R | | Biography, Drama, History
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.
Mel Gibson declined to grow a beard in order to play Wallace.
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 ...
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When Longshanks announces he is re-instituting "Prima Nocta" to his advisers, Isabella looks confused, prompting him to tell her it means "first night" and entitles the local lord to sexual rights with common girls on their wedding night. Later, when Isabella first meets with William Wallace, Lord Hamilton speaks to her in Latin, illustrating that she actually does understand the language and should not have been confused earlier.
With the exception of the title of the movie, there are no opening credits.
For the very first UK release on VHS for rental the version of the film had a sequence showing Wallace leaving Scotland for Europe. He went to visit the Pope in Rome. Along the way he had a misadventure in France and had to leave in a hurry. When he got to Rome and was taken to see the Pope, the Pope merely passed him over without discussion, indicating that the Pope favoured king Edwards claims. This section does not appear on later video or dvd releases on the general market.
English, French, Latin, Scottish Gaelic, Italian
$9,938,276 (USA) (31 July 2012)