Braveheart

Braveheart

Mel Gibson's Oscar-winning 1995 Braveheart is an impassioned epic about William Wallace, the 13th-century Scottish leader of a popular revolt against England's tyrannical Edward I (Patrick McGoohan). Gibson cannily plays Wallace as a man trying to stay out of history's way until events force his hand, an attribute that instantly resonates with several of the actor's best-known roles, especially Mad Max. The subsequent camaraderie and courage Wallace shares in the field with fellow warriors is pure enough and inspiring enough to bring envy to a viewer, and even as things go wrong for Wallace in the second half, the film does not easily cave in to a somber tone. One of the most impressive elements is the originality with which Gibson films battle scenes, featuring hundreds of extras wielding medieval weapons. After Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky, Orson Welles's Chimes at Midnight, and even Kenneth Branagh's Henry V, you might think there is little new that could be done in creating scenes of ancient combat; yet Gibson does it. --Tom Keogh

Production: Paramount Pictures
  Won 5 Oscars. Another 26 wins & 28 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.4
Metacritic:
68
Rotten Tomatoes:
76%
R
Year:
1995
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Longshanks:
What news of the north?

Edward:
Nothing new, Your Majesty. We've sent riders to speed any word.

Longshanks:
I heard the word in France, where I was fighting to expand your future kingdom. The word, my son, is that our entire northern army is annihilated, and you have done nothing.

Edward:
I-I have ordered conscriptions. They're assembled and ready to depart.

[A messenger enters with a guard]

Messenger:
Excuse me, sire, but there's a very urgent message from York.

Longshanks:
Come.

[the guard hands Edward the message and places a large basket on the table]

Longshanks:
Leave us.

Guard:
Thank you, sire. [leaves]

Edward:
[reads the message] Wallace has sacked York.

Longshanks:
What?

Edward:
Wallace has sacked York!

[Longshanks snatches the message from Edward, who lifts the cover off the basket and recoils in shock. Longshanks reaches into the basket and pulls out the Governor of York's severed head from inside]

Philip:
Sire... thy own nephew. What beast could do such a thing?

Longshanks:
If he can sack York... he can invade lower England.

Philip:
We would stop him!

Longshanks:
Who is this person who speaks to me as though I needed his advice?

Edward:
I have declared Philip my high counselor.

Longshanks:
Is he qualified?

Philip:
I am skilled in the arts of war, and military tactics, sire.

Longshanks:
Are you? Then tell me, what advice would you have to offer of the present... situation?!

[he grabs Philip and throws him out the window to his death. Edward draws a dagger and lunges at Longshanks, who sidesteps and strikes him across the face, knocking him to the floor. He kicks Edward in the chest and picks up the dagger, as Edward lies on the floor whimpering in pain.]

Longshanks:
[pondering on what to do about Wallace] I shall offer a truce... and buy him off. But who will go to him? Not I. If I fell under the sword of that murderer, it might be my head in a basket. And not my gentle son. The mere sight of him would only encourage an enemy to take over the whole country. So whom do I send? Whom do I send?


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