May 24th, 1995

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William Wallace, a commoner, unites the 13th Century Scots in their battle to overthrow English rule.

Release Year: 1995

Rating: 8.4/10 (330,739 voted)

Critic's Score: 68/100

Director: Mel Gibson

Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan

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.

James Robinson - Young William Wallace
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

Taglines: He who fought, fought for freedom.

Release Date: 24 May 1995

Filming Locations: Aonach Eagach, Highland, Scotland, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $53,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $210,409,945 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

William Wallace gives a speech in which he says the famous quote "Every man dies - Not every man really lives." This famous quote commonly attributed to the "Braveheart" character was actually authored by a 19th Century American Poet whose name was William Ross Wallace, famous for writing the poem "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle Is The Hand That Rules The World", who is of no relation to the William Wallace in the film.

Continuity: Just before the Battle of Falkirk, Edward is talking to Robert Bruce with a helmet on and The Bruce is on Edward's left. The camera angle changes to Edward's right side and The Bruce is on Edward's right. This happens two or three times.

[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...

User Review

Best movie ever

Rating: 10/10

Most on this site pick the Godfather, or the Shawshank Redemption, but this is it, this is the best film ever made. People will complain, will argue that I am wrong, but I will say it again...Braveheart is as close to perfection as a movie can be. The acting is superb, the man who played Lonshanks, the actor who portrayed Robert the Bruce, both should have been nominated for Oscars due to their powerful rendering of evil and a man who is saved from losing his humanity (from becoming evil) by meeting William Wallace. And let us not forget the direction, the cinematography. Braveheart is glorious, beautiful to look at. The slow motion pictures of horses preparing to charge armed combatants, the entire landscape of Scotland that Mel Gibson captures with the camera. Braveheart is artwork, it is as good as any picture. That the film is number 93 on the list of the top 250 movies ever is a shame. Yes there is violence in this film but that violence does serve a point...that freedom isn't free and sometimes it takes death, gruesome and horrible, to let ones people taste what it is like to be free. Braveheart is a great movie and it deserves to at least be in the top ten of IMDb's list of greatest films.

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