Scottish warrior William Wallace leads his countrymen in a rebellion to free his homeland from the tyranny of King Edward I of England.


Mel Gibson


Randall Wallace
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Robinson ... Young William
Sean Lawlor ... Malcolm Wallace
Sandy Nelson ... John Wallace
James Cosmo ... Campbell
Sean McGinley ... MacClannough
Alan Tall ... Elder Stewart
Andrew Weir ... Young Hamish
Gerda Stevenson ... Mother MacClannough
Ralph Riach ... Priest No. 1
Mhairi Calvey ... Young Murron
Brian Cox ... Argyle Wallace
Patrick McGoohan ... Longshanks - King Edward I
Peter Hanly ... Prince Edward
Sophie Marceau ... Princess Isabelle
Stephen Billington ... Phillip


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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The story of a man with a free soul...and with the courage to follow it. See more »

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Rated R for brutal medieval warfare | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Although Mel Gibson was nearly 40, his character was supposed to be in his 20s. See more »


At the "Battle of Stirling" (and elsewhere) the movie depicts an English army with uniform attire. English soldiers did not wear standard uniforms until the "New Model Army" of 1645. 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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Alternate Versions

The UK Blu-ray has the uncut throat slashing of the magistrate. See more »


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Thrilling, inspiring, emotional experience!
3 February 2021 | by HanShotFirstGRSee all my reviews


Scottish warrior William Wallace leads his countrymen in a rebellion to free his homeland from the tyranny of King Edward I of England.


Some movies are legendary whether you like them or not, they have been debated and analyzed by everyone either with love or hate and Braveheart is definetely one of those movies. It probably isn't amazing as of technical standards, there are shots that could have been better and the script isn't a masterpiece, but the hero shots, some practical effects and Gibson's direction are the key elements of this movies success.

The plot follows the journey of William Wallace through the hardships of a Scotland that has been ruled by England for many years. It's a beautiful fairytale about the importance of freedom, fighting spirit and good leadership, it's an inspirational film that should be seen more as an epic tale like Odyssey than a realistic historical movie. It doesn't aim to inform and teach people about events, it's a story that aims to make the audience feel the meaning of fighting for what you believe and definetely succeds on that. It's also amazingly developed as a story that contains the brutality of a war but also the poetic feeling of a book, it's like a fairytale for adults and that's what makes it so memorable for everyone. There are definetely some flaws and the duration of nearly 3 hours can be a little tiring but everything is forgetten when the whole experience is complete. You will cry, you will be inspired and you will surely not care about small details in a movie that made you appreciate your freedom and your life a little more.

Mel Gibson apart from being a great actor he is also an amazing war film director. He knows how to use a camera perfectly to make a scene legendary, whether it is a swordfight or a hero shot. There are moments in this movie that will make you love cinema more and no one will blame you, it's as beautiful as it gets even when brutality draws the attention of the viewer. The heartwarming scenes, the inspirational words and speeches, the breathtaking fields where the battles take place, every little element adds to this movies' awesomeness and helps Braveheart to build its legacy.

There are many people that will point at historical inaccuracies as a reason to believe this movie failed, but that couldn't be more wrong. Movies like this one are epic dramas, designed to bring out emotions, inspire and make people think, they are not documentaries, they aren't supposed to follow the real story in detail, that's why there have been many changes in the actual incident, because fiction can be way more powerful and support the message they wanted to deliver, something that real events don't have, they are not equally poetic, they are nowhere near as inspiring as Braveheart and obviously they should just be the core of this story, not its entire plot.


Braveheart is an epic movie that will make you more emotional than any realistic modern drama, it's a movie that uses war to deliver some important messages just like ancient Greek literature. This is a journey that everyone should participate and even if you are not a fan of this kind of movies, it's guaranteed that this one will have a major influence on you.

Rating: 8.5/10

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Release Date:

24 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Braveheart See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »


Box Office


$72,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,938,276, 28 May 1995

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