In the early 14th century, Scottish warrior and Earl Robert the Bruce is crowned King of Scots, leading Scotland during the First War of Scottish Independence against England.

Writer:

(screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

1066: The Battle for Middle Earth (TV Mini-Series 2009)
Action | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Despite earlier promises to pass his crown to one of his Flemish, Viking or Norman relatives, English king Edward The Confessor dies in 1066, leaving his crown to Anglo-Saxon Harold Godwinson, causing a bloody succession war.

Stars: Ian Holm, Mike Bailey, Francis Magee
Prisoner of Honor (TV Movie 1991)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

"Prisoner of Honor" documents the French Dreyfus Affair that saw a French Captain sent to Devils' Island for espionage near the end of the nineteenth century. Richard Dreyfuss plays Colonel... See full summary »

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Oliver Reed, Peter Firth
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The Incredible Adventures of Marco Polo on His Journeys to the Ends of the Earth

Director: George Erschbamer
Stars: Don Diamont, Oliver Reed, Jack Palance
Parting Shots (1998)
Comedy | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After learning he is dying from cancer an failed photographer illegally buys a pistol and decides to go vigilante and get his revenge on all those who have made his life a misery.

Director: Michael Winner
Stars: Chris Rea, Felicity Kendal, John Cleese
Severed Ties (1992)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

When a regeneration experiment on his severed arm grows a deadly reptilian creature instead of a limb, a mad scientist uses the serum on homeless crippled veterans to create an army and get his research back from his evil mother.

Director: Damon Santostefano
Stars: Oliver Reed, Elke Sommer, Garrett Morris
Macbeth (1997)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish laird seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.

Director: Jeremy Freeston
Stars: Jason Connery, Helen Baxendale, Graham McTavish
Jeremiah (TV Movie 1998)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The young Jeremiah grows up in a priest's family in the village of Anathoth, near Jerusalem. God appears to Jeremiah in different human guises on several occasions, and makes it clear to ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Winer
Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Oliver Reed, Klaus Maria Brandauer
Captive (1986)
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The daughter of an international tycoon is kidnapped by a trio of abductors who seek to mold her to their lifestyle.

Director: Paul Mayersberg
Stars: Irina Brook, Oliver Reed, Hiro Arai
Blueblood (1974)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An unusually nasty butler takes over the possessions of his degenerate master by means of witchcraft.

Director: Andrew Sinclair
Stars: Oliver Reed, Fiona Lewis, Anna Gaël
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Gary Andrew ...
Scottish Soldier
...
Edward I
...
Conor Chamberlain ...
Steven Clark ...
English Soldier
Pavel Douglas ...
Ross Dunsmore ...
Nigel Bruce
Vincent Faber ...
Scottish Soldier
Kern Falconer ...
Black Douglas
Heather Flannagan ...
Majorie Bruce
Graeme Ford ...
Knight to Edward I
Dee Hepburn ...
Mary Bruce
...
Edward James
Paul Kerr ...
knight to Edward II
Michael Leighton ...
Aubrey
Edit

Storyline

Robert the Bruce unites the Scots in a rebellion against the hated English, led by Edward I. He is supported by various loyal followers, notably the bishop who agrees to recognize his claim and crown him as King of the Scots. Written by Peter Reiher

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Courage never dies...


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

12 April 1996 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Robert Brus  »

Box Office

Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

A school girl in Dunfermline skipped school one day and landed a part in this, crowning Robert The Bruce. She then went on to film other scenes including a corpse. Although she never got paid she claims it was the most exciting thing that happened. Never been in front of cameras before ,she was shy but found it easy as set was closed when Oliver Reed was in the coronation scene. The crown on Sandy (Robert The Bruce) kept slipping off his wig . He told the school girl that inside was a dot which was supposed to sit at the back. This helped. The next scene was perfect and they kept it in movie where the school girl smiles at her friends next to her, happy it stayed on. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
'The Bruce' made me want to scoop my own eyes out...
15 August 2012 | by (Wales) – See all my reviews

What was the most irritating thing about this film?

The appalling acting? The revelation that medieval knights apparently fought with an assortment of *very* wobbly rubber axes and other assorted joke shop armaments (honestly, a Pythonesque cow flip would not have been misplaced). The fact that one of the most important battles in 14th century Europe looked more like a disorganised pub fight, with no discernible cues to the viewer as to who was English or Scottish? The incomprehensibly boring narrative? The most ham-fisted, cheesiest, cliché ridden 'tottie-scone' dialogue, ever?

Perhaps all of the above.

To me, however, there was a general eclipse of all that. It was the following.

The quest for Scottish Independence was decades in the making. It saw some of the most deftifying, heroic, savage, heartbreaking and bloodthirsty history that's ever been. We're talking about a time that, when the Scottish defensive wall at Berwick developed a weak spot, children and woman were sent to fill the place to keep the invader out. Every man, woman and child was at war.

In 1996 Scotland deserved a 'proper' movie. Yes, Braveheart was a movie that *deserved* to be made, in it's identification and selling of Scottish history - I applauded it's success - but in doing so I also openly acknowledged the fact that it was a bad film. A very bad film.

Consequently, 'The Bruce' served only to mutilate and befoul not only history itself, but the chance of one day exploring that history in a better capacity than Braveheart ever did - through film - by simply telling the story (trust me, a Screenwriter's dream - as it is, left well alone) on the back of a good budget and high-profile pitch.

The Director of the Bruce should be trialled for Cultural crimes and then, publicly, carted naked through the old streets of Edinburgh, before slowly being drawn against 'The Maiden'.

Shooting adverts for spam products might have been a challenge for him. Instead, he created the single worst movie on the planet (in every conceivable sense) with material that would have gifted a talented directorial new-start with a plethora of creative devices and opportunity.

In short, I wanted to scoop my own eyes out and replace them with cartoon bomb-jacks. And, in short, he ruined it for real directors of the future.


6 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Hello Sequel to Brave Hart here lmurray3-2
Discuss The Bruce (1996) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?