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      27.07.2014 07:58
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      Heart warming film about corruption and freedom

      Braveheart is a hear warming film in my opinion, about the rise of Scotland during time of corrupt Englishmen.

      William Wallace, a noble man, starts of in this film as a small child. His farther and brother are killed in battle when they were at war with the English. he is taken away by his uncle, who teaches his to speak latin, to read and write and how to wield a sword.

      William returns to his home town, to find a girl who he ends up falling in love with and getting married to, but she has her throat slit for assaulting an english man.

      William then rallies troops to fight the English. Throughout the film more and more Scots join Wallace to fight the English, to try and live free.

      In the end, Wallace is captured and tortured by the English, they tried to get him to swear allegiance to the king, so he could receive a quick death instead of being brutally tortured, but Wallace had one thing on his mind even during his torture, which was freedom.

      This is a really well put together film, with some fact about it too. William Wallace was a real man who did fight the freedom of Scotland. I think the plot of the film was brilliant, i really enjoyed it, and freedom is something all man kind should have as a human right, this is what the film was all about.

      Mel Gibson plays William Wallace to perfection and I loved his Scottish accent during the film too!

      Great for for everyone, but i probably would not recommend letting young children watch this film, simply due to the battles and killing. Otherwise, this is one everyone should watch at least once!

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      Fantastic film about the life of Scotlands National Hero

      If you ask anyone from Scotland to name a national hero, the first name that would probably come to mind would be William Wallace and the second would probably be Robert the Bruce. These two men have done more to preserve Scotland as a nation than any other.

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      Braveheart is a film starring & directed by Mel Gibson(Mad Max, Lethal Weapon), it is about the life of the Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace and The Scottish battles to gain independence from English rule.
      The film starts in 1280, The King of Scots Alexander III has died leaving no heirs to the throne, and King Edward I of England(Played amazingly by the late Patrick McGoohan) decided to claim the throne for himself. We are introduced to William Wallace as a boy, we hear of his father being mortally wounded in battle against the English. After the death of his father, Wallace is taken overseas by his uncle to be educated. Upon his return to Scotland, Wallace(now played by Mel Gibson with a bit of a dodgy Scottish accent), falls in love with his childhood sweetheart and they marry in secret, as King Edward had granted Primae Noctis; a law granting Englishmen privileges with the bride on the wedding night with the hope to breed the Scottish out of Scotland(no evidence suggests that this law was ever in place, it does make for good dramatic effect in the film though). We first see Wallace fight with the English after a soldier tries to rape his new wife, to teach Wallace a lesson she is put to death. To avenge his wife's death, Wallace gathers a band of villagers and they attack the local garrison and kill the sheriff. King Edward I orders his son to sort out the Scots problem and by the time The English and Scots met at The Battle of Stirling Bridge(Fantastic battle scene), Wallace already had a large army behind him(This is where we hear the immortal line "They may take our life's, but they'll never take....our FREEEEEEEEEDOM!"). Wallace and the Scots win the battle and in the aftermath they head south and invade England to the dismay of the Scottish noblemen, notably Robert the Bruce's father who wants his son to be king of Scotland by submitting to King Edward. King Edward sends his sons wife, Princess Isabella(Sophie Marceau) to bribe Wallace, which he refuses. This refusal sends King Edward into a rage and he gathers an army and the Scots and English meet for the second time at The Battle of Falkirk, this time though it is the English who come out on top as the Scottish noblemen desert the battlefield leaving Wallace's army with no chance against the English archers. After the battle Robert the Bruce(Angus Macfadyen) arranges to meet with Wallace in Edinburgh where the Scottish noblemen had conspired to capture Wallace and hand him over to the English. Wallace is then taken to London to be executed(hung drawn and quartered) where before the final axe falls, he shouts " FREEEEEEEEEDOM!" one final time. In the next scene we see Robert the Bruce, nine years later, lining up his men at The Battle of Bannockburn for a battle in which the Scots won.

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      As a patriotic Scotsman, I was delighted when this film came out, I could not wait to see it and when I did, I absolutely loved it, it is a fantastic film. The film instilled a patriotic belief at a time when Scotland were again striving to gain independence.
      It was only after watching the film that I looked more into the history of the man who is heralded as Scotland's national hero. I even started to make comparisons with what we know historically and what was depicted in the film and my conclusion is that, this isn't a historical portrayal by any stretch of the term, but rather a fictional tale with a spattering of history. We know very little about Wallace's life, so to make it into a film full of historical fact would have been very difficult, what I disagree with though, is the playing with the historical facts that we do actually know. This film misses out some of the key moments in his life like; The Battle of Stirling Bridge scene having the main element "The Bridge" omitted from the film altogether, when the actual story of the battle would have made a great scene. Apparently when Mel Gibson was asked by a local why the Battle of Stirling Bridge was filmed on an open plain, Gibson answered that "The bridge got in the way" to which the local responded with "Aye, that's what the English found").
      The long spears(chiltrons) the Scots used in the Battle of Stirling Bridge were not actually used until The Battle of Falkirk. The love story that built up around Wallace and Princess Isabella, who would have only been around 8 years old at the time didn't happen. The way in which Wallace was captured, King Edward I dying as Wallace was being executed(he didn't die for another 3 years), there are lots more but I'm not going to spend the whole review discussing them. I just think that the main ones that I have covered should have been corrected for the film. If you decide to watch this film I suggest you watch it for what it is; a great film, nothing more, nothing less.

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        25.02.2011 23:24
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        a battle for freedom with great losses and even greater gains

        This is a movie with a great plot, good cast and strong music and that makes it worth watching. I think Mel Gibson played William Wallace very well, embracing the etiquette of a warrior poet, of which Scotsmen are so proud of. His directing is also surprisingly good- both stories, historical and the one of love lost and found, are equally developed and nicely fullfill one another.

        Braveheart (1995), drama
        Director: Mel Gibson
        Actors:
        James Robinson....young William Wallace
        Mel Gibson.............William Wallace
        Mhairi Calvey.........young Murron
        Catherine McCormack....Murron
        Patrick McGoohan...........King Edward Longshanks
        Sophie Marceau......Princess Isabelle
        Peter Hanly..............Prince Edward
        Bryan Cox.................Argyle Wallace
        Brendan Gleeson.....Hamish
        Angus McFadyen........Robert the Bruce
        Duration: 2 hrs 57min
        Rate: R

        The 13. century Scotland has no heir to the crown so English King Edward the Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan) claims the throne. He summones Scottish nobles into a barn, under the pretence of the truce talks, only to have them hanged. Young William Wallace (James Robinson) becomes an orphant when his father and brother, leading a group of patriots, die avenging the death of the nobles. On the day of the burial William gets a flower from a young girl Murron (Mhairi Calvey) and keeps it as a memory of her as he parts to live with his uncle Argyle (Bryan Cox).
        Years later Longshankes is still persistant in claiming the Scottish throne and planes to breed Scotts out by the Prima Nocta - English nobles right to take Scottish brides on their wedding night. At the same time William Wallace (Mel Gibson) returnes home, ready to be a husband, a father and a landlord if God grants it. He reunites with his childhood friend Hamish (Brendan Gleeson) and Murron (Catherine McCormack). Because of the Prima Nocta William and Murron decide to marry in secrecy, but their secret is out when a soldier tries to rape Murron. The English landlord slits Murron's throat to provoke William, evoking his immense rage. William, Hamish and the Scotsmen sick of Longshanks' terror respond with wrath yet unknown to English soldiers. And so a great battle for freedom begins.
        While William's group of rebels keeps growing the Scottish nobles, led by young Earl Robert the Bruce (Angus McFadyen), try to make piece with Longshanks using politics. Robert admires William's bravery and patriotism but his father, eager to make Robert the next Scottish king, tells him that bravery is a mean of those who have nothing else to lose or give. So, with no mind or courage of his own, Robert stays obediant to his father, the nobles and to some point to Longshanks.
        Wallace and his men join the Scottish nobles at Sterling and secure a victory over the English army. William is knighted but he doesn't sit and chat over politics beacause he has plans to invade England. As Wallace reaches York Longshanks returns from France to find out William inihilated his northern army and Prince Edward (Peter Hanly) was uncapable of stopping him. Longshanks sends Princess Isabelle (Sophie Marceau) to bribe Wallace while he gathers his army but the plan fails as Isabelle falls in love with Wallace and decides to help him.
        After that battle at York great victors will end even greater losers, nobles will show they are so only by title and prisoners will prove that neither chains nor death can't enslave a free heart.

        Children actors James Robinson (12) and Mhairi Calvey (7) have only one scene together - the one where she gives him a flower as he stands on his father's and brother's grave. It is a scene with no dialogue but it is so intense because the pain of lost on Robinson's face and the of compassion little Calvey shows are so honest and real.
        Mel Gibson, again, shows he is a warrior character actor, giving a a good portrait of a lionhearted warrior and a witty negotiator.
        Catherine McCormack as Murron and Sophie Marceau as Princess Isabelle each point out that special something that earned them the place in Wallace's heart. While Marceau properly showed her character as a shy lady becoming brave after getting much craved love McCormack truly conjured Murron as a common, sweet village girl.
        Patrick McGoohan is a fine King Edward. He embraced the part so well that on screen it seems like malice and egoism radiate from Longshankes pores. By showing the bitterness of a frustrated King McGoohan avoided his character to be cartooned into a one dimension figure of just another bad King.
        Being a pretender to the throne, a leader to the nobles and an admirerer of a rebel is a role not so easy to play. Angus McFadyen as Earl Robert the Bruce had to be a confussed man, torn between the obligation to the Scottish nobles, respect for his father and the wish to be like Wallace. Still, his act is a bit muggy and superficial for such a complex character. But, at a breaking point, when Bruce has to stand before Wallace as a traitor and deal with his anger and dissolution McFadyen manages to act a true penitent.
        The scenery - rainy plains, stone-and-straw villages and misty mountains are breathtaking. The music, composed by James Horner, breaths life into the dialogues and breaking points and makes one of the best soundtracks ever.

        If you want to learn about the price of freedom and the power of will Braveheart will be a real treat.

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          18.12.2010 22:00
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          A superb film about Scotland's struggle for independence.

          Braveheart is probably my favourite film; however it definitely helps to be Scottish watching this film, or perhaps any nationality except English.

          Although historically inaccurate this film is widely acclaimed and won five Oscars in 1996, these were: Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Effects, Best Makeup and Best Picture. The film was also nominated in the same year for: Best Costume Design, Best Film Editing, Best Music and Best Sound.

          All this I think is testament to how good the film is and the recognition is well deserved.

          Plot

          The plot starts with a young William Wallace who is left at home while his brother and father go to fight the English who are being oppressed. They die and this has an understandable impact on the young boy who grows up to be the warrior hero of the Scottish people who eventually secure independence at the Battle of Bannockburn in after Wallace's execution. However, the story is about much more than this as Wallace is driven by the murder of his secret wife by the English. Wallace takes revenge for this murder with his rebel campaign against Edward Longshanks, the ruthless King of England. Eventually however Wallace is betrayed by the noble Robert Bruce (not historically true) which leads to his execution in London.

          My Opinion

          The storyline in this film is beautiful and emotional. The English characters are portrayed beautifully as ruthless and wicked. Wallace's character is wonderfully juxtaposed to this as he fights for the women he loves and married who was murdered by the English. The inclusion of this love to the plot adds sympathy for Wallace's later acts of vengeful violence. The film is so well directed by Mel Gibson that the sympathy always remains with Wallace especially when he remains defiant in his execution. The battle scenes are for me the best and it is at the Battle of Stirling that Wallace delivers his famous 'FREEDOM' speech. This is now played at Scotland football games and is a speech many Scots know which I think is again testament to the brilliance of this film.

          The film also has a brilliant soundtrack to accompany it, which adds emotion and excitement to the film and yet doesn't steal the show from the plot of the film. The music is composed by James Horner and can easily be found on Youtube. However, the music is more significant and fitting when played in the film.

          Rating 18 - There is gory battle scenes and murders throughout the film.

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          28.11.2010 09:47
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          Epic Scottish history tale: brilliantly done

          This epic length depiction of the legendary William Wallace is laced with a mixture of fact and fiction, in a tale that sees the man go from being a commoner to uniting the Scots against English rule in the 13th Century. The story is told very much at a languid pace, keen to develop characters and establish historical significance while intertwining ti with clever dialogue and steady action to keep interest levels up.

          I quite like watching the occasional historical fiction, and this is one of the best. Truth be told, I'm never sure how much of what you see is real and how much is created specifically for the purpose of enticing a viewing population and gaining accolades. Either way, Braveheart is one of the more powerful historical films I have watched, and features strength in all areas, in front of and behind the camera. Mel Gibson takes the lead role of Wallace, at first being introduced as a young boy, then as the prodigal son who returns and has an initial battle of egos with his old best mate before they reaccept him and his journey to fighting their oppression begins. The casting of Gibson is great in so many ways: in the mid 90s, his screen presence was at its best, bringing along the magic he had managed to creat in characters such as Mad Max and Lethal Weapons' Martin Riggs. The wide eyed stare and the cheeky grin fit really well her, as do the determined look and stubborn stances when needs be.

          He is supported well by a decent cast including names such as Brian Cox, Patrick McGoohan, Sophie Marceau and Brendan Gleeson. Angus MacFadyen makes a memorable stand as Robert the Bruce, and a memorable Tommy Morrison gives us some support too. The film is all about Gibson, though, and his acting is superb but for one slight flaw: the accent. An Australian who has managed to work his craft well in Hollywood and adopt somewhat of an American accent is then going to give interesting results when he tries to talk in a Scottish accent for so long. Wallace does an awful lot of talking in the film, and the amount of words meant that there was always going to be something of a slip up. I thought it was going to spoil the film, but it doesn't really, as the errors are swallowed up in the moment and gravitas of the direction from, oh, hang on, Mel Gibson! Yes, that's right, the actor himself takes on the director's helm, something that he has now started doing more predominantly than the acting side of things. Gibson is a controversial figure, but he has always thrown his heart and soul into the films he has control of, and sitting in the director's chair as well as being the main lead character means that he is going to be the fall guy if anything goes wrong but the man who is praised if it all comes out blooming.

          And successful it is. The chronological progression of the film makes good use of the balance between plot development/dialogue and the action scenes, which are occasionally bloody and disturbing. An early sign that Gibson is not going to pull his punches when filming. I enjoyed the slow developing moments in between the frenetic battles, as it showed the painstaking travelling needed when the fastest transport was horses, and even then not everyone had them. You get a good feeling for the plight and hardships facing people, and Gibson portrays Wallace as a sort of Scottish Robin Hood. Indeed, all he was lacking was a bow and arrow and it would have been a perfect match for a good chunk of the film!

          Musically, this film gets it right. The swift and sharp notes when there is a little tension building is matched beautifully by songs and soft lilts of Scottish music. There is joyous music as well as sorrowful, and even at the end, it's as much the music as the scenes that make the impact so big once the credits start rolling. You really don't feel as if nearly 3 hours have passed by the time the credits roll. It leaves you pondering and thinking about things, and occasionally you do feel thankful for what we have nowadays. Whether or not the conditions depicted are accurate, I'm not sure, but I can imagine that some of the laws that are shown to have been around would be preposterous, insulting and severely dealt with were they still around today. I found myself siding firmly with the Scots and hating the English, getting quite passionate and annoyed at points, before relaxing and calming down, realising this is a film and I have just been caught up in the moment - a sign of a good film, for me.

          I really rate this film very highly. It's not perfect, but it's damn near it, and I find it a powerfully driven historical depiction of a man and a culture that would not lie down and be beaten - they stood up to the greater enemy against all the odds, with their own freedom and right to do as they please in their minds. Powerful film, with Gibson at the helm and leading things on screen. All round very good, and one I'd happily recommend watching.

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            01.06.2010 17:33
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            If you haven't seen this where have you been

            This is just a movie review, not about the contents of the DVD

            Plot

            William Wallace, a Scottish commoner who leads an uprising against the English ruler Edward the Longshanks, who wishes to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself. When William witnesses his loved ones execution William Wallace begins his long quest to make Scotland free once and for all along with the assistance of Robert the Bruce.
            he starts an uprising demanding justice that leads to a war for independence.

            This film was a big marker in my life just because at 15 I was just starting to realize what the history of this world had been like and I was watching a lot of movies that were based on true events.
            Some people may or may not know this but Braveheart is not a complete true story. Braveheart is the partly historical, partly mythological, story of William Wallace, a Scotsman who fights for his country's freedom around the end of the 13th century.
            This movie truly shows you how the old English king was viewed from the eyes of the Scottish.

            The first time I watched this movie left me in awe of the movie, there was so much to take in, so much detail that you just didn't want to miss any of it. But when I went back and watched it again I started to see little bits that I didn't see the first time round whether it be a certain look or how something is said, starts to take on some other meaning that I missed.
            Mel Gibson directed this movie and he left nothing out and held nothing back, he didn't try to cushion anything by making the punishments people were receiving look like they weren't too bad, just like in his 2004 movie The Passion Of The Christ, he wanted you to know exactly what was going on and being dealt to people.
            This movie has so much heart and passion that from the way Mel Gibson directed it you could see it was a story he felt passion for, there was just as much hurt and pain as there was love and joy, but not knowing if it's going to be a Disney ending (Happy ending) always makes for a good film.


            Music

            The music used in the film is probably the most memorable piece of music that I still remember to this day (and I haven't seen the movie for years). There's not many movies in 1995 you can actually remember the theme tune too, but then saying that they were playing the song around the time the movie was released at clubs or parties I went to, there was some crazy remix version of the song "For The Love Of A Princess" I mean it was everywhere, but the original slow movie version was so much better and really knew how to get into your heart, I'm not a very emotional man but I have to admit I shed a few tears.


            Directing/Acting

            Mel Gibson has done so well for himself and has come so far from the days of Mad Max. To be the director in the movie and be the leading role is no small feat.
            Although when he does begin his uprising and pushing for a free Scotland, he does take on the characteristics that we know as Mel Gibson, starting all the way back in the days of Mad Max, he was as the name suggests, mad, he takes on the I- don't-care-any-more-people-are-going-to-pay kind of attitude and its like a red haze goes over his eyes without no passion.
            It happened in patriot and payback and on some level it happened here as well but on a much lower scale.
            Because his love for his country became so much more after he lost his loved ones to the hands of the English.
            He added bits of humor where one would expect it and he even added some where you didn't, like on the battle field with the Scotsman lifting there kilts and showing there Backsides to the English, I'm not going to lie that was funny.

            When the movie was released it was received a lot better than was anticipated, it was watched by millions all over and it showed the world about what happened to a country that wasn't really heard of much, to then be a known place due to this film.
            It's Gross revenue was $210,409,945.
            Just like with a lot of Mel Gibson's films it was only suppose to open your eyes to situations that have gone on in the world and instead creates a film that has gone in the greatest movies of all time.



            Cast

            Director/Producer Mel Gibson

            Mel Gibson as William Wallace.
            Patrick McGoohan as King Edward I of England.
            Angus Macfadyen as Robert the Bruce.
            Brendan Gleeson as Hamish Campbell.
            Sophie Marceau as French Princess Isabelle,
            Peter Hanly as Prince Edward.
            Ian Bannen as Robert the Bruce, Sr..
            James Cosmo as Campbell the Elder.
            Catherine McCormack as Murron MacClannough,
            David O'Hara as Stephen.
            Brian Cox as Argyle.
            James Robinson II as young William Wallace. The 10-year old actor was supposedly spending weeks trying to copy Gibson's mannerisms for the film.


            The running time of the movie was 177 minutes, but it didn't feel that long at all.

            You can get this movie from Amazon for £4.08

            This is one of my favourite movies that has to go in the archive for future watching.
            What a journey

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              Dumb but fun.

              Released in 1995, Braveheart is set in late 13th century Britain and stars Mel Gibson as William Wallace, a scotsman who goes on to launch a Scottish War of Independence against the occupying English after his wife is murdered in their village by an english Sheriff and his band of henchmen. From here Wallace goes from garrison to garrison slaughtering the English and drumming up more and more support all the time, eventually culminating in a dramatic large-scale battle known as the Battle of Stirling Bridge, where Wallace faces up across the battlefield with Edward Longshanks, aka Edward I of England, who is played in pantomime-villain style by Patrick Mcgoohan. There are dissenters within Wallace's ranks however, and he is betrayed, and the warrior's uprising begins to take a turn for the worse, although he does find the time to bed and impregnate Longshanks' son's wife along the way.

              Braveheart is far and away from historically accurate, effectively coming across as an exercise in anti-English propaganda, a trick Gibson would go on to pull again in his sickeningly one-sided American Civil War flick The Patriot. The cartoonish Longshanks is portrated as a pagan who murders his son's lover (both baseless claims), whilst at the time that Wallace beds Longshanks' daughter-in-law Princess Isabella she was only 8 years old and living in France.

              The film is chock full of such innaccuracies, but as a brainless and unsophisticated medieval action film it is nevertheless hugely entertaining. Mcgoohan's over the top performance is matched equally by Gibson's, and the film has some excellent battle-scenes with no shortage of hacked-off limbs, showers of arrows and a scene in which the Scottish front ranks bring down some English heavy cavalry with a line of concealed sharpened-wooden stakes.

              The film has a sense of humour too, with the Scottish at one point lifing their kilts and exposing their bare backsides at the English line, only for one poor chap to get an English arrow right in the buttock. The music is suitably dramatic and the production values are high all round, with some highly professional direction and photogrpahy, and all in all Braveheart makes for entertaining viewing, so long as you dont make the mistake of confusing it with historical fact.

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                When it boils down to it, i always find myself questioning Braveheart's place in my top 100 list. When i look at some of the cons of this film: Horribly historically inaccurate, Horrible portrayal of the English (of course fueled by Mel Gibson) and with the plots sometimes in a tangle i think that surely a list as prestigious as mine has no place for such a film! So why does it always end right back on it?

                On watching it though it's not hard for my to understand again what i love about this film. When you break it down, and wade through the utter disregard for the truth. Braveheart boils down to brilliant story telling, of the caliber that few other films can match. Once you begin on the three hour journey with William Wallace you are never put down, from the beginning of his sheer romantic tom foolery to his famous speech in the battle. Braveheart always forces you to loose yourself in a world that has been beautifully created and designed by Gibson with a brilliant balance of action, romance, fantasy, beauty and triumph. And although i still roll my eyes everytime William Wallace acts in the opposite way to his historic counter part it never dampers the entertainment, and thats what Braveheart is - 3 hours of pure good captivating entertainment that will be enjoyable in any mood and after no matter how many viewings.

                For this reason alone Braveheart makes it to this list, no matter how much i want to dislike this film and wash my hands with it because of its errors, it always seems to find its way back to my dvd player. Again, like Amelie, it seems that this film has been driven by real passion, especially from Gibson who flurishes as the legend Wallace no matter how inaccurate it is. A film that is really driven by a passion for story telling and for the love of creating a good cinematic experience, tagged together with a good ensemble cast, some glorious battle scenes, beautiful locations and an awesome scripts. A film with all this will never go far wrong.

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                Mel Gibson in a kilt

                ~ The courage to face fear ~


                One of my favourite films of all times. The fact that I have seen Braveheart about a hundred times doesn't ever make it boring and the other night my flatmate, me and my boyfriend ordered a nice Chinese and sat down to watch the DVD. A friend had borrowed us the special edition DVD and it never disappoints. One of the main facts on why I love this film and had chosen to watch it again was the role from Mel Gibson. I am a big fan of his movies and think he is a brilliant actor. His character inn this is just amazing and he does look dead sexy as William Wallace. The film does have a good cast which I shall share with you later. I remember the first time I watched this film. I think we rented the video when it was released, even though it was not ages ago this was the time of VHS rental. What first attracted me to the video was the cover. A large picture of Mel Gibson which would attract anybody I think and an eerie blue battle picture. I really like films that are based on true stories or events so this was a good eye catcher for me. What I also liked about the film when I picked it up is that Mel Gibson actually directed the film as well as starring the lead role. This was pretty interesting and I was eager to see what his directing skills were like and if they were as good as his acting.


                The film was a good choice for that evening where you just wanted to sit and relax. As it was not the first time I had seen it I didn't have to think too much about it. If it was the first time you would have to concentrate abit but the story is not complicated so it is quite an easy flowing film. It is also quite a long film so be prepared! It includes many different features and I will never get bored of watching it.


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                Director- Mel Gibson

                Mel Gibson started his career as an actor in the 1970's and has gone on to writing and directing his own films. I had always liked his acting and Braveheart was the second film he has directed which ended up a huge success. Since directing this film Mel has done a few others which include the hit 'Passion of the Christ' 2004 and 'Apocalpto' in 2006 which was also brilliant. He seems to understand what you need in an entertaining film and Braveheart includes everything that you need and also many features to capture a wide audience.


                Writer- Randall Wallace
                Narrated by- Angus Macfadyen
                Produced by- Mel Gibson, Alan Ladd Jr, Bruce Davey, Stephen McEveety. Distributed- Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox.
                Release Date- May 24 1995
                Runtime- 175 Mins
                Certificate- 15


                PLOT


                William Wallace lived with his family as a small boy in the highlands of Scotland until the uprising cruel English invades Scotland and kills his father and brother. He leaves his homeland behind for many years to travel the world but returns as a man who wants to come home and have a quiet life in the hills. The part historical part mythological story shows how times get bad for Scotland as 14th century Scotland is ruled by King Edward. The lifes of the Scottish people are under the English rule and they have to put up with murder, rape and doing everything for them. William tries to settle in and even finds an attraction with a beautiful girl he used to know as a boy. As tragedy strikes the village William is forced to take action and fight for his people's freedom. He becomes a legend amongst the country as the man who gives Scotland back their freedom.


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                Mel Gibson - William Wallace

                William is a strong minded character who has suffered terrible loss and destruction by the English. He seems to be a caring man who wants a traditional, loving life, to have a family and life peacefully in his home village.
                He has courage, determination and he never gives up in what he believes in. The character is extremely likable and you connect with him straight away. You feel very involved in his life as we follow his story.


                The History of William Wallace- as based on true events William Wallace was a Scottish knight and landowner who lived in the period of 1272 - 1305. He was known to lead his rights and fight for Scottish Independence. The story of the film does show actual facts as Sir William did defeat the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge and fought until his defeat. He was captured by King Edward I of England and executed for Treason. There is not a lot known about William Wallace's family and upbringing but there have been letters found and extracts written giving away his father's name Alan and his brothers John and Alan. Even though details such as his early life and the exact location of the home town have not been confirmed most of the film is based on these real life historical actions of a hero.


                Main Characters-

                Longshanks, King Edward I - Patrick McGoohan
                Princess Isabelle- Sophie Marceau
                Campbell- James Cosmo
                MacClannough - Sean McGinley
                Murron- Catherine McCormack
                Robert the Bruce- Angus Macfadyen



                THEMES and PLOT


                The narrative of the film is interesting, exciting and simple. It does not get complicated and it is very easy to follow. It includes everything you need to keep an audience watching and involves all genres of comedy, romance, action and destruction, some parts are very emotional. There are many themes in the film and morals which I found very intriguing.
                * Courage. His is the main feature of the film and also in the tagline. There is a strong link to courage being a positive role for William and his men. They show this all the way through. Having the courage to do something no matter how tough it is makes you what you are.
                * Freedom. As the Scots are ruled under the English it shows that this is wrong and that everyone should have the freedom to live a quiet happy life. The films suggest that freedom is the most important thing in life and that it must be fought for.
                * Traditional family values- The period of time this sets in really shows you how people lived in Scotland at this time. A strong feature I saw in the village was this traditional way of life. Marriage, children and quiet life farming. Marriage comes before children and sex does not appear until you are married.
                * Homosexuality- Keeping a modern touch to the film it suggests a small suggestion of homosexual behaviour. Prince Edward is shown to have gay intentions with his right hand man and the King does not take this lightly as his son is married to a French princess. It was good to show that even in those times you may have had gay lovers and that no body accepted it then.


                GENRES


                The film included every genre to attract the biggest range of audience. These included-
                * Romance- there was plenty of this in the film and the biggest value of why William wants freedom from England. Romance is very passionate in the film and we see that the men treat their women with the highest respect. William shows his affections and connection with Murron strongly. The women are respected and the children are well looked after. Family is important to this village and the way of life for the Scots.
                * Comedy- There is some brilliant comedy used through out the film which always makes me laugh. The main reason I liked the comedy is because as there is a lot of emotions and hard hitting events it evens it out. The character of Irishman Stephen played a lot of this comedy which I laugh at every time I watch him. Some of his quotes are just brilliant and his character is mental.
                * Action. There is plenty of action and battles to keep those who love that genre interested. The battles are fast exciting and add real class to the movie. It shows the old ways of battle with horses, spears and swords. The Scots show a brilliant sense of humour in battle and Wallace uses many ways to entice the English and pick a fight.



                Quotes

                Stephen- after killing a would-be assassin on William turns and says- 'I didn't like him anyway. He wasn't right in the head'.

                Stephen- to Wallace in battle- 'God tells me he can get me out of this mess, but he's pretty sure you're fucked'.

                Murron- 'Do that standing on your head and I'll be impressed'
                Wallace- 'Well. My kilt will fly up, but I'll try'.

                Fighter- 'and where do you think your going?'
                Wallace- 'I'm going to pick a fight'.

                Wallace- 'Before we let you leave, your commander must cross that field, present himself before this army, put his head between his legs, and kiss his own arse'.



                SETS and LOCATIONS

                There are some lovely and outstanding scenes in the film mainly being the Scottish highlands. When I researched the film and where they film the beautiful scenes I found it pretty funny that even though some scenes where done in Scotland there were many scenes that were filmed in Ireland. This includes the Battle of Stirling Bridge.
                There were many different scenes to keep it interesting and the flicker between life in the Scottish highlands and the King in England. They both contrast in many ways and I liked the different locations and Wallace on his travels down to fight in England. The woodlands and mountains are just superb.



                OVERALL

                I would defiantly recommend this film to everyone. It is a brilliant movie which makes you laugh, cry and eager over the dramatic action. The story is great, the characters are brilliant and very interesting and the set is beautiful. I loved the battle scenes and the gore that was used in some parts. I think the certificate is right for the film as there are some gory deaths, sexual references and swearing. I hope you enjoy the film as much as I did. I love this film!!!



                EXTRAS


                The film won five Academy awards including Best Picture and Best Director. It was also nominated for five more showing it was a great success. On release weekend the film grossed $210 Million and was the highest grossing film of 1995. It had a very positive reception and a great interest from Scotland.


                The film received a rotten tomato rating of- 76%


                Website- http://www.braveheart.co.uk/



                DVD


                I brought a copy of the film from Play.com. On the website you can get either a single disc version for only £4.99 or the two disc special which we had for £3.98 which is odd it being cheaper. The two disc special includes an interactive menu, commentaries and behind the scenes.

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                  17.06.2009 09:58
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                  A film for all and one that will live on as a true classic for years to come

                  Braveheart sees Mel Gibson star as William Wallace, a Scotsman who in the late 13th century led the resistance against the English in order free Scotland from English rule and leads the viewers on a truly amazing rollercoaster of emotion as we see love, hatred, pride, fear and respect. The production quality of this film which was released back in 1995 simply blew the audience away as it was to many a masterpiece rather than just simply a movie and thankfully the film gave a huge increase in interest in Scottish history which was highly valued (not however for the sight just below the Wallace monument in Stirling where a statue of William Wallace was the same height as Mel Gibson and looked very much like Gibson and so had to be removed very quickly for alterations work).

                  If you are a fan of Mel Gibson then this is a must as it is one of his finest films, a fan of history then this is for you (don't complain about historical inaccuracies as this generated a lot of young interest in Scottish history) and if you love large scale productions then this is definately one for you.
                  I absolutely loved this film and was blown away with the quality of the production. Gibson is perfect for the role of William Wallace and brings an amount of respect to the role which he also stated he had for being allowed to play such a national hero. I can't recommend this film enough to people.

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                    29.05.2009 12:24
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                    One of the best films around, a true epic

                    Mel Gibson, what a guy!! This film won an Oscar back in 1995, and it's not hard to see why! Braveheart is one of the best films I've seen and I really do love it. So what's it all about...

                    Braveheart follows William Wallace (Mel Gibson) as he looks to give Scotland a victory in it's battle for independence in the 13th century. His wife is murdered by the English troops and Wallace's quest for revenge quickly turns into a fight for freedom! As his fight gains momentum he is joined by other Scots who take up the fight for freedom against the English.

                    This is one of the most emotional films i have seen. The injustice and passion in the film really do move you! The soundtrack is wonderful, James Horner provides this and he just adds to his already massive reputation.

                    The tag line for the film is 'Life without freedom is no life at all' and you can't help but be swept up into the emotion of that saying. Mel Gibson plays the part of Wallace to perfection, he just looks like you would imagine he should. He even does pretty well with the accent!

                    This is an epic movie in every sense! It runs for 171 minutes, which is a long time, but it does not drag. The plot runs very smoothly and it keeps you interested, I could have sat there for another hour quite happily.

                    It is rated 15 and there is a small amount of language, a little nudity but lots of bloody violence. This really makes it an adult film that should not be shown to children.

                    The DVD has a few nice features. Although I have the 2 disc version which may differ from the main one. Anyway the 2 disc version has: A documentary featuring A filmmakers passion. Audio commentary from Mel Gibson, Interactive menus, scene access, original trailer and different language subtitles.

                    Overall this is one of my all time favorites. There is not much wrong with this film. I would say its one of those you have to watch. Hope you enjoy it!

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                      18.02.2009 20:31
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                      Epic, sweeping, and battle scenes to die for

                      I'm presuming the reason you're reading this one of two: either you're interested in seeing the film, or you want to know what I think. Since I somehow doubt the latter, I'll save your time with the former: See it, it's an outstanding piece of cinema. If you get the chance to see it on the big screen, don't pass it up. Really.

                      The plot is loosely historical: Gibson directs and stars as William Wallace, a Scottish hero who nearly saved the Scots from the tyrannical English. As you'd expect from a Hollywood epic, the baddies are badder and the goodies gooder than strictly accurate, but that hardly matters. If you actually do the math, the French princess (Sophie Marceau) with whom Wallace falls in love would actually be around four years old at this point. But again, to pull the movie apart with historical pedantry would be to miss the point entirely. It works on a classic formula: Love against the odds, tyranny defied by the human spirit, and the triumph of courage over cowardice.
                      Having started his directoral career with The Man Withour A Face, Braveheart is an excellent achievement. The battle scenes are now benchmark standards in brutal effect, and they have even more power on a large screen; that's not to say that the power is diminished by video or DVD, it's just... well, it ain't cinema. In the same way as Ben Hur, this is a spectacle movie.

                      To disect the plot is largely pointless; it's long without being boring, it has romance, battles, treachery, revenge and ultimately one of the most moving executions in memory. The stirring soundtrack is also worth a mention, perfectly underlighting the appropriate moments with gravity and emotion. In fact, the more I think about it, that Ben Hur comparison was probably pretty accurate.
                      It was made in 1995. If you haven't seen it already, go rent it. Philistine. Even just to spot me as an extra...

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                      Well being a born and bred Scot, this was one film I had to watch. This epic film is just under 3 hours long, and won 5 Oscars, so I was expecting to be pretty impressed.

                      After watching the film, the first thing that stuck me, is that a lot of it is fiction. Having read quite a bit on William Wallace, much of this film has been exaggerated and fabricated, but to be fair, there is not a great deal known to be fact about William Wallace himself and it still made for very good watching.

                      Mel Gibson did a fairly good job as William Wallace, but I would have preferred a Scottish actor personally. The film covers how William Wallace's fight for freedom began with the killing of his wife, the joining forces of the Scottish clans, the divide between Scottish 'noble' men and the peasants, the evil Edward Long shanks and the famous battles that took place as Wallace invaded England. Finishing with his courageous death after betrayal.

                      The soundtrack to this film in particular is truly beautiful, haunting bag pipes for much of it and perfect for the storyline. The battles were gripping and filmed perfectly. The ending was superb but heartbreaking at the same time. I would recommend it, but its not a film I could watch over and over again as I do some. Very good but not outstanding in my opinion.

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                      Worth to watch

                      Released by 24 May, 1995 (USA), rank in IMDB 8.3/10

                      Director: Mel Gibson

                      Writer: Randall Wallace

                      Cast:
                      Mel Gibson: William Wallace
                      James Robinson: Young William Wallace
                      Sean Lawlor: Malcolm Wallace
                      Sandy Nelson: John Wallace
                      James Cosmo: Campbell
                      Sophie Marceau: Princess Isabelle


                      Plot Summary:
                      William Wallace, a Scottish whose father and brother died in the battle with English army, became the leader of Scottish rebellions against the cruel rule of Edward the Longshanks. Wallace persuaded the nobles of Scotland to unit as a whole, and then this united army crushed English clan in the battle of Sterling, the powerful cavalry of English is like dirt under the spears of Wallace.

                      However, every triumph embodied risk. Wallace were soon be betrayed by his allies, and be sold out to English. In his finally battle in Falkirk, his allies just watched Wallace's army be slaughter and himself be taken away by English.

                      English got Wallace, but the fire of anger from Scottish has already been lighted. After the death of the Braveheart, the Scottish fight against English tills their freedom.

                      My advice:
                      I can not stop my tears when I write down the betraying and death of Wallace. It is the saddest part to see a brave and honorable hero to fall so easily. Actually, each time when I was going to fall, I always think of this movie. Wallace did not success till his death, but his spirit spread between his people, and spread till today.

                      Strongly recommend for those who have encounter difficulties and think them can not go through. See this movie, and you will gain power.

                      Some facts about this movie:
                      It has won five Oscar awards at 1995: The best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing, Best Makeup and Best Picture.

                      Mel Gibson used nearly 3,000 people for the scene of battle, which made the cost of the movie far beyond the budget,but the director gain much more from the ticket :).
                      Thanks for reading my review, enjoy you time :)

                      This review is copied from my review in Ciao.com, with some changes. (http://www.ciao.com/Braveheart__Review_10016852)

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                        A good watch

                        Historical innacuracy aside (speaking as a Scot who knows a little about his history although not as much as he should), Braveheart is a must see film. It features a pre insane (come on he has been a little cookie of late) Mel Gibson as William Wallace, the blue faced scourge of the English. William Wallace seeks revenge after the death of his "secret" wife (the two of them marry in secret to avoid paying a marriage tax of some description but I guess that's not too imporant to the film) - and then decides to start a revolt against Scotland's English oppressors. Cut to lots of battles and some funny sequences (the film has a lot of humour in it in the most unexpected places). The film is nearly three hours long but doesn't feel it thanks to a great cast (Patrick McGoohan excels as King Edward I... he's very creepy), amazing direction and a great, if historically flawed script. I am by no means a patriot but this film did get to me when I first saw it all these years ago... and I fell out with all my English friends. Just kidding. But a powerful film nonetheless.

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                        A stupendous historical saga, Braveheart won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director for star Mel Gibson. He plays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish commoner who unites the various clans against a cruel English King, Edward the Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan). The scenes of hand-to-hand combat are brutally violent, but they never glorify the bloodshed. There is such enormous scope to this story that it works on a smaller, more personal scale as well, essaying love and loss, patriotism and passion. Extremely moving, it reveals Gibson as a multitalented performer and remarkable director with an eye for detail and an understanding of human emotion. (His first directorial effort was 1993's Man Without a Face.) The film is nearly three hours long and includes several plot tangents, yet is never dull. This movie resonates long after you have seen it, both for its visual beauty and for its powerful story. --Rochelle O'Gorman