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.
"Primae noctis," in which a nobleman has the right to have sex with a common man's bride on her wedding night, has never been used in the history of Britain or Ireland. It would have encouraged rebellions in newly-conquered territories that were already difficult to govern. It was more common on the continent, notably France.
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 ...
While the English cavalry is charging the spikes, as William Wallace is shouting "Hold!", the camera cuts to a cavalry point of view, and it can be clearly seen that the spikes are up before Wallace gives the order. 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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