .... visual effects: animator
Jason Korber .... digital compositor (2004 edition)
Sam Nicholson .... visual effects designer
Jesse Silver .... visual effects matte department supervisor
Larry Arpin .... optical effects (uncredited)
Geeta Basantani .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Daniel Brown .... model shop foreman (uncredited)
Carlos Essmann .... clapper loader: visual effects unit (uncredited)
Jared Jones .... digital compositor (2004 edition) (uncredited)
Alan G. Markowitz .... optical effects cameraman (uncredited)
Jeff Nicholson .... optical effects (uncredited)
Laura Vineyard .... visual effects production coordinator (uncredited)
Joshua Weisel .... visual effects production assistant (uncredited)
Raulette Woods .... visual effects: Stargate Films (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Sandy Berumen .... stunts (as Sandy Beruman)
Kurt Bryant .... stunt coordinator: additional unit
Thomas Dewier .... stunts (as Tom Dewter)
Andy Gill .... stunts
Tommy J. Huff .... stunt double: MacLeod (as Tom Huff)
Jeff Imada .... stunts
Matt Johnston .... stunt double: Katana
Eddie Matthews .... stunts
Carl Milinac .... stunts (as Carl Milnac)
Arturo Noal .... stunts
Frank Orsatti .... stunt coordinator
Frank Orsatti .... stunts
Roxanna Palouzzi .... stunt double: Louise
Kristyn Randall .... stunt double: Louise (as Christy Randall)
Jerry Spicer .... stunts
Mike Stone .... stunts
Rocky Taylor .... stunt double: Ramirez
Steve Walters .... stunts (as Steve Walter)
Danny Weselis .... stunts
Marcelo Abeal .... stunts (uncredited)
Billy Bates .... stunts (uncredited)
Gilles Conseil .... stunts (uncredited)
Minor Mustain .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Abraham .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Mike Frift .... camera operator: second unit
Harry K. Garvin .... camera operator
Etienne George .... still photographer
Ian Jones .... Steadicam operator
Steve Mcleod .... best boy
Terry Potter .... gaffer
Rick Raphael .... Steadicam operator
Julio Serna .... video supervisor
Peter Turner .... camera operator
Kevin Fraser .... key grip: second unit (uncredited)
John Joleaud .... gaffer: USA (uncredited)
Jamie Thompson .... cinematographer: USA (uncredited)
Brian 'Wheat' Villegas .... gaffer: visual effects unit (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lois DeArmond .... costume illustrator (uncredited)
Marisa Urruti .... assistant to costume designer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Albert Coleman .... first assistant editor
Sharon McGeeney .... negative cutter
Brian Ralph .... negative cutter
Clay Walker .... post-production assistant
Maria Montoreano .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Michael Dittrick .... music editor
Seth Kaplan .... music supervisor
Jonathan Sheffer .... orchestrator
Blake Martin Moulin .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Jeff Seitz .... music scoring mixer (uncredited)
Jonathan Sheffer .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Mark White .... transportation
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator (uncredited)
William R. Peck .... driver (uncredited)
Adam Pinkstaff .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Chris Casady .... director of animated effects
Jill Gurr .... script supervisor
Martin Larumbe .... location manager
Frank Orsatti .... sword master
Andy Birmingham .... production accountant (uncredited)
Mark Carlton .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Yvonne Eastmond .... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Julie Hansen .... post-production accountant (uncredited)
Alejandro Levi .... location scout (uncredited)
Catherine Marie McDonald .... travel and shipping coordinator (uncredited)
Adam Samuelson .... louma crane technician (uncredited)
Gustavo Tieffenberg .... location manager (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Highlander II: The Renegade Version" - UK (director's cut), USA (video title (director's cut))
"Highlander 2" - USA (DVD title)
"Highlander 2: The Quickening" - USA (video box title)
"Highlander II" - USA (short title)
See more »
MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence, and some sexuality and language
Runtime:
91 min | USA:109 min (director's cut) | Argentina:92 min | UK:86 min (DVD version) | UK:100 min (theatrical version) | Sweden:100 min (theatrical version)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1998) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1991) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1991) | France:Unrated | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 (video premiere) (1991) (cut) | Norway:(Banned) (1990-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (cut) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Michael Ironside recalled his experiences on the film: "Yeah, listen, I hated that script. We all did. Me, Sean, Chris... we all were in it for the money on this one. I mean, it (the script) read as if it had been written by a thirteen year old boy. But I'd never played a barbarian swordsman before, and this was my first big evil mastermind type. I figured if I was going to do this stupid movie, I might as well have fun and go as far over the top as I possibly could. All that eye-rolling and foaming at the mouth was me deciding that if I was going to be in a piece of shit like that movie, I was going to be the most memorable fucking thing in it. And I think I succeeded."See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Katana drives the subway at high speed, obvious spark generators are visible in front of it.See more »
Quotes:
[Ramirez has been resurrected on stage in the middle of a performance of Hamlet. The actor playing Hamlet tries to continue]
Hamlet:Alas, poor Yorrick. I knew him Horatio...
Ramirez:Actually, it's Ramirez
See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
One DreamSee more »

FAQ

Does "The Quickening" pick up where "Highlander" left off?
What are the differences between the Quickening and the Renegade versions of this movie?
Why isn't Duncan McLeod in 'The Quickening'?
See more »
57 out of 69 people found the following review useful.
I think Ebert said it best., 26 July 2004
Author: Tom Benton (t.benton@methos.org) from Springfield, VT USA

Ah, friends. Come sit with me as we experience the Quickening. If we both stick our hands into a puddle of orange, shiny goo, we'll be shocked, and yet, united. Then we can battle the evil Katana and save Zeist from ... from what?

This is the effect of HIGHLANDER II.

HIGHLANDER II: THE QUICKENING is set in the future. Well, at least, I think it is. The film begins on Earth in the year 1999. Then, it heads off to the planet Zeist 500 years before. Following that, we're back to Earth in the year 2024. I'd say the film is pretty much divided between being on Earth in 2024 and Zeist 500 years before, but I think it was meant to be on Earth in 2024.

Now that that's cleared up ...

Imagine, if you will, that most of what they told us in the original HIGHLANDER was crap. Immortals don't come from nowhere, they come from the planet Zeist. The entire original HIGHLANDER movie was lies! Lies! Lies!

And if you believe that, I've got some $200,000 property for you down in sunny North Carolina.

Connor MacLeod, the main character of the original film (played by Christopher Lambert), is old and dying. When, in 1999, the Earth's ozone layer was nearly completely gone, MacLeod created The Shield Corporation, which then created a shield which would protect the Earth from the sun's violent rays. But in 2024, the world is a dark dungheap, and MacLeod's pretty much to blame.

Now let's go back to the planet Zeist. General Katana (Michael Ironside) is pretty pissed. MacLeod's still alive. So he sends his two retarded minions to kill MacLeod. The extremely elderly MacLeod somehow starts dancing around like Dean Martin and beheads both of them. The power of their lifeforce makes him young once again and free to kiss terrorist Louise Marcus (Virginia Madsen) and then try to take down the world's anti-Ozone shield. Oh yeah, the ozone's healed, by the way.

So then Katana comes to Earth to kill MacLeod, who is suddenly super-cool and ready to kill Katana. But for some reason, he needs help. So the producers paid Sean Connery $3.5 million. Behold! Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez is resurrected from the dead and comes back (for nine minutes of screen time) to help MacLeod shut down the shield.

If you haven't figured it out by now, HIGHLANDER II is completely messed-up.

I haven't seen a sequel this bad in who knows how long. It contradicts the entire HIGHLANDER mythos, and thus was ignored in every other sequel and television series that followed.

But there is a good side to the film. I think Ebert said it best in his review of the film: he describes HIGHLANDER II as being "a movie almost awesome in its badness". How awesome do you hear that? But that's exactly what HIGHLANDER II is: almost awesome in its badness.

It may be one of the worst films ever made, and it may be the worst sequel, but it is also a very fun and frequently (unintentionally) funny film. In the words of the Immortal Ramirez, "If you can summon it all up, at one time, in one place, you can accomplish something glorious."

Whatever that means.

NOTE: There are two versions of the film. The theatrical version, called the Quickening, has just been reviewed here. The director's cut has been re-named the "Renegade Version" and changes much of the film's story. The film has also been completely re-edited. The Quickening version runs 89 minutes, while the Renegade version runs 109.

HIGHLANDER II: THE QUICKENING by Russell Mulcahy. * 1/2 out of ****.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (252 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
If He Could Bring Ramirez Back...... bobbylane
Still the only movie I ever walked out of michael_k_powell
one of those films bjf6116
NO! NO! NO! baz74
Still the worst movie I've ever watched in a cinema sqeaston9
Am i the only one who actually enjoyed this film as it stood originally! joyridingonthetitanic
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Highlander: The Source Highlander: The Final Dimension Highlander Highlander: Endgame Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Action section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.