Highlander: Endgame
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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Highlander: Endgame can be found here.

Immortal Highlanders Connor (Christopher Lambert) and Duncan (Adrian Paul) MacLeod join forces to fight against another Immortal, Jacob Kell (Bruce Payne), who has amassed 661 kills compared to their combined total of 436, making Kell the most powerful Immortal alive. To defeat Kell, either Connor or Duncan must die.

Highlander: Endgame is a sequel to Highlander III: The Sorcerer (1994), which itself is a sequel to Highlander (1986). Highlander II: The Quickening (1991) to some degree subverts the original story to the future and obstensibly follows an entirely different storyline. The screenplay for Engame was written by producer William N Panzer and screenwriters Eric Bernt, Gillian Horvath, and Joel Soisson. Endgame is an attempt to unite the movie series with the concurrently running TV series Highlander (1992-1998). In addition to Connor MacLeod, the original Highlander, it brings in Duncan MacLeod from the TV series. Endgame was followed in 2007 by Highlander: The Source. A sixth Highlander movie, Highlander, said to be a remake of the original Highlander, is planned but no release date has been announced.

Endgame takes place following Connor's "release" from the Sanctuary, but we're given no time frame or years in the movie. A best guess is 2004 or later. This is based on the fact that Rachel (Sheila Gish) was alive at the end of Highlander, which took place in 1986. Connor was very much alive and kicking in Highlander III, which took place eight years after the events in Highlander, making it 1994. After Rachel's death, Connor goes into the Sanctuary for 10 years, so add 10 years to 1994, assuming Rachel's death took place following the events in Highlander III, and we're up to 2004. Then again, the Highlander franchise is notorious for its discontinuity, so Endgame could take place anywhere. Don't ask. Just enjoy.

In the final scene of Highlander III, Connor, Alex, and John are driving down a road in Scotland. "I'm at peace," Connor says in a voiceover. "It's finally over." As they pass Heather's grave, a bolt of lightning can be seen bristling on her grave marker, suggesting that it may not yet be over. In the TV series, it is explained that Duncan MacLeod has removed himself from "the game" and been in hiding. Apparently, other Immortals have done the same. It was also established in the TV series that new Immortals, such as Richie Ryan (Stan Kirsch), are continually being "born". Due to the popularity of the Highlander movies and the desire to keep them going, the Highlander franchise does have major continuity errors. Alternatively rather than one 'Prize' for all the Immortals it is possible that there is one Prize for each generation of Immortals, that when a select group of them has won the necessary number of combats and attained enough power they then are entitled to battle each other. Hence whilst Connor won the Prize for his generation in 1985 Duncan is competing for another prize for his group of Immortals

It was established in the first Highlander movie, that Connor rescued Rachel Ellenstein as a young girl during World War II. He then raised her as his adopted daughter and, as an adult, she helps run Connor's antique business in New York City. Rachel was not an Immortal.

The village of Glenfinnan on the shores of Loch Shiel in the Highlands of Scotland was Connor's ancestral home. In the first Highlander movie, Connor was shown dying in battle when a sword was run through him. When he came back from the dead and his wounds healed supernaturally fast, the villagers proclaimed him a witch and banished him from the village. Connor resettled in the village of Glencoe where he and his wife Heather (Beatie Edney) lived until her natural death in the late 1500s.

Because of Connor's banishment, his mother was also shunned out of fear that she would bedevil the other children of the village. Consequently, she is burned as a witch by the village priests, Jacob Kell (Bruce Payne) and Father Rainy (Donald Douglas), at the beginning of this movie. Connor, in turn, kills Rainy and Kell, but Kell comes back as an Immortal with a promise to get revenge on Connor.

Just before she dies, Connor's mother asks him about her "water horse." A water horse, also known as a kelpie, is a supernatural horse from Celtic folklore. They are said to live in the rivers and lochs of Scotland and Ireland, where they wait to charm humans into riding on their backs so that they can carry them deep into the water, drown, and eat them. Apparently, this was Connor's mum's way of asking when it was her time to die.

Connor found his clansman, Duncan MacLeod, on a battlefield in Glen Fruin, Scotland in 1625.

Watcher Joe Dawson (Jim Byrnes) tells Duncan that he has made 174 confirmed Immortal kills. Connor has made 262. By contrast, Jacob Kell has made 661 kills, making him Duncan's worst nightmare.

Jacob Kell was playing The Game to win The Prize and disrespected the rules by fighting other immortals on holy ground, which was forbidden. Kell was bent on unleashing vengeance upon Connor McLeod for the death of his mentor Rainey and stabbing him, making him immortal. He had become twisted, evil and too powerful for any immortal to fight alone. He spent four centuries killing those closest to Connor and gained great power by killing 661 immortals.

Duncan knew that Kate (Lisa Barbuscia) was an Immortal. To make her Immortal, however, she had to die a violent death and then be reborn.

This is true. In episode Highlander: The Darkness (#2.4) of the TV series, a gypsy foretold that Duncan would have many lovers but never marry. Apparently, she was wrong.

Kate had been become estranged and bitter towards her husband Duncan because of Duncan stabbing her, making her immortal so that they could be together forever. She decided to side with Kell in his evil quest of vengeance against Connor McLeod. Although she had hated Duncan for what he did, Duncan earned her forgiveness and still loved her. Kate could never forgive Duncan, and her infertility was her reason for siding with Kell, unaware that she would soon be betrayed by him.

It was the Watchers who set up the Sanctuary in the first place. It is their goal to always have at least two Immortals in suspension so that there can never be only one left to take the Prize. When Kell and his followers attacked the Sanctuary and beheaded all the Immortals inside, the Watchers had to start over again. Duncan was simply unlucky enough to be the first one chosen to begin the restocking of the Sanctuary.

With Connor gone, Duncan must face Kell alone. After a long, drawn-out sword fight during which Joe Dawson again saves Duncan from being killed by another Watcher, Kell informs Duncan that, when he absorbed Connor's spirit, he also took on the curse. Kell taunts Duncan with the fact that the first to go might be Kate. This inspires Duncan to renewed energies, but Kell still seems to have the upper hand. Suddenly, Connor's voice can be heard, apparently coming from Duncan. "There can be only one," Duncan/Connor says to Kell, "and you're not it." Duncan rises once more to finally take Kell's head. The next scene shows Duncan back in Scotland where he has buried Connor next to Heather's grave. In the final scene, Kate approaches Duncan and, with a kiss, suggests the possibility of reconciling of their marriage.

Connor had grown weary of his immortal life and playing The Game and watching all those he loved and cared about, grow old and die. He convinced Duncan to behead him, so Duncan would have enough power to fight and defeat Jacob Kell.

Not necessarily. Although Connor dies in this film, in Highlander 2 we see him as an old man far in the future. However we also see Connor resurrect Ramirez from the dead using his Immortal powers. It is possible that Duncan could do the same for Connor sometime in the future.

Dimension Films didn't seem to care about the theatrical version of the movie but for the DVD release the producers were given a second chance to release their version of the movie. The Producers Cut was born. What does it do differently and more importantly better? The additional minutes for the character of Rachel were a really good idea. The couple of things that were added or removed and which make the story more logical aren't wrong, either. The additional action scenes are a nice bonus and more time for Faith/Kate was absolutely necessary. The fact that Faith survives in the Producer's Cut and has her happy ever after with Duncan which is certainly controversial. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.

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