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Producer-director-star Gibson does it all in this bold, ferocious, reasonably accurate epic about the passion and cost of freedom. Charismatic 13th century Scottish folk hero William Wallace leads his desperate and outnumbered clansmen in revolt against British oppression. Sweeping, meticulous battle scenes fit suprisingly well with moments of stirring romance and snappy wit. Among the mostly unknown (in the States, anyway) cast, Marceau and McCormack are elegant as Wallace's lady loves, and McGoohan is positively hateful as King Edward I. Gory and excessively violent (as medieval warfare tends to be) and a bit too long (as historical epics tend to be), but rewarding entertainment for those who stick it out--where else can you see the king's army get mooned en masse? Script was based on 300 pages of rhyming verse attributed to a blind poet known as Blind Harry. Gibson put up $15 million of his own money to complete the film.

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Available on Running time 178 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Historical Drama, Medieval Romps, Scotland, Rebel With a Cause, War, General, Adapted from a Poem, Royalty, British, Big Battles, Historical Romance
Randall Wallace
Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack, Brendan Gleeson, James Cosmo, David O'Hara, Angus MacFadyen, Peter Hanly, Ian Bannen, Sean McGinley, Brian Cox, Stephen Billington, Barry McGovern, Alun Armstrong, Tommy Flanagan
John Toll
Mel Gibson
James Horner
Mel Gibson, Jr. Alan Ladd, Bruce Davey, Stephen McEveety, Icon Productions, Paramount Pictures


Oscars 1995: Cinematog., Director (Gibson), Makeup, Picture; British Acad. 1995: Cinematog.; Golden Globes 1996: Director (Gibson); MTV Movie Awards 1996: Action Seq.; Writers Guild 1995: Orig. Screenplay; Broadcast Film Critics 1995: Director (Gibson).

Visitor Reviews

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Braveheart hit theaters in the year 1995, with a run time of 178 minutes. Braveheart has a rating of R. It was a very popular movie when it came out. Braveheart won five Oscars. William Wallace (Mel Gibson) is a Scottish common man. When he was a young boy, he lost his father, brother, along with many other people and loved one’s. Now he’s all grown up and loses another person he loves very much. He’s had it! Now he rebels against the evil English King and leads an uprising against the King. William hopes to make Scotland free once and for all. William soon becomes a legend and is known for his courage and for his honor to his country.

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This movie is one of the best for Mel Gibson who portrays William Wallace as a Scottish man who lost his father and brother to the Scottish army. He leaves and is raised by his Uncle but returns when he is grown to become a farmer. He reunites with an old friend and they get married. His wife is then attacked by English soldiers trying to rape her and the Sheriff then kills her by cutting her throat. Wallace is on a mission to get back at everyone and he burns down the castle of the English Lord. Many men end up joining Wallace's secret army as the men try and fight for their freedom. Wallace eventually gets caught and is going to be executed by a hanging and the Lord asks if he wants a quick death if he begs for mercy. Wallace's only response is "Freedom", he then sees his wife's face and then is beheaded. The people do end up fighting and eventually winning their freedom. This movie is sad, but has a very good message.