ByPaige Craney, writer at

Ok so we all have those movies that we absolutely love to death, for some it's Braveheart when the Scottish rebel rebels and goes against all odds to win back his country's freedom after his father and brother are killed when he was just a boy. And let's not forget that when he finally returned home he found the love of his life Murron, who gives him a purple thistle at his brother and fathers burial and has still kept it and gave it back to her to show her that he has always loved her and only her. They then decide to get married in secret because he said "We married is secret, because I would not share her with an English Lord." Then only a little later she was executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, and when William Wallace finds out his love is murdered it only sparks his revolution to rebel against the English. After beginning the revolt he leads Scottish warriors against the cruel English tyrant Edward the Longshanks who rules Scotland with an iron fist. In the 13th century the Scottish warrior led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against Kind Edward I of England. Even though this story is based off of Blimd Harry's epic poem The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace, and was adapted for the screen by Randall Wallace. As we all know the plot of this story starts out in 1280, King Edward "Longshanks" invades and conquers Scotland following the death of Alexander III of Scotland, who left no heir to the throne. Young William Wallace witnesses Longshanks' treachery, survives the deaths of his father and brother, and is taken abroad to Rome (and other countries) by his paternal Uncle Argyle, where he is educated. Years later, Longshanks grants his noblemen land and privileges in Scotland, including Prima Nocte (or droit du seigneur, the right of the lord to have sexual rights with female subjects on their wedding night). When Wallace returns home, he reunites with his childhood friend, Hamish. Wallace falls in love with his other childhood friend, Murron MacClannough; they marry in secret so she will not have to spend the night with the local English lord. Wallace then rescues Murron from being raped by English soldiers, but as she fights off their second attempt, Murron is captured and publicly executed. Outraged at losing another loved one, in retribution Wallace leads his clan to slaughter the English garrison in his hometown, that is supposedly when he then kills the garrison who murdered his love but instead he sends the occupying garrison at Lanark back to England. This enrages Longshanks, who orders his son, Prince Edward, to stop Wallace by any means necessary. But in the movie his son gets married to the Isabella of France, but in reality she was only 14 years old at the time all of this was going on. Wallace rebels against the English, and as his legend spreads, hundreds of Scots from the surrounding clans join him. Wallace then leads his army to victory at Stirling and then sacks the city of York, killing Longshanks' nephew and sending his head back. Wallace seeks the assistance of Robert the Bruce, the son of nobleman Robert the Elder and a contender for the Scottish crown. Robert is dominated by his father, who wishes to secure the throne for his son by submitting to the English. Worried by the threat of the rebellion, Longshanks sends his son's wife, to try to negotiate with Wallace, hoping Wallace will kill her and thus draw the Fench king to declare war. And so forth the legendary line "Freedom" comes at the end, when he later died.

15 Things You Probably Didn't Know About 'Braveheart'

1). Screenwriter Randall Wallace first had the idea on a vacation to Edinburgh.

He saw statues of William Wallace (no relation) and Rbert the Bruce adorning Edinburgh Castle and asked a tour guide who they were. The guide proceeded to tell the screenwriter about their story. Wallace was immediately inspired to write a screenplay about the famed warriors.

2). But Wallace didn't immediately start his research.

Wallace opted to do specific historical research after he completed his screenplay because he wanted to capture the drama of the story first and input historical details later. Wallace brushes off claims of the movie's historical inaccuracy by saying that the script is only his dramatic interpretation.

3). Mel Gibson didn't want a title sequence.

The director opted against including a main title sequence because he felt the film should launch right into the story. Nevertheless, famous designer Kyke Cooper created a brief title sequence for the film.

4). There's a little Spartacus in Gibson's direction.

Gibson's inspiration for Braveheart were sword-and-scandal epics he watched growing up, like El Cid and Spartacus.

5). Gibson worked in order.

the first shit in the movie was the first shot that he filmed.

6). James Robinson, who plays Young William, hadn't acted in a movie before Braveheart.

At one of the casting calls in Glasgow, Gibson asked another young actor there if he knew anybody who would be good for the movie, and the young actor referred Gibson to Robinson.

7). Mel Gibson's brother makes an appearance.

The director's brother, Donal Gibson, plays the leader of one of the clans that joins up with William Wallace at the midpoint of the movie.

8). Mad Max influenced the battle scenes.

Gibson admits that he borrowed the cinematic techniques for the most of the violent shots in the movie- like shooting at different speeds or using jump cuts to emphasize the violence.

9). Gibson had no choice but to star as William Wallace.

Gibson was relatively new to directing and was known more as an actor when he took on Braveheart.

10). Gibson didn't have actors read lines when they auditioned.

Instead, he sat down and talked to each actor over tea.

11). Gibson brought in actual members of the Wallace clan as extras.

They're standing around Wallace during the opening shots of battles.

12). There's a subtle Shakespeare reference in the film's most famous speech.

William Wallace's famous "Freedom" speech was heavily inspired by King Henry's "St. Cripin's Day Speech" from the Shakespeare play Henry V. And also on the movie 'Tombstone' a story about Wyatt Erp.

13). The distinctive face paint called "woad" is actually an anachronism.

it was never worn in battle at the time the movie takes place.

14). Gibson's woad went through some revisions.

Gibson originally wanted to have St. Andrew's Cross (a symbol of Scotland that appears on its contemporary flag) as the woad design on his face, but the films makeup artist, Lois Burwell, suggested the now iconic half-face-covering design. Good call by Burwell-- she won the Oscar for Best Makeuo for Braveheart.

15). Some of the Warriors were real-life soldiers.

The production used reserve soldiers from the Irish territorial army as extras during the battle scenes. To save money, the same group played both Scottish and Ebglish forces and simply changed costumes depending on the angles Gibson wanted to shoot.

Also another fact that the movie got wrong was that when the Irish fight against Wallace and his rebels, they didn't stop in the middle of the field and join up with the Scots. The Irish and the Scottish actually fought against each other, the only reason that this minor detail was changed is because the Irish extras and the Scottish extras didn't want to fight against each other, even if it was just for a few minutes in the movie.


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