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Braveheart (1995)

A movie directed by Mel Gibson

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The best of medieval heroism.

  • Apr 28, 2001
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As I write this, Gladiator is still enjoying its shower of praise. I recall with notable fondness a similar film to snag the Oscar for Best Picture, Braveheart. This is the true masterpiece of the genre (which might be medieval action/adventure or something). What makes Braveheart special? In many movies like this (for instance, Gladiator), the protagonist is only a hero because he suffers. In Braveheart, William Wallace is a hero because he fights against suffering. It is that simple fundament that sets Braveheart up to be a great film.

Of course, there is more that makes Braveheart great. Mel Gibson's performance as Wallace is riveting, emotionally charged, and...real. He portrays his character with incredible conviction that makes the movie so much more powerful. His requisite hero speeches are inspiring yet plausible, and positively electric with passion. Sorry, Russell Crowe, but Gibson is the true medieval hero of contemporary cinema. Gibson also proves to be a fine director, with a keen eye for detail and a shrewd understanding of the emotional element of the story.

The battle scenes are fittingly gory, and do an excellent job portraying the chaos and brutality of the epoch's battlefield. But the emphasis here is not on the battles between the Scots and the English; this is an enduring story of love, ideals, and heroism. I've never cried watching a movie, but the heart-wrenching (and concurrently uplifting) finale brought me very close. Indeed, this movie sweeps you along for its epic story, and practically makes you another Scottish warrior. Along with the actors, you feel the soaring elation of victory and the profound anguish of defeat. Amazing.

One of my favorite movies of all time. I've used the designation idly before, but here it's certainly true.

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review by . April 09, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
   Edward the Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan) is an English ruler who plans to inherit the crown of Scotland just after Scotland's previous king had died without and heir. William Wallace (Mel Gibson), lost both his brother and father when they fought for Scotland's freedom, and he believes that Scotland should be free from the English invaders that have killed many people from their land. Wallace leads his courageous army to defeat the English, and after some success Wallace attacks …
review by . July 15, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
My favorite movie of all time is Braveheart, which won the Oscar for Best Picture among others.   It is my favorite because it has everything that a great movie must have: great actors that you can really get in to and cheer for, an antagonist who you can root against and hate, a love story and a story of redemption, great dialogue and music, great scenery(filmed in Scotland), and a lot of action and great moments.It truly is an amazing movie which makes me feel many different emotions …
review by . January 08, 2010
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As part of Paramount's Sapphire Collection Series, Braveheart is the best title of the three films Paramount chose to re-release.  While Forrest Gump and Gladiator are both amazing films, neither takes advantage of Blu-ray's power like Mel Gibson's epic film about the Scottish Revolution.  This isn't because of surround sound or anything being re-mastered though.  The film is fun to watch again in such a new way.  Sure DVD was great when it first came out, but Blu-ray takes away …
review by . December 10, 2008
Braveheart is almost 3 hours of action-packed, thrilling gold. Mel Gibson plays he role of William Wallace, a Scot, and gives an excellent performance as he leads his countrymen in the fight for independence from England. Of course, like any war movie, there's a love story, but in Braveheart it doesn't become the movie's main focus. Also, the film is pretty accurate from a historical point of view, and offers a glimpse into what life was like back in 13th century Europe.     Many …
review by . November 29, 2008
Below you will find a desription of the movie. This is my favorite movie of all time.     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 …
review by . June 02, 2004
posted in Movie Hype
I watched Braveheart again over the weekend and this is truly an excellent epic drama. But let's get one thing off the table first. I do not view this movie as an accurate portrayal of William Wallace or Robert the Bruce - nor is it what the rating is based on. Obviously plenty of liberties were taken with history. The movie is great because it's a good story well told.Braveheart is about the war for Scottish independence in the 13th century and the historical William Wallace who led the initial …
review by . September 01, 2000
posted in Movie Hype
There are five reasons why I rate this film so highly: great plot, great acting, outstanding production values, timeless themes, and indelible images. As you probably know already, the movie focuses on William Wallace who led the Scots to great victories before being betrayed, tortured, and executed. Gibson combines his usual zest for physical activity with much of the same sensitivity he revealed when portaying Hamlet. The supporting cast members are all first-rate. Perhaps only Gladiator and Saving …
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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
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Director: Mel Gibson
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: 1995
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Randall Wallace
DVD Release Date: August 29, 2000
Runtime: 177 minutes
Studio: Paramount
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