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Highlander (1986)

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"There can be only one."

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  • The original Highlander movie more or less codified the Crowning Moment of Awesome with the Quickening (No, not the awful movie). What could we do to make a swordfight more awesome? Oh, how about when one of the guys takes the other guy's head, EVERYTHING EXPLODES!
  • The church scene in the original film. Never before has two men sitting down and talking been more badass.
    • Connor letting the Kurgan know that any fear he may have felt is long gone: "You can't stay in here forever."
  • Connor defeating the Kurgan.
    (camera zooms in to a close-up of Connor's face)There can be ONLY ONE. (EVERYTHING EXPLODES)
  • Brenda attacking the Kurgan with a pipe, given she knew she was attacking a six foot tall, immortal, madman wielding a broadsword.
  • The duel between Ramirez and the Kurgan. When Sean Connery is demolishing brick walls due to the impact of his sword, you know that Awesome is occurring.
  • The gun nut who stumbles upon the end of a duel and opens fire on the Kurgan. No, it didn't work, but he still did better than just about anyone else who went up against the Kurgan.
    • Also awesome: after getting impaled on the Kurgan's sword and left for dead, the gun nut lives.
  • Subtle, but there's Connor coolly weaseling out of the police detective trying to get him to implicate himself. Twice.
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    • Punching the creepy power-tripping beat cop in front of the same detective and getting away with it.


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