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Synopsis

In the late 13th century, William Wallace returns to Scotland after living away from his homeland for many years. The king of Scotland has died without an heir and the king of England, a ruthless pagan known as Edward the Longshanks, has seized the throne. Wallace becomes the leader of a ramshackle yet courageous army determined to vanquish the greater English forces. At the historic battle of Stirling, Wallace leads his army to a stunning victory against the English. Knighted by the grateful Scottish nobles, Sir William Wallace extends the conflict south of the border and storms the city of York. King Edward I is astonished by the unexpected turn of events. Unable to rely on his ineffectual son Prince Edward, Longshanks sends his daughter-in-law Princess Isabelle to discuss a truce with Wallace.

Cast

  • James Robinson
  • Sean Lawlor
  • Sandy Nelson
  • James Cosmo
  • Sean McGinley
  • Alan Tall
  • Andrew Weir
  • Gerda Stevenson
  • Ralph Riach
  • Mhairi Calvey

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • Real-life Wallaces are extras in the movie. Mel Gibson also stayed with them during the course of the film to learn history.
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Goofs

  • William's sword after he flees town to meet Murron.
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Quotes

    • Young William: What are they doin'?
    • Argyle Wallace: Saying goodbye in their own way. Playing outlawed tunes on outlawed pipes.
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Metacritic

100

Offeris an exhilarating, and occasionally touching, experience that has viewers leaving the theater caught up in an afterglow of wonder. These days, heros like William Wallace are as rare as motion picture displays of this high, uncompromising quality.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
100

Tempers moments of despair with deliriously romantic passages abetted by James Horner's traditionally lush score and photography by John Toll (Legends of the Fall's Oscar winner).

Metacritic review by Mike Clark
Mike Clark
USA Today
88

An action epic with the spirit of the Hollywood swordplay classics and the grungy ferocity of The Road Warrior.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times