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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Mel Gibson
Patrick McGoohan
Sophie Marceau
Catherine McCormack
Directors
Mel Gibson
Screenwriters
Randall Wallace
Running Time
177 minutes

Braveheart
Mel Gibson's historically iffy but utterly absorbing tale of highland heroism


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Plot
Scots patriot William Wallace raises an army, busts Sassenach heads and shags the Princess of Wales.


Verdict
It's a long, torrid journey, with some of the many subplots left dangling, and is, predictably, historically suspect, but it is to the film's benefit that Gibson plays up the legend at the expense of accuracy (but never realism). He dares you to lose yourself in a world of breathtaking beauty, resonating brutality and rip-roaringly good storytelling. There's no alternative but to surrender.


Reviewed by Ian Nathan

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