I love the movie Highlander. I remember reading a review for it in White Dwarf Magazine in 1986, but movies like that never made it to Marion Indiana back in the day.
I finally got to watch it while stationed in Germany – and I have been consumed with it ever since.
Even with this being in the Top 25 movies of all time for me (nobody said anything about QUALITY), every now and then I notice a little tidbit that I hadn’t before.
This time, it’s 1783.
We are first introduced to 1783 when Conner McLeod visits Brenda’s apartment and breaks out a very old bottle of Brandy. Sadly, I cannot find a video clip of this scene, so I have to resort to an Audio Clip and Transcript -
1783 Was A Very Good Year
Connor: Brandy. Bottled in 1783.
Brenda: Wow. That's old.
Connor: 1783 was a very good year. Mozart wrote his great mass. The Montgolfier brothers went up in their first balloon. And England recognized the independence of the united states.
Now I have always loved that scene – including the lead up where he is admiring the view. I’ve even quoted it with MikeC at Sgt Prestons of the North in Lafayette IN more times than I can remember (sober).
What I never noticed was that the following scene – when McLeod meets his fellow immortal friend (Kastigir) and share a drink of Boom Boom in Central Park – they segway into the Duel on Boston Common Flashback – that also took place in 1783. (again, no clip available)
This makes me wonder – Did McLeod put back a stock of Brandy after surviving a duel where he didn’t lose his head? Did this brush with mortality cause him to reflect, and thus recall all the details of that year? I like to think so.
Finally, for your listening pleasure -