Braveheart (1995) USA
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Director:Mel Gibson
Producer:Mel Gibson, Alan Ladd Jr., Bruce Davey, Dean Lopata, Elisabeth Robinson, Stephen McEveety
Writer:Randall Wallace
Date Added:2007-03-05
Purchased On:2007-05-03
Awards:Won 5 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 20 nominations
Genre:Action & Adventure
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 5.1, English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French, Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Commentary by Director Mel Gibson, Dolby Digital 2.0
Features:A Filmmaker's Passion - The Making of Braveheart (Behind the Scenes Documentary)
Mel Gibson  ...  (Director)
Randall Wallace  ...  (Writer)
Alun Armstrong  ...  
Stephen Billington  ...  Phillip
Mhairi Calvey  ...  Young Murron MacClannough
James Cosmo  ...  Campbell
Brian Cox  ...  Argyle Wallace
Peter Hanly  ...  Edward, Prince of Wales
John Kavanagh  ...  
Sean Lawlor  ...  Malcolm Wallace
Angus Macfadyen  ...  
Sophie Marceau  ...  Princess Isabelle
Sean McGinley  ...  MacClannough
Patrick McGoohan  ...  Longshanks, King Edward I
Barry McGovern  ...  
Sandy Nelson (II)  ...  
Ralph Riach  ...  Priest #1
James Robinson (II)  ...  
Gerda Stevenson  ...  Mother MacClannough
Alan Tall  ...  Elder Stewart
Andrew Weir  ...  Young Hamish Campbell
Mel Gibson  ...  William Wallace
James Robinson  ...  Young William Wallace
Sandy Nelson  ...  John Wallace
Comments: The courage to face fear

Summary: 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