R | | Biography, Drama, History
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.
Mel Gibson cites Spartacus (1960) as one of the influences for the film. The story of Wallace parallels that of Spartacus, in that both men struggled against foreign rulers. The Big Country (1958) also served as an inspiration.
I shall tell you of William Wallace. Historians from England will say I am a liar, but history is written by those who have hanged heroes. The king of Scotland had died without a son, and the king of England, a cruel pagan known as Edward the ...
Malcolm Wallace: I ...
Just before the Battle of Falkirk, Edward is talking to Robert Bruce with a helmet on and The Bruce is on Edward's left. The camera angle changes to Edward's right side and The Bruce is on Edward's right. This happens two or three times.
On USA prints, the Paramount Pictures logo has a gray tint, while on international prints, the 20th Century Fox logo fanfare is muted.
The UK version was cut by 2 secs at the behest of the BBFC to obtain a 15 certificate. The front view of Wallace's revenge cutting of the magistrate's throat cuts away to a side shot and then back again. This BBFC-cut DVD has been released into other markets such as Australia and Scandinavia which previously enjoyed the uncensored copy of the film theatrically and on VHS. The BBFC waived the cuts in December 2009.
English, French, Latin, Scottish Gaelic, Italian
$9,938,276 (USA) (31 July 2012)
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