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Braveheart (1995)

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

Director:

Mel Gibson

Writer:

Randall Wallace
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Top Rated Movies #78 | Won 5 Oscars. Another 28 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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A man who gave his country the passion to fight hard...the will to bleed long...and the strength to die well. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal medieval warfare | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Brian Cox (Argyle Wallace) previously played William Wallace in Churchill's People: The Wallace (1975). See more »

Goofs

When his wife gets attacked, Wallace jumps over a roof and you can clearly see him wearing modern black briefs. See more »

Quotes

[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

With the exception of the title of the movie, there are no opening credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

When the film was originally released, the final voice over tells us that the Scots "won their freedom... forever." The "forever" was deleted for the re-release and other future editions. It can still be found, however, in the liner notes of the soundtrack album. See more »

Connections

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"Every man dies, not every man really lives."
24 February 2020 | by MR_HeracliusSee all my reviews

The Academy Award winning war epic Braveheart is an extraordinary film that set a new bar for the genre. The story follows a Scottish peasant named William Wallace who's pushed into leading a rebellion against the tyranny of English rule when his wife is murdered. Starring Mel Gibson, Patrick McGoohan, Sophie Marceau, and Brendan Gleeson, the film has a strong cast that delivers outstanding performances. Additionally, the battle sequences are remarkably gritty and violent, which adds to the authentic tone of the film. And, composer James Horner provides a sweeping and majestic score that's incredibly powerful. A groundbreaking film, Braveheart does an exceptional job at depicting both the valor and the horror of war.


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Country:

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Release Date:

24 May 1995 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$72,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,938,276, 28 May 1995

Gross USA:

$75,609,945

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$213,216,216
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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