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Braveheart 1995

  • Mel Gibson
  • May 24, 1995
  • 177 mins
  • English
  • Action, Drama, History, War
Every man dies. Not every man truly lives.
Enraged at the slaughter of Murron, his new bride and childhood love, legendary Scottish warrior William Wallace slays a platoon of the local English lord's soldiers. This leads the village to revolt and, eventually, the entire country to rise up against English rule.


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This is a wonderfully acted, directed, photographed, and designed film with great performances, particularly from a breathtakingly beautiful Sophie Marceau, and I recommend it wholeheartedly.

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Historical accuracy be damned, the filmmakers are far more interested in myth making here. From the moment the film opens with a framing voice-over promising the viewer a story instead of a history lesson to the final moments of "warrior poets" charging into battle, Gibson populates his film with sympathetic heroes to laugh with and root for, sneering villains to laugh at and hate and a story that takes the character of Wallace and the historical events surrounding him and spins them into a rousing adventure that ensures three hours breeze by. There are problems for sure - the female characters exist purely to serve as a love interest and motivation for Wallace, and the less said about the film’s portrayal of the Prince of Wales, the better. But Gibson has populated the film with charismatic actors that fully commit to the archetypes they play and Gibson himself has rarely bettered his own performance here, ensuring the audience is fully invested in his character. With a beautiful score and stunning cinematography, it’s a stirring film that harkens back to older epic films from the 50s and 60s and is hugely enjoyable throughout. Altogether now - "Freedom!"

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I wish they would release the extended version on blu ray

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