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Outlaw King (2018)

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A true David vs. Goliath story of how the 14th century Scottish 'Outlaw King' Robert the Bruce used cunning and bravery to defeat the much larger and better equipped occupying English army.

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David Mackenzie

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Bathsheba Doran (screenplay by) (as Bash Doran), David Mackenzie (screenplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chris Pine ... Robert Bruce, Earl of Carrick
Stephen Dillane ... King Edward I of England
Rebecca Robin ... Queen Margaret of England
Billy Howle ... Edward, Prince of Wales
Paul Blair Paul Blair ... William Lamberton, Bishop of St. Andrews
Sam Spruell ... Aymer de Valence, Earl of Pembroke
Jonny Phillips ... Richard de Burgh, Earl of Ulster
Ben Clifford ... Piers Gaveston, Earl of Cornwall
Jamie Maclachlan ... Roger de Mowbray
Duncan Lacroix ... Henry de Percy, Baron Percy
Kevin Mains Kevin Mains ... John Macduff, Earl of Buchan
Callan Mulvey ... John III Comyn, Lord of Badenoch
Steven Cree ... Sir Christopher Seton
Tony Curran ... Angus Og Macdonald, Lord of Islay
James Cosmo ... Robert Bruce Senior
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Storyline

After being declared "Outlaw" by the occupying English Empire, Robert the Bruce (Chris Pine) raises an army of Scottish fighters in rebellion. Twists and turns all across the Scottish countryside lead this film on an epic, "true to historical events", journey that captures heroism at its core! Written by Nick Chupick

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Based on the Untold True Story


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Rated R for sequences of brutal war violence, some sexuality, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The first cut of the film was around four hours long. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the film, Bruce is referred to as "Your Majesty." The correct form of address for a Scottish monarch (and indeed an English monarch) at the time was "Your Grace." The title changed to "Your Majesty" in Scotland after the Acts of Union in 1707 (and in England in the early 16th century during Henry VIII's reign.) See more »

Quotes

James Douglas, Lord of Douglas: I serve Robert Bruce! Join us and free our land!
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Deserves greater praise
22 January 2019 | by alex-p-williamsSee all my reviews

Much criticism of this film points at the 'cramming' of a good chunk of 3 years in The Wars of Scottish Independence, into a film less than 2 hours long. The film starts off in 1304 with the siege of Stirling Castle, which features the spectacular tracking shots that help define the exquisite use of cinematography throughout the films duration. Is it crammed? To an extent yes, but it is a film, and a historical one that requires prior knowledge; as a result, viewers are either gripped, in the story or emotionally tied to the characters, or not. The film does take certain liberties with historical accuracy, namely certain events either merged together or moved around on the timeline - all in aid of dramatic effect. Nonetheless this does not shadow the realism that does exist, especially in terms of the savagery of warfare and intrigue. As well as the superb set pieces and costume designs that accompany the productions heavy attention to detail.

Although it is understandable how many get lost within the story, it skips much character building and connections between each fighting scene, in sacrifice for fitting in several important confrontations, especially the end pitched Battle of Loudoun Hill - in which Bruce achieves his astonishing victory. In this case, perhaps a mini-series or a two-parter would have quelled these disappointments. But perhaps not have matched the explosive, intense, almost breath-taking at times, nature of this film.

Overall Outlaw King is a fine addition to the family of historical films, and perhaps one the best medieval ones yet. It should be taken for what it is, not what it could have been; a quick, brief search on Wikipedia would work a treat for anyone looking to get a better estimation of this film. 9/10.


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$120,000,000 (estimated)
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