15 certificateBraveheart is a Film programme that first aired in 1995 and has been classified a 15 certificate.

Braveheart is a 4 star programme

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Braveheart (1995)

Directed by
Mel Gibson

Mel Gibson (pictured) stars in (and directs) this Oscar-winning epic. It tells the story of William Wallace, one of Scotland's heroes who, in the late 13th century, brought together the clans into one mighty army to fight, and almost defeat, the armies of King Edward I (Patrick McGoohan) in his quest for Scotland's independence. Captured, Wallace was hanged, drawn and quartered, his dying breath being the word "Freedom".

If Gibson had opted for simple characterisations and action-filled battle scenes, this would have been a run-of-the-mill film, but instead he and scriptwriter Randall Wallace offer depth and roundness. Wallace is a complicated man, desperately in love with his wife Murron (Catherine McCormack) but also aware that destiny awaits him. Equally fascinating is the relationship between him and Edward's wife, Princess Isabelle (Sophie Marceau), whose role as a peacemaker between the two becomes more intimate as she and Wallace develop a mutual attraction, based on their fierce individuality.

But while the politics and relationships are fascinating, bringing out the characters' complexities, the battle scenes are equally stunning, with the true horror of hand-to-hand conflict shown in all its necessarily bloody detail.

Historically the film is felt to have a number of inaccuracies, but just about gets away with it. It won best picture and Gibson won best director, a rare feat for a movie depicting a place and time probably alien to most of the Academy, and a testament to the underlying quality of an enduring classic.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 185 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 1995

4/5 Stars

Classification: 15 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Mel GibsonMel Gibson...William Wallace
James Robinson...Young William Wallace
Sean Lawlor...Malcolm Wallace
Sandy Nelson...John Wallace
Image for James CosmoJames Cosmo...Campbell
Sean McGinley...MacClannough
Alan Tall...Elder Stewart
Andrew Weir...Young Hamish Campbell
Gerda Stevenson...Mother MacClannough
Ralph Riach...Priest
Mhairi Calvey...Young Murron MacClannough
Image for Brian CoxBrian Cox...Argyle Wallace
Image for Patrick McGoohanPatrick McGoohan...Longshanks King Edward I
Peter Hanly...Edward Prince of Wales
Image for Sophie MarceauSophie Marceau...Princess Isabelle
Image for Catherine McCormackCatherine McCormack...Murron MacClannough