2 hrs. 50 min. Mel Gibson directs and stars in
this Academy Award-winning epic based on the life of legendary thirteenth century Scottish hero William Wallace. Returning
to his homeland following the death of an heirless king, Wallace (Mel Gibson) finds the political landscape precarious. Edward
the Longshanks, King of England (Patrick McGoohan), has captured Scotland's throne and threatens the freedom of all Scottish
people, as tyrannical policies instituted by the English plague the Scots. Initially, Wallace is content to stand by the wayside,
yearning for the simple life of building a home and raising a family. However, when the woman he loves (Catherine McCormack)
suffers a cruel fate at the hands of English soldiers, Wallace takes a stand against the new rule. With his fierce patriotism
and determination, he gathers an amateur but passionately rebellious army. Although this makeshift force may be outnumbered
by the English troops, their desperation and love for their land surpass any military maneuvers, as evidenced in the film's
breathtaking battle sequences.
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By far one of the best movies I've ever seen (of course, I do have a Scottish background so their could be some bias
there). This movie is a perfect mix of gory action and romance, so two completely different people can watch the movie
and enjoy it. Most importantly, this movie gives this important peice of history the passion it deserves.
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