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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 & 34 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

Glen Nevis, the Scottish valley which served as the location for Wallace's childhood village, also enjoys the heaviest rainfall in Europe. During the six weeks spent filming in the area, only three days of sunshine occurred, during which the wedding scene was finished. The filmmakers resigned themselves to the fact that constant rain was inevitable, and opted to film scenes regardless of weather conditions. See more »

Goofs

In Wallace's father's burial scene, when the young girl goes to give William the thistle, the camera goes to just their hands which are supposed to be those of young children. They are however clearly the hands of an adult woman and man. 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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With the exception of the title of the movie, there are no opening credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

When Braveheart was first shown on US Broadcast television, over two nights, a longer cut was shown - with additional footage not seen theatrically:
  • In the scene where King Longshanks reads the note "Wallace has sacked York" and lifts the dismembered head out of the bucket, the American network TV version superimposes an unbroken shot of the back of the head, instead of the front as in the theatrical version.
  • When Cheltam gets ready to lead the English charge at the Battle of Stirling, Lord Talmidge yells to Cheltem, "What are you waiting for? Lead them!"
  • Before the Battle of York, Wallace tells his men that they will be more merciful than the English. They will spare the Women and the Children. To all else....No Mercy!
  • Wallace talks at the campfire about how the graves of his father and brother were desecrated by the English.
  • After the scene of Wallace in the Grove, Murron is captured and is sitting inside the Lord's keep and he is talking with her. He says to her, "What's your name girl? Don't you want to tell me your name? (He sits in front of her) You're married, you wanted to keep it a secret eh? I don't blame him, I'd want to keep you for myself as well."
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Referenced in Stargate SG-1: Forsaken (2003) 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:

USA

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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