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Cast: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack


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Mel Gibson, long-time heartthrob of the silver screen, came into his own as a director with Braveheart, an account of the life and times of medieval Scottish patriot William Wallace and, to a lesser degree, Robert the Bruce's struggle to unify his nation against its English oppressors. The story begins with young Wallace, whose father and brother have been…  See more details below


Mel Gibson, long-time heartthrob of the silver screen, came into his own as a director with Braveheart, an account of the life and times of medieval Scottish patriot William Wallace and, to a lesser degree, Robert the Bruce's struggle to unify his nation against its English oppressors. The story begins with young Wallace, whose father and brother have been killed fighting the English, being taken into the custody of his uncle, a nationalist and pre-Renaissance renaissance man. He returns twenty years later, a man educated both in the classics and in the art of war. There he finds his childhood sweetheart Murron (Catherine McCormack), and the two quickly fall in love. There are murmurs of revolt against the English throughout the village, but Wallace remains aloof, wishing simply to tend to his crops and live in peace. However, when his love is killed by English soldiers the day after their secret marriage (held secretly so as to prevent the local English lord from exercising the repulsive right of prima noctae, the privilege of sleeping with the bride on the first night of the marriage), he springs into action and single-handedly slays an entire platoon of foot soldiers. The other villagers join him in destroying the English garrison, and thus begins the revolt against the English in what will eventually become full-fledged war. Wallace eventually leads his fellow Scots in a series of bloody battles that prove a serious threat to English domination and, along the way, has a hushed affair with the Princess of Wales (the breathtaking Sophie Marceau) before his imminent demise. For his efforts, Gibson won the honor of Best Director from the Academy; the movie also took home statuettes for Best Picture, Cinematography, Makeup, and Sound Effects.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A massively mounted historical epic starring and directed by Mel Gibson, Braveheart celebrates our natural yearning for freedom and the ability of one heroic man to define an entire revolution. It's the amazing story of William Wallace (Gibson), a 13th-century Scottish warrior who rallies his countrymen to combat the tyranny of England's King Edward (Patrick McGoohan). By virtue of his charismatic leadership, Wallace turns a ragtag army of peasants into a formidable fighting unit that battles the British army to a standstill. As played by Gibson, he's a dedicated patriot who leads his people toward freedom with messianic fervor. The battle scenes are presented in uncompromising, graphic detail; Gibson won't let his viewers forget that liberty is achieved only at great personal cost. Sprawling, passionate, and very much in the tradition of Spartacus, Braveheart fully deserved its many Oscars (including Best Picture and Best Director) and has taken its place in the firmament of classic movie spectacles.
All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Thoroughly ahistorical, Braveheart is nonetheless a rousing tale of heroism and honor, full of passion and wit and courage enough to inspire an army to victory. In fact, it very nearly did just that, becoming a focal point within the U.S. military for discussions of the societal obligations of the modern citizen-soldier. Filmed almost entirely in Ireland, Braveheart convincingly re-creates its version of Scotland circa 1300. A major strength is the marvelously designed battle sequences, the work of actor/director Mel Gibson and cinematographer John Toll. While only a modest success at the box-office, Braveheart was a substantial hit in video, and is remembered as the R-rated film that parents most often brought home to share with their children.

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Performance Credits
Mel Gibson William Wallace
Sophie Marceau Princess Isabelle
Patrick McGoohan Edward I Longshanks
Catherine McCormack Murron
Brendan Gleeson Hamish
Ian Bannen Robert the Bruce's leprous father
James Robinson Young William
James Cosmo Campbell
David Patrick O'Hara Stephen
Alun Armstrong Mornay
Angus MacFadyen Robert the Bruce
Peter Hanly Prince Edward
Sean Lawlor Malcolm Wallace
Sandy Nelson John Wallace
Sean McGinley MacClannough
Alan Tall Elder Stewart
Ralph Riach Priest No 1
Robert Paterson Priest No 2
Brian Cox Argyle Wallace
Barry McGovern King's Advisor No 2
John Kavanagh Craig
Tommy Flanagan Morrison
Julie Austin Mrs Morrison
Alex Norton Bride's Father
Rupert Vansittart Lord Bottoms
Michael Byrne Smythe
Malcolm Tierney Magistrate
Tam White MacGregor
Donal Gibson Stewart
Jeanne Marine Nicolette
Martin Dunne Lord Dolecroft
John Murtagh Lochlan
David Mckay Young Soldier
Peter Mullan Veteran
Martin Murphy Lord Talmadge
Gerard McSorley Cheltham
Bernard Horsfall Balliol
Niall O'Brien English General No 2
Liam Carney Sean
Phil Kelly Farmer
Martin Dempsey Drinker No 1
Jimmy Keogh Drinker No 2
Joe Savino Chief Assassin
David Gant Chief Justice/Executioner
Mal Whyte Jailor

Technical Credits
Mel Gibson Director,Producer
Matt Earl Beesley Asst. Director
Simon Crane Stunts
Nathan Crowley Art Director
Bruce Davey Producer
Daniel Dorrance Art Director
James Horner Score Composer
Peter Howitt Set Decoration/Design
Charles Knode Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Ladd Producer
John Lucas Art Director
Stephen McEveety Executive Producer
Ned McLoughlin Art Director
Patsy Pollock Casting
Elizabeth Robinson Associate Producer
Mic Rodgers Asst. Director,Stunts
Steven Rosenblum Editor
Thomas Sanders Production Designer
Brian Simmons Sound/Sound Designer
John Toll Cinematographer
David Tomblin Asst. Director
Randall Wallace Screenwriter

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Braveheart 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
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Mel Gibson gives it all he has, but it is not enough. While the story is powerful, the acting falls short save for Gibson, and the middle of the movie lags into something that doesn't quite fit.
Medvegas More than 1 year ago
To me, this gut-wrenching, emotionally-charged war epic has been the best film in that genre to have ever been produced in the history of film. This epic conveys the human need to be free, as essential as food, air, and water, and to that end, it conveys this need quite effectively. Although violent, as war certainly is, I think that anyone will enjoy it, if only by virtue of humanity's struggle for freedom, which countless people have fought, bled, and died for throughout the history of human existence. William Wallace did for Scotland what George Washington, the Early Colonists, and innumerable patriots did for America's freedom. Freedom, as this film depicts, is not just limited to America, Europe, and the West, but equally important is the urgency for all the people of the world to be free, in all of its contexts. Romanticists will find a home in this film, history buffs certainly will, Europeans will (yes, even the British), and virtually anyone who even has a passing interest in history, freedom, tyranny, love, war, salvation, vengeance, justice, scenery, and the fundamental human longing to do as they wish, without fear of persecution, death, torture, or anything else that is imposed upon the will of citizens yearning to be free. Aside from the seriousness of freedom, is does have humorous parts, captures quite well the Scottish Highlands and countryside, is historically accurate to a degree, and is very entertaining that will keep the viewer on the edge of their proverbial seat, while also conveying an articulateness and emotion that is rarely seen in today's films, save for Gladiator, The Green Mile, and a few other wondrous epics. Sophie Marceau lends her natural beauty and proclivity for the highest degree of femininity to an historical context, that is not seen much in that era, and even portends a romantic/sexual interest in Wallace (Mel Gibson) as she sees him as the very ideal of masculinity, fighting as much for the woman he lost at the hands of a brutal English nobleman, as he is for his nation's freedom from tyranny. Patrick McGoohan embodies the very essence of what most regard as the quintessential tyrannical English king, never ceasing in his pursuit to conquer the world, or at least his part of it, and brings a sense of cruelty to his role in the film, which all tells of his innate acting ability to make it all seem more real. Last, but by no means least, Mel Gibson as both director and star of the epic film, masters the ability to portray a sense of action, history, romance, loss, the fight for freedom, life and death as if they were all intertwined into one coherent entity. The viewer is left with a stunning sense of awe, the deepest appreciation for what it really takes to persevere over tyranny, and what the endless love of a good woman combined with a mission to triumph over adversity, can do to an otherwise common man, in his relentless pursuit to free his nation forever and avenge his beloved's death. Michael Wade
Sham-WOW More than 1 year ago
yo this movie was pretty great. william wallace makes a effin great romantic hero. the story had me on the edge of my seat the entire time! it had everything from nature and romance to bloody battle scenes and a bit of humor (like when the scotts mooned the britts..them silly scotts haha). the cinnamatography was pretty great too. it made you feel like you were in the movie. it made you hate the bad guys (like that stupid old creeper that creeped on wallace's chick) and love the good guys. it slowed down the fighting a lil bit so you could really see everything that was happening and it made you feel like you were right in the middle of it. it had AMAZING nature shots that jus made you say (sham)WOW! this movie was GREAT and i dnt care what you sillynanny critics say about the historical inaccuracies. yes, there were a few things that probably never happend and a few things were a lil outlandishly stretched out, but it added to the story in a way that boring straight-shooting history cant. if you just for some reason CANT enjoy a movie that isnt textbook acurate, then go watch some history channel or literally go read an effin textbook? ya know what? i took the time to hook you guys up. jus check this out.. =)
Courtney2010 More than 1 year ago
As a fan of comedies, I was at first skeptical of, what I was expecting to be, a distastefully gory war movie. Much to my surprise, I found myself captivated after only the first few minutes and not wanting the movie to end. William Wallace is simply an easy character to love. Even when he is introduced as a young child, it is easy for the viewer to see the courage and light in his eyes that make him such a relatable and respectable character. I choose to judge movies on storyline, not historical accuracy. If I was looking for history, I would turn to the History Channel or open a textbook. By turning to Hollywood for entertainment, viewers should expect nothing more than a great drama from Mel Gibson. After all, would you really want to watch three hours worth of perfect history? I choose to seek entertainment, not facts; therefore, my rating for this film is based strictly on the way that the story was portrayed. The mood for the story has already been set by the time the first character graces the screen. The opening montage of natural scenery gives the viewer a sense of peace and serenity, along with an eventual understanding of the reasons for the Scots' fight. After beginning with a gruesome hanging, the movie quickly becomes more uplifting as the relationship between Murron and Wallace is allowed to flourish. Unfortunately, the glimmer of hope vanishes quickly with the series of heartbreaking events that follow their relationship's promising beginning. Although sad, Wallace's newfound will to fight invites the viewer into a new world and portrays an entirely different character from the hopeless romantic that was previously depicted. The courageous warrior gains not only the respect of his men, but the respect of the viewers through the gruesome, yet intriguing, battle scenes that were to ensue. Through battles that could only be won by a true Romantic Hero, Wallace never forgets the higher purpose for his battles-freedom from the English tyranny. The numerous battles fought by Wallace and his closest allies are captivatingly gory and brilliantly planned, while unexpected relationships only help to better the already genius storyline. Although I am a sucker for happy endings, the demented ending seemed to be oddly satisfying and fitting with the moral character of William Wallace. The cinematography in the torture scene is crucial; by not depicting the gory part of Wallace's death the director is able to maintain the character's innocence. Wallace's ideals and dreams could not have been fulfilled by the perfect happy ending. By becoming a martyr for his cause, he was able to leave a legacy that would allow his people to accomplish their goal.
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