1995 Certificate: 15

Synopsis

Mel Gibson directs and stars in the Oscar-winning story of legendary 13th century Scottish warrior William Wallace, the patriotic rebel who led a ragged but courageous army against the English and their tyrannical king Edward Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan). Epic battles, swoonsome romance (with local lassie Catherine McCormack and, teasingly, French princess Sophie Marceau) and a bold interpretation of history make this an adventure for the ages. Won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director, Effects, Make-Up and Cinematography.

Director

  • Mel Gibson

Cast

  • Mel Gibson

  • Catherine McCormack

  • Patrick McGoohan

  • Sophie Marceau

  • Angus MacFadyen

  • Ian Bannen

Review

A truly epic Oscar-winning film about the life of 13th-century Scottish rebel leader William Wallace (Mel Gibson) and his fight to free his homeland from the English king Edward Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan).

Produced and directed by its star (Gibson went on to win the Best Director Oscar), the film starts at a leisurely, almost pedestrian pace.

But once the fighting starts, it carries the audience along at the speed of a rollercoaster, with battle following battle and some of the most bloody and gruesome hand-to-hand fighting ever captured on film.

The battle scenes are certainly spectacular affairs and Gibson displays a masterful control of scenes involving thousands of extras.