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How was Ramirez's sword forged over 1,500 years before katana swordsmithing techniques were perfected in Japan?

1. Was the katana really that old? Yes, it was - we have both Ramirez's words and Dr. Wyatt's test results. She says, Brenda: I dated these pieces of the blade at 600 B.C. The metal's been folded ...
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How does the Kurgan's sword work?

It would likely work badly. Skallagrim goes into it in more detail here: The quillons are too thick, the blade is too heavy, the pop-out bits would likely break under ...
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How was Ramirez's sword forged over 1,500 years before katana swordsmithing techniques were perfected in Japan?

This answer comes with a health warning. Fans of the original Highlander film may want to look away now. Because Ramirez had access to alien tech We know from the second film in the series; ...
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How does the Kurgan's sword work?

One of the key conceits in Highlander (ignoring wackiness we see in the sequel) is that the immortals have access to weapons technology that simply defies modern understanding of metallurgy; swords ...
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Which “Highlander” movie features a scene where a main character is waiting to be executed?

Sounds like you're probably thinking of Highlander: The Final Dimension, AKA Highlander III: The Sorcerer (1994). There's a scene about an hour into the film where Connor MacLeod is held in a prison ...
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Did the writers originally envision aliens when they wrote the first "Highlander"?

No, originally no one thought about aliens. Main proof lies in this out-of-story answer regarding "Highlander II": [...] a documentary following the film has the filmmakers explain why the ...
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How did the Kurgan never completely heal from the wound Ramirez gave him?

There's a comment in the script that would indicate that for plot reasons, I suspect, that the throat is susceptible to permanent damage where other parts of the body are not. RAMIREZ: Concentrate! ...
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Why do immortals not use any neck armour in Highlander (1986)?

As others have noted, a neck collar wouldn't help much once one was rendered unconscious or dead-and-not-yet-resurrected. Even if the collar wasn't removable, surely it would count as a beheading if ...
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Why do immortals not use any neck armour in Highlander (1986)?

Notably, they don't wear any armor at all. Getting any serious wound that immobilizes you would be just as fatal as a blow to the neck, because if you are wounded or helpless, you will get your head ...
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How do immortals recognize other immortals?

The very short answer is that they don't, at least not in the original film/s. They know that another immortal is nearby (courtesy of their 'immortal radar'), but until one or the other reveals ...
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Why do immortals not use any neck armour in Highlander (1986)?

Even the armor of mortals often neglects neck protection. Most rigid helmets prior to the plate armor of mounted knights had nothing heavier than the fall of a chainmail coif protecting the neck, and ...
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What was Ramirez's nationality?

As far as we're aware, Ramirez was born in Egypt in approximately 896 B.C. His given name was Tak Ne and he first quickened after being run over by a cart in his home town. MACLEOD: I can't swim -- ...
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How did the Kurgan know that Connor MacLeod was a fellow immortal?

This was addressed in Highlander Origins: Kurgan #2. The Kurgan had a series of prophetic dreams that he would face MacLeod in the far future and that Macleod would kill him. The Kurgan sought to ...
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How did the Kurgan get his sword?

It was made specially for him by a (British) master swordsmith, as revealed in Highlander Origins: Kurgan #2. To thank him, the Kurgan gave him a bag of gold, then proceeded to rape his wife, kill him ...
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Why didn't the immortals sense the presence of the Kurgan nearby?

I’m not aware of them knowing where other immortals are (at least not in the first movie), and I don’t remember the zoo scene (that’s only in the European version, it seems). In the other two ...
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Why do immortals not use any neck armour in Highlander (1986)?

What exactly are you trying to protect against? Immortals generally are not decapitated in the heat of battle, but after being beaten, followed by beheading executioner-style. There are exceptions ...
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Why do immortals not use any neck armour in Highlander (1986)?

Sometimes they do. In Highlander: The Source, immortal character 'The Guardian' wears a big stupid-looking metal collar. It must be to ward off blows to his neck since he can't possibly be wearing it ...
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What are the other unwritten rules?

Per the wiki, there seems to be a number of "rules" that immortals are supposed to follow. That being said, over the course of the three two cinematic films, five made-for-TV films and TV series they ...
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Is the Kurgan referring to Jesus?

I realize this question is over a year old now, and DVK already gave a good answer. I have another viewpoint on this, however, so thought I'd post it as an alternate answer. To begin with, you have ...
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In any of the Highlander movies (except #2), is there a clear implication that Only One remains?

Highlander In the end of Highlander there's an extensive shot (in the Highlands) where Connor talks about the benefit of having received "the prize", e.g. that he's the last Immortal and has received ...
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Can pre-Immortals have children?

From the Highlander wiki: Sterility is one of the main characteristics of Immortals. When female Immortals are pre-Immortal, they menstruate just like other women. After they become Immortal, ...
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What did The Witches Cave (Podzemelye Vedm) movie rip off from Highlander?

Having glanced through Подземелье Ведьм (AKA Podzemelye Vedm AKA The Witches Cave) it's obvious that the start sequence (a sort of framing story for the rest of the film) has been taken almost shot-...
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Were all the remaining Immortals known to each other?

We can obviously confirm that MacLeod and the Kurgan had met prior to the Gathering, and the dialogue exchanged between MacLeod and Kastagir clearly indicates that they'd met before as well, likely on ...
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What's this song in Highlander, season 6, episode 9?

"Where We Are Happy" by The Easter Island Philharmonic. Google 'search a song' recognized it in a few seconds.
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What did The Witches Cave (Podzemelye Vedm) movie rip off from Highlander?

I watched the The Witches' Cave (with the sound off and while I was doing something else, but keeping it in view out of the corner of my eye). There were not a ton of similarities, but there ...
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Are all the people on planet Zeist immortal/Immortal?

The original script explained very clearly why Connor and Ramirez were immortal on Earth when they were sentenced. JUDGE: "I sentence you to exile from Zeist. You will be transported to the planet ...
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Is Alex the same person as Sarah in Highlander 3?

In the IMDB Faq there is this question: Is Alex as descendant of Sarah Barrington? No. But it is possible, Alex could had been a descendant of Sarah, Connor's lover during the French revolution, ...
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How did the Kurgan never completely heal from the wound Ramirez gave him?

Perhaps the wound was so nearly fatal that complete healing was not possible. By fatal, I mean fatal to an immortal. While his head did not leave his neck, it nearly did in that a substantially ...
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What's the story with planet Zeist vs. Earth?

According to director Russell Mulcahy: “I don’t really blame the writers. It’s just that the whole script was never completely filmed because of the financial problems. A lot of the ideas and stories ...
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Are all the people on planet Zeist immortal/Immortal?

No. Only a select few Zeistians (Zeisters?) possess the gift of immortality. Ramirez and Connor are two of those, as are General Katana and his two winged monkeys. From the transcript; Judge: As ...
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