Braveheart (1995)

Genres - Epic, Historical Film  |   Sub-Genres - Historical Epic, Costume Adventure  |   Release Date - May 24, 1995 (USA)  |   Run Time - 177 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Richard Gilliam

Thoroughly ahistorical, Braveheart is nonetheless a rousing tale of heroism and honor, full of passion and wit and courage enough to inspire an army to victory. In fact, it very nearly did just that, becoming a focal point within the U.S. military for discussions of the societal obligations of the modern citizen-soldier. Filmed almost entirely in Ireland, Braveheart convincingly re-creates its version of Scotland circa 1300. A major strength is the marvelously designed battle sequences, the work of actor/director Mel Gibson and cinematographer John Toll. While only a modest success at the box-office, Braveheart was a substantial hit in video, and is remembered as the R-rated film that parents most often brought home to share with their children.