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Highlander: Endgame | 2000 | R | - 6.7.3

The fourth entry in the popular "Highlander" series finds Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) once again battling for immortality across time and space. This time Duncan MacLeod (Adrian Paul), the hero from the "Highlander" TV series, joins him. Also with Bruce Payne, Adam Copeland, Donnie Yen, Lisa Barbuscia, Jim Byrnes, Peter Wingfield, Damon Dash, Beatie Edney, Sheila Gish and Ian Paul Cassidy. [1:28]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - We see a couple having sex in several quick-cut scenes: We see them from different angles, including an overhead one, and in both close-ups and long-shots. We also see them engaged in different positions, and we see their bare backs and posteriors; there are also a couple of brief glimpses of the woman's breasts (one while the man is caressing her) and one while she's taking off her skirt (she's wearing panties). We see several female models walking in their bras and panties.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 7 - There are many sword fights, often ending in death, and several martial-arts fights. Several people are slashed and penetrated by swords, and several are beheaded. Some scenes are bloody. During some of the beheadings the open wound does not gush with blood. Instead it opens up to reveal beams of light coming out. During one scene one man uses two swords to decapitate several men and a woman sitting around a table. We don't see their heads roll, but the table is covered in blood. In another scene several men who are connected to upright machines and seem unconscious are beheaded. We see blood and light beams coming out of their wounds but the scene is full of quick-cuts and not much else is visible. One man's head rolls on the floor after being cut off; the wound seems clean, almost cauterized, and light beams come out of his neck. A man stabs another man with an iron bar. Several men are shown to be struck by bolts of energy; they seem in pain, but they are actually in the process of absorbing extra power. A man falls off a tall building and is impaled on a construction rod. He's very bloody and the camera lingers on him -- men use a saw to cut the rod and carry him away. A man is shown with a noose around his neck; he's being choked. We see a 17th century battlefield, with many corpses lying about. Some are bloody. A man stabs a woman in the chest. We see the knife sticking out of her chest and she's very bloody and obviously in pain and frightened. We see a close-up of a sword being lightly imbedded in a man's neck. One woman is tied to a stake and set on fire. We see here legs being seared, and a pouch with explosives around her neck blows up killing her -- her chest is blackened. Several men are shot with shotguns, automatic weapons and pistols, some at close range. We see several bloody wounds and blood around their mouths. One man's legs are obviously sliced by a sword but we don't see much. Several explosions and a village is set on fire. A man is threatened with castration when two men hold their swords pointed at his private parts (the scene is jocular).


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LANGUAGE 3 - A few scatological terms, a few anatomical terms and a few milder obscenities.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Immortal beings, life without aging and without death, the supernatural, killing in order to acquire power, self-sacrifice, revenge and redemption.

MESSAGE - Life without death can be a drag. Power corrupts, especially when the means used to acquire it are violent. Sacrifice is often necessary in order to stop evil.

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