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
The Prince of Wales (the future King Edward II) was made much older for the film, so he could be portrayed as a homosexual. See more »
The voice-over at the beginning of the film tells us that Malcolm Wallace was a commoner with his own lands and constant references are made through-out the film to William being a commoner. However this is a common historical myth. Malcolm Wallace was in fact born as a minor noble and became a knight, as was William. They were poor as noble families went but were still infinitely more privileged than the commoners of the day. See more »
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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On USA prints, the Paramount Pictures logo has a gray tint, while on international prints, the 20th Century Fox logo fanfare is muted. See more »
Mel Gibson really does seem to have a downer on the English doesn't he?
But my dislike of this film is certainly not based on some misplaced
I'm quite a history fan and I don't mind at all when the sins of the
father are hung out to dry. But I do insist on credible - don't insult
my intelligence with a pantomime villain and romanticised plot
developments. William Wallace was the father of Edward III? Give me a
break, Edward II having other um, 'interests' doesn't mean he couldn't
father a child, or that his wife is likely to sleep with Scottish
As for Edward, the ruthless, brilliant strategist and general; getting
his archers to fire on his own forces in a mêlée - yes that must be how
he was so successful a military commander. Confidence and
The only difference between this and the Alan Ladd Knight of Olde
fifties Hollywood crap is that you saw people's arms being chopped off.
Yes, the violence is more realistic. That's it.
I prefer my corn on the cob, not the screen.
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