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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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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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Who does history remember? Those who beg for mercy? Or those who bleed for freedom? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brutal medieval warfare | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Jodie Foster was considered for the roles of princess isabelle of France and William Wallace's wife Murron. See more »

Goofs

When the battering ram hits the gate at the York castle the support wood for the gate falls and clearly moves the camera. See more »

Quotes

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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

On USA prints, the Paramount Pictures logo has a gray tint, while on international prints, the 20th Century Fox logo fanfare is muted. 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 »

Connections

Spoofed in Brave (2012) See more »

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Scots Missed
19 May 1999 | by barquingSee all my reviews

Someone really missed out on a good story here. The William Wallace story is exceptional so why do Hollywood have to "improve" it and turn it into a second-rate, overlong mess of a film? How can you have the Battle of Stirling Bridge _without_ the bridge? Producers have claimed that the bridge "got in the way". Funny, the English army discovered that too. And why demean the hero by having him up against such a pantomime villain - sure Edward was a twisted b*****d, but the filmmakers might as well have given him a sidekick called Igor and have him cackle at choice moments throughout the film, he was that unsubtle. Most importantly, however, it seems a real shame that it should be this film that should have captured the hearts of the Scottish nation, they deserve so much better. Would you believe there is now a hideous statue of Mel Gibson at the foot of the Wallace Memorial in Stirling? Would you believe people are leaving flowers beneath it? This film is a travesty of both a good story and history itself. Scotland deserves so much better.


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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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