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Braveheart (1995)
Short plot summary

Mel Gibson plays William Wallace, an iconic Scottish warrior. William Wallace is a real person, although how accurate this movie is is unknowable. Never mind - he hates the English and that's all that matters in this outing, he also invades England too... that doesn't happen often...

We saw this on the big screen and thought it was brilliant, we saw it on TV for this review and wasn't as impressed. You really need the big screen to fully appreciate the enormity of the battle scenes, and of course the scenery, but more of that later...

If you are 'in to' blood and grunting in leathers you will not be disappointed.

What our panel of critics thought

"One of those great pro-Scottish movies, or, more to the point, anti-English."

"There are more Aarrrgghhhsss! in this movie than any other movie I can remember seeing ever before. And beards too, loads of beards in fact. Is there a link between the two?"

"Mostly shot in Ireland, I am told. When I heard this it totally ruined everything for me."

"Those kilts are like skirts, as light and comfy as anything Marilyn Monroe would wear. It's a disgrace! Give me thick greasy-woollen kilts or give me death."

Dr Bravisimo-Encore II Movie Review

A movie of emotion and action and loads of haranguing in a way only the Scottish can do to the English. The scene in which the Scots raise their kilts and slap their bottoms in unison pretty much sums up 800 years of history between the two countries... and is as relevant today as it was way back then...

The actual detail in this movie is disputed, as indeed is everything about Wallace, however the movie is a great actioner and it pulls you in.... I actually saw this at the cinema when it came out and was transfixed. On the small screen it looses the magnificence of the battle scenes.

A superb achievement, perhaps a bit too long.

Other comments

A light-gritty movie with very impressive battle scenes. Nobody actually knows much about William Wallace so most of this movie is probably fiction - or they might, by some fluke of luck, have accurately portrayed him... stranger things have happened.

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