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    (Manufacturer # 139674 )

    Plot
      Mel Gibson, long-time heartthrob of the silver screen, came into his own as a director with Braveheart, an account of the life and times of medieval Scottish patriot William Wallace and, to a lesser degree, Robert the Bruce's struggle to unify his nation against its English oppressors. The story begins with young Wallace, whose father and brother have been killed fighting the English, being taken into the custody of his uncle, a nationalist and pre-Renaissance renaissance man. He returns twenty years later, a man educated both in the classics and in the art of war. There he finds his childhood sweetheart Murron (Catherine McCormack), and the two quickly fall in love. There are murmurs of revolt against the English throughout the village, but Wallace remains aloof, wishing simply to tend to his crops and live in peace. However, when his love is killed by English soldiers the day after their secret marriage (held secretly so as to prevent the local English lord from exercising the repulsive right of prima noctae, the privilege of sleeping with the bride on the first night of the marriage), he springs into action and single-handedly slays an entire platoon of foot soldiers. The other villagers join him in destroying the English garrison, and thus begins the revolt against the English in what will eventually become full-fledged war. Wallace eventually leads his fellow Scots in a series of bloody battles that prove a serious threat to English domination and, along the way, has a hushed affair with the Princess of Wales (the breathtaking Sophie Marceau) before his imminent demise. For his efforts, Gibson won the honor of Best Director from the Academy; the movie also took home statuettes for Best Picture, Cinematography, Makeup, and Sound Effects. ~ Jeremy Beday, Rovi
    Movie Type
      Epic, Historical Film
    Movie Level Themes
      Heroic Mission, Crowned Heads, Social Injustice, Political Unrest
    Movie Level Tones
      Visceral, Forceful, Lavish, Earnest, Passionate, Poignant, Sweeping

    DVD Features

    • Commentary by actor/director Mel Gibson
    • Braveheart Timelines
    • Dimensional Battlefields of the Scottish Rebellion
    • Braveheart: A look back
    • A company equals HD
    • The sound of laughter HD
    • The measure of a film HD
    • Smithfield: Medieval Killing Fields HD
    • Tales of William Wallace
    • A Writer's Journey
    Awards
    • 1995--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Mel Gibson-Winner
    • 1995--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Anna Behlmer-Nominee
    • 1995--American Society of Cinematographers, John Toll-Winner
    • 1995--Hollywood Foreign Press Association, James Horner-Nominee
    • 1995--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Bruce Davey-Winner
    • 1995--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Alan Ladd, Jr.-Winner
    • 1995--Directors Guild of America, Mel Gibson-Nominee
    • 1995--Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Randall Wallace-Nominee
    • 1995--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Charles Knode-Nominee
    • 1995--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Peter Frampton-Winner
    • 1995--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Lon Bender-Winner
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    Review

      Thoroughly ahistorical, Braveheart is nonetheless a rousing tale of heroism and honor, full of passion and wit and courage enough to inspire an army to victory. In fact, it very nearly did just that, becoming a focal point within the U.S. military for discussions of the societal obligations of the modern citizen-soldier. Filmed almost entirely in Ireland, Braveheart convincingly re-creates its version of Scotland circa 1300. A major strength is the marvelously designed battle sequences, the work of actor/director Mel Gibson and cinematographer John Toll. While only a modest success at the box-office, Braveheart was a substantial hit in video, and is remembered as the R-rated film that parents most often brought home to share with their children. ~ Richard Gilliam, Rovi


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