Braveheart Movie Review 1995

Information and Film Reviews for Braveheart the Movie

Staff rating


Visitor rating
3.5 4.0 from 2 reviews

Producer-director-star Gibson does it all in this bold, ferocious, reasonably accurate epic about the passion and cost of freedom. Charismatic 13th century Scottish folk hero William Wallace leads his desperate and outnumbered clansmen in revolt against British oppression. Sweeping, meticulous battle scenes fit suprisingly well with moments of stirring romance and snappy wit. Among the mostly unknown (in the States, anyway) cast, Marceau and McCormack are elegant as Wallace's lady loves, and McGoohan is positively hateful as King Edward I. Gory and excessively violent (as medieval warfare tends to be) and a bit too long (as historical epics tend to be), but rewarding entertainment for those who stick it out--where else can you see the king's army get mooned en masse? Script was based on 300 pages of rhyming verse attributed to a blind poet known as Blind Harry. Gibson put up $15 million of his own money to complete the film.

Distribution

Paramount Home Video, 5555 Melrose Ave., 5555 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038, Phone: (323)956-5000, URL: http://www.paramount.com, Remarks: Does not handle retail queries from consumers; contact your local video distributor.

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 178 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Historical Drama, Medieval Romps, Scotland, Rebel With a Cause, War, General, Adapted from a Poem, Royalty, British, Big Battles, Historical Romance
Screenplay
Randall Wallace
Cast
Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack, Brendan Gleeson, James Cosmo, David O'Hara, Angus MacFadyen, Peter Hanly, Ian Bannen, Sean McGinley, Brian Cox, Stephen Billington, Barry McGovern, Alun Armstrong, Tommy Flanagan
Cinematography
John Toll
Director
Mel Gibson
Music
James Horner
Producer
Mel Gibson, Jr. Alan Ladd, Bruce Davey, Stephen McEveety, Icon Productions, Paramount Pictures

Awards

Oscars 1995: Cinematog., Director (Gibson), Makeup, Picture; British Acad. 1995: Cinematog.; Golden Globes 1996: Director (Gibson); MTV Movie Awards 1996: Action Seq.; Writers Guild 1995: Orig. Screenplay; Broadcast Film Critics 1995: Director (Gibson).

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