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MPAA Rated R for brutal medieval warfare

Sex & Nudity

  • William Wallace and his wife embrace while naked beside a lake the night after their wedding. The outline of her bare breasts are shown from the side (in the dark).
  • A man and woman lie upon a bed. They are implied to be nude but re only shown from the shoulder on up. Later, the woman becomes pregnant with the man's child.
  • Scottish soldiers lift up their kilts to taunt the English army before a battle. We see frontal nudity, which includes penis, pubic hair and testicle from a distance and bare buttocks.
  • William and his friends jokingly talk about making spears "as big as a man" to which one replies, "Some men are longer than others." The man's father then laughingly says, "Aye, your mother told me stories about such men." (Mild reference to male erections)
  • A woman says her lover talked a lot in bed, and that "Englishmen don't know what a tongue is for."

Violence & Gore

  • A large group of men, and some women and even children, are seen hanging inside a thatch house. This is especially terrifying for a young boy character to see.
  • A couple of violent battle sequences. There is slashing and stabbing throughout and the blunt ends of weapons are often used. Multiple men are hit on the head/face (shots cut). Sometimes heads and limbs are very quickly chopped off with little blood. In a few scenes, men are shot with arrows and horses and riders are thrown and killed.
  • Survivors are seen searching among the dead for their loved ones on the field after a battle
  • A brief fist fight and struggle breaks out between English soldiers and Scots villagers; a knife is held to a man's throat.
  • An attempted rape is thwarted by biting and hitting (with a rock).
  • A woman on horseback is struck in the face with a long stick, knocking her semi-unconscious
  • A soldier slits a woman's throat with a knife. (The shot is from the back.)
  • A severed head is pulled out of a box in close-up briefly.
  • A man's face is briefly seen smashed by a ball and chain.
  • A man is tortured and killed by stretching, racking, gutting, and beheading. (off-screen for the most part, and more emotional than violent)
  • A young man is hurled from a window, falling to his death.
  • Wallace traps a group of English soldiers in a hut which he then burns


  • 2 uses use of 'fuck'.
  • 2 uses of 'bitch' by the rapist.
  • About 3 or 4 shits and 5-7 bastards.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • People are shown drinking.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Braveheart is an emotional intense film. It may be hard for some to watch due to the violence. The movie is never scary but holds an intense atmosphere. The near-rape could be quite disturbing for some viewers.


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Sex & Nudity

  • A man tries to rape a woman. He lays on top of her and kisses and licks her. She tries to escape and bites him. He calls her a "bitch" and slaps her. Might be disturbing to some.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A woman offers man a drink to drug him so that he won't feel pain while being tortured.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Despite Wallace's disembowelment being completely off-screen, it is by far the most difficult scene to watch.

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