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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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He who fought, fought for freedom. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal medieval warfare | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Mel Gibson has said he would give $5.00 to anyone who could spot the fake horses in the final film. Reportedly he has not had to make good on the wager. Be that as it may, the horse falling into the moat was clearly fake. It remained motionless as it fell, not moving its legs, and slowly turned to its side as it fell through the air, not attempting to right itself. This is very un-horselike behavior. See more »

Goofs

During the scene in which William Wallace is being executed, the camera pans the crowd and shows the ragged peasants staring in silence. An extra, who is a young woman with light hair and a dirty face and is standing near the front of the shot, stares directly at the camera for a few seconds while all the other extras look in a different direction towards the execution. 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

For the very first UK release on VHS for rental the version of the film had a sequence showing Wallace leaving Scotland for Europe. He went to visit the Pope in Rome. Along the way he had a misadventure in France and had to leave in a hurry. When he got to Rome and was taken to see the Pope, the Pope merely passed him over without discussion, indicating that the Pope favoured king Edwards claims. This section does not appear on later video or dvd releases on the general market. See more »

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Je-ne-sais-quoi-ly great!
17 November 2004 | by zweiSee 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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Country:

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Release Date:

24 May 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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