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Braveheart (1995)

Ananta F. Benvenuto Thursday, April 15, 2010 , , , , , , , ,

Release date : 24 May 1995 (USA)
Runtime : 2 hrs 57 mins
Genre : Action | Biography | Drama | History | War | Adventure
Movie quality : DVDRip
Director : Mel Gibson
Movie Star : Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack
Production : Paramount Pictures
Subtitle : English | Indonesia


Synopsis :
After years of political unrest in Scotland, the land was open to an invasion from the south. King Edward I of England (Patrick McGoohan) decided to conquer Scotland. After invading Scotland and winning the war, Edward (known as 'Longshanks') granted areas of land in Scotland to his nobility which they were to rule, along with the traditional privileges. One of these privileges was Primae Noctis, the right for the lord to take a newly married Scottish woman into his bed and spend the wedding night with the bride. William Wallace (Mel Gibson) grows up in this atmosphere of repression and fear and survives the death of his father and brother. His uncle arrives and takes him away to live with him. They travel Europe and Wallace learns to read, write and speak Latin and French. When he returns home, he falls in love with his childhood sweetheart Murron MacClannough (Catherine McCormack), and they marry in secret so that she does not have to spend a night in the bed of the English lord. However, the marriage is discovered and after a fight in the marketplace, Murron is captured. Wallace can't get there in time to save her and she is killed by the Sherriff. Wallace, with the other villagers, storms the garrison and kills all the English soldiers there, as well as the Sherriff. Wallace is compelled to fight against the English who have taken over his homeland and enslaved himself and his countrymen and women. Wallace's army grows as other Scotsmen arrive to fight the English. They fight a number of successful battles and Longshanks is worried enough by the threat he poses to send Princess Isabelle (Sophie Marceau) to try and negotiate peace with him. Princess Isabelle is the wife of Prince Edward (Peter Hanly) the Prince of Wales and Longshanks sent her because his son is a weak man and would not be imposing enough to negotiate, but she is a strong leader. As a French princess, Longshanks also knows that if Wallace kills her, the French king will declare war on Wallace in revenge. Wallace rejects the offer of a title, an estate and a chest of gold that Longshanks has told Isabelle to offer and continues with the fighting. However, during their conversation, Isabelle tells Wallace that she understands his suffering and that she has heard about the death of his woman. They share a moment of understanding and she becomes charmed by him. For Wallace to continue fighting, he needs the Scottish nobility on his side, contributing troops and food. But Wallace has problems convincing the nobility that they have a real chance to take back the country from the English. The nobles think that the Scots will lose and the English will treat them even worse than they are treated now. Also, the nobles are getting money from England and live quite well. Some of them are more concerned that this money continues to come and that their standard of living continues to be the best instead of looking after their people. Robert the Bruce (Angus Macfadyen) is particularly torn over what he sees as his duty to the people to free them and what his father (Ian Bannen) tells him to do to keep in good with the English. Eventually, two of the nobles betray Wallace at the Battle of Falkirk. Wallace is wounded badly and forced into hiding. He begins a guerilla war, which includes the murder of the two men who betrayed him at Falkirk. During the guerilla war, he meets again with Princess Isabelle, who has told him about a trap that Longshanks had set. Wallace evades the trap and kills the soldiers who were sent to capture him. He and Isabelle spend a night together. Unbeknownst to Wallace, she conceives his child. Robert the Bruce contacts Wallace to set up a meeting, where the Bruce intends to declare his intent to join Wallace and commit troops to the war. However, Roberts father has conspired with the other nobles to set a trap and Wallace is caught. He is beaten until he is unconscious and then handed over to the English. Wallace is taken to London and charged with high treason. He denies the charge, but is found guilty. He is given an opportunity to confess, and told that if he does so, his death will be quick. If he does not confess, he is told he will need to be purified by pain before he is killed. Isabelle visits him in his jail cell and begs him to confess, saying she cant stand the thought of him being tortured. He refuses to confess, and she asks him to take a drug she has brought, which will dull the pain. He refuses, but she begs him and he allows her to pour it into his mouth. They kiss and she leaves. Once she is gone, Wallace spits out the drug. Wallace is sentenced to death and because he didnt confess, he will be hung, drawn and quartered. He is taken to a public square and hung for a few moments. His stomach is cut open and his intestines are taken out. The magistrate again offers Wallace a quick death, this time if he will plead for mercy. The crowd overhears and calls for mercy on his behalf. Even at the end, Wallace will not be broken, and instead of begging for mercy, he cries Freedom! one last time. As he is about to be beheaded, he sees Murron in the crowd, smiling at him. We are told that Robert the Bruce takes control of what is left of the Scottish army and faces the English at Bannockburn. Cheering for Wallace, they defeat the English and win their freedom. (imdb.com)

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