Braveheart (1995)



Critic Consensus: Distractingly violent and historically dodgy, Mel Gibson's Braveheart justifies its epic length by delivering enough sweeping action, drama, and romance to match its ambition.

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Mel Gibson, long-time heartthrob of the silver screen, came into his own as a director with Braveheart, an account of the life and times of medieval Scottish patriot William Wallace and, to a lesser degree, Robert the Bruce's struggle to unify his nation against its English oppressors. The story begins with young Wallace, whose father and brother have been killed fighting the English, being taken into the custody of his uncle, a nationalist and pre-Renaissance renaissance man. He returns twenty … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Randall Wallace
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 29, 2000
Paramount Pictures


as William Wallace

as Princess Isabelle

as Longshanks

as Campbell

as Robert the Bruce

as Stephen

as The Leper

as Prince Edward

as Young William

as Malcolm Wallace

as John Wallace

as MacClannough

as Young Murron

as Argyle Wallace

as Elder Stewart

as King's Advisor

as Morrison

as Mrs. Morrison

as Bride's Father

as Toothless Girl

as Lord Bottoms

as Smythe

as Priest No. 1

as Priest No. 2

as Magistrate

as Madbaker/Flagman

as MacGregor

as Stewart

as Nicolette

as Lord Dolecroft

as Leper's Caretaker

as Lochlan

as Young Soldier

as Veteran

as Lord Talmadge

as Governor of York

as York Captain

as English General

as Villager

as Farmer

as Drinker No. 1

as Drinker No. 2

as Chief Assassin

as Royal Magistrate

as Jailor

as English Commander
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Critic Reviews for Braveheart

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (24)

As the star of the new, epic-scaled Braveheart, Gibson celebrates yet another man of selfless valor. And as its director, he displays some daring of his own.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A lavish, entertaining spectacle full of manly men, dastardly villains, rousing battles and women who easily see Mel's hero potential through all that messy hair.

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New York Daily News
Top Critic

In addition to staging battle scenes well, Gibson also manages to recreate the filth and mood of 700 years ago.

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Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Mel Gibson throws his whole heart into a role. No one acts with more conviction, and his errors are honest ones.

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Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Braveheart has a gut-wrenching, bone-breaking, sword-thwacking verve.

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Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Many movies deal with battlefield heroics. Few seriously attempt to define heroism.

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Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Braveheart


When I first saw this film, I thought it was fantastic! In particular, it skirted the second act letdown. Tonight, I saw it on DVD. One, too many and too long battle sequences. Two is enough for me. Second, Wallace (Gibson) is carried to his execution on a cart with a cross. Well, OK, Christ dies for all of us. But then, when he is secured to have his head cut off, he is also spread out in a cross. Too much Christianity for me. I did not notice this aspect when I first saw the film.
Otherwise, this film hooked me well into its story, and it has a very strong spiritual aspect. The love that was consummated (twice) struck me as more of the spirit than of the flesh. 3 Stars 9-14-1997 (Updated)

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Braveheart is the (exceedingly tall) story of William Wallace, a man who united the common people of Scotland to rise up against their English oppressors in the 13th century. Of course the historical "facts" vary between the dubious and the ludicrous, particularly those involving the princess of Wales but I for one am not complaining about having to look at Sophie Marceau. It's easy to pick holes in it's accuracy, but if it were true to real events it probably would be a hell of a lot duller. This film is about rooting for the underdog; cheering on the good guys and booing the bad guys with some fantastically bloody action along the way. Gibson's accent is more Crocodile than Dundee, but he plays the part with just the right mix of charm and humour and has a great supporting cast to back him up, Patrick McGoohan being the best of the bunch as the deliciously malevolent Edward Longshanks (Boo! Hiss!) Often ridiculous, but a hugely entertaining old school swashbuckler. And where else can you see a story where a dirty hankie changes history...?!

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

"Every man dies, but not every man really lives"

Excellent Film! 1995 Best Picture! The acting is amazing, and the ending was brilliant. For me, all my guesses were incorrect. Everything that happens in this movie in unpredicted. The last half hour itself was highly unpredictable, and it had a powerful message. When a scene was meant to be dramatic, they did a great job at it. The message the movie sent kept me thinking for a while. The amount of courage and bravery was inconceivable, there was barely any faults or anything wrong with the movie. For a movie of 1995, they did a great job. Everything in this film was done tastefully. I love Robert's last line "You have bled with Wallace! Now bleed with me!" and the army stands and continues their struggling battles for freedom! This is such an inspirational movie with a powerful message "Every man dies, but not every man really lives" to a tearful ending that will make anyone shed a tear to a terrific heartfelt sound track, it's no wonder this won best picture with other Oscars. This is a movie, a terrific one that everyone should enjoy and watch. Well recommended! Go see this if you haven't!

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.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

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