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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

  • Release date:May 24, 1995

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Hollywood Foreign Press Association James Horner Best Original Score 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Horner Best Original Dramatic Score 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Anna Behlmer Best Sound 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lois Burwell Best Makeup 1995 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Lon Bender Best Sound Effects 1995 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Mel Gibson Best Director 1995 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Mel Gibson Best Director 1995 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mel Gibson Best Director 1995 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mel Gibson Best Picture 1995 Winner
Directors Guild of America Mel Gibson Best Director 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Pattison Best Makeup 1995 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Per Hallberg Best Sound Effects 1995 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Randall Wallace Best Screenplay 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Randall Wallace Best Original Screenplay 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scott Millan Best Sound 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steven Rosenblum Best Editing 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Alan Ladd, Jr. Best Picture 1995 Winner
American Society of Cinematographers John Toll Best Cinematography 1995 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Toll Best Cinematography 1995 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Andy Nelson Best Sound 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Brian Simmons Best Sound 1995 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bruce Davey Best Picture 1995 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charles Knode Best Costume Design 1995 Nominee

Cast

Mel Gibson
as William Wallace
Sophie Marceau
as Princess Isabelle
Patrick McGoohan
as Edward I Longshanks
Catherine McCormack
as Murron
Brendan Gleeson
as Hamish
Ian Bannen
as Robert the Bruce's leprous father
James Cosmo
as Campbell
David Patrick O'Hara
as Stephen
Alun Armstrong
as Mornay
Angus MacFadyen
as Robert the Bruce
Peter Hanly
as Prince Edward
Sean Lawlor
as Malcolm Wallace
Sean McGinley
as MacClannough
Alan Tall
as Elder Stewart
Ralph Riach
as Priest No 1
Robert Paterson
as Priest No 2
Brian Cox
as Argyle Wallace
Barry McGovern
as King's Advisor No 2
John Kavanagh
as Craig
Tommy Flanagan
as Morrison
Alex Norton
as Bride's Father
Rupert Vansittart
as Lord Bottoms
Michael Byrne
as Smythe
Malcolm Tierney
as Magistrate
Tam White
as MacGregor
Donal Gibson
as Stewart
Jeanne Marine
as Nicolette
Martin Dunne
as Lord Dolecroft
John Murtagh
as Lochlan
David McKay
as Young Soldier
Peter Mullan
as Veteran
Martin Murphy
as Lord Talmadge
Gerard McSorley
as Cheltham
Bernard Horsfall
as Balliol
Niall O'Brien
as English General No 2
Liam Carney
as Sean
Phil Kelly
as Farmer
Martin Dempsey
as Drinker No 1
Jimmy Keogh
as Drinker No 2
Joe Savino
as Chief Assassin
David Gant
as Chief Justice/Executioner
Mal Whyte
as Jailor
Alan Tall
as Elder Stewart
David McKay
as Young Soldier
Liam Carney
as Sean
Michael Byrne
as Smythe
Jeanne Marine
as Nicolette
Donal Gibson
as Stewart
Peter Hanly
as Prince Edward
David Gant
as Chief Justice/Executioner
Alun Armstrong
as Mornay
Jimmy Keogh
as Drinker No 2
Martin Dunne
as Lord Dolecroft
Tommy Flanagan
as Morrison
Robert Paterson
as Priest No 2
Niall O'Brien
as English General No 2
John Murtagh
as Lochlan
Angus MacFadyen
as Robert the Bruce
Barry McGovern
as King's Advisor No 2
David Patrick O'Hara
as Stephen
Phil Kelly
as Farmer
Bernard Horsfall
as Balliol
Malcolm Tierney
as Magistrate
Joe Savino
as Chief Assassin
Brian Cox
as Argyle Wallace
Rupert Vansittart
as Lord Bottoms
Ralph Riach
as Priest No 1
Sean McGinley
as MacClannough
Martin Dempsey
as Drinker No 1
Tam White
as MacGregor
Gerard McSorley
as Cheltham
Alex Norton
as Bride's Father
Peter Mullan
as Veteran
Martin Murphy
as Lord Talmadge
John Kavanagh
as Craig
James Cosmo
as Campbell
Sean Lawlor
as Malcolm Wallace

Crew

Mel Gibson
Director
Mel Gibson
Producer
Alan Ladd, Jr.
Producer
Bruce Davey
Producer
Randall Wallace
Screenwriter
John Toll
Cinematographer
James Horner
Composer (Music Score)
Steven Rosenblum
Editor
Thomas Sanders
Production Designer
Daniel Dorrance
Art Director
Ned McLoughlin
Art Director
Nathan Crowley
Art Director
Elizabeth Robinson
Associate Producer
Stephen McEveety
Executive Producer
Peter Howitt
Set Designer
Charles Knode
Costume Designer
Brian Simmons
Sound/Sound Designer
Mic Rodgers
First Assistant Director
David Tomblin
First Assistant Director
Matt Earl Beesley
First Assistant Director
Mic Rodgers
Stunts
Simon Crane
Stunts
Patsy Pollock
Casting
Paul Pattison
Hair Styles
Scott Millan
Re-Recording Mixer
Ken Court
Unit Production Manager
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