William Wallace, a commoner, unites the 13th Century Scots in their battle to overthrow English rule.


Mel Gibson


Randall Wallace


 Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau and Patrick McGoohan

Braveheart (1995) – The setting is 13th-century Scotland, oppressed by the English King Edward I (Patrick McGoohan), alias Long shanks, who hangs a group of Highlanders trying to negotiate a peace treaty. One of the victim’s son is William Wallace. When Long shanks makes it legal for British nobles to sexually abuse Scottish women, Wallace’s wife is killed by British soldiers. He rallies other angry Scots and an English-hating Irish brigand and stages a successful guerrilla war on the British. Ironically, Wallace’s goal of independence for Scotland is thwarted by the region’s own aristocrats, a well-treated bunch with investments in England. Betrayed by his high-born countrymen, Wallace assassinates a number of them before he’s captured and handed over to the English for public torture and execution. Wallace is unyielding to the end, and his example shames the Scottish prince Robert the Bruce (Angus McFayden) to lead a larger, more successful revolt later, in Wallace’s name.

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