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Braveheart (1995)

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When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandy Nelson ...
John Wallace
Alan Tall ...
Elder Stewart
Andrew Weir ...
Young Hamish
Gerda Stevenson ...
Ralph Riach ...
Priest No. 1
Young Murron


William Wallace is a Scottish rebel who leads an uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks, who wishes to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself. When he was a young boy, William Wallace's father and brother, along with many others, lost their lives trying to free Scotland. Once he loses another of his loved ones, William Wallace begins his long quest to make Scotland free once and for all, along with the assistance of Robert the Bruce. Written by Anonymous

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Every man dies, not every man really lives. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal medieval warfare | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 May 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Corazón valiente  »

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Box Office


$72,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,938,276, 31 July 2012

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$210,409,945, 31 May 2012
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mel Gibson brought in actual members of the Wallace clan as extras. They're standing around Wallace during the opening shots of battles. See more »


In the scene where Wallace comes back (right after his wife is killed), he throws two archers out of the tower. The second archer is supposedly killed on the palisade wall; but right before the camera changes, you can see the wall bending as he lands on it. See more »


[first lines]
Narrator: I shall tell you of William Wallace. Historians from England will say I am a liar, but history is written by those who have hanged heroes. The king of Scotland had died without a son, and the king of England, a cruel pagan known as Edward the Longshanks, claimed the throne of Scotland for himself. Scotland's nobles fought him, and fought each other, over the crown. So Longshanks invited them to talks of truce - no weapons, one page only. Among the farmers of that shire was Malcolm ...
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Je-ne-sais-quoi-ly great!
17 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to watch Braveheart till 2003 when it was on TV. However, the lack of theatrical effects never stopped me from being mesmerized by this epic for one moment. So mesmerized, I literally sat motionlessly on the couch for two minutes after the movie. Any normal audience would likely to cast his/her sense of reality away and be captivated by this distant Celtic saga.

Beside proving himself as a brilliant director, Mel Gibson more importantly gave life to a historical hero whose superb gallantry, vivid character and magnificent spirit shall never be history. Along with the unforgettable 'Alba gu bragh!' and the unprecedentedly heart-stopping 'Freeeeedom', Braveheart unquestionably is one of the greatest movies ever made.

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