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Another of my favourite movies is Braveheart (rated 15). It's the
story of the Scottish rebellion against the English around the beginning
of the 14th Century AD, led by a commoner named William Wallace
(played by Mel Gibson, who also directed). I know it can appear like
Gibson has it in for the English (The Patriot is another example), but at
times England's past has had a lot to answer for. Anyhow, my family
roots are more Celtic, with my father having been Welsh, and according
to my Family Surname History document, 'Watts' had ancient Scottish
roots! Interesting indeed!
Now the movie is not historically accurate in all its details, according to
a few documentaries that I've seen on the subject. It's a bit of a
mish-mash really, historically speaking, although some of the key battle
scenes are based on fact! Yet to me, the precision details are beside
the point (is there any Hollywood movie that is completely accurate?)
because in its own right as a movie, it plays like a biblical epic.
The battle scenes are the most realistic I've seen in a movie involving
ancient warfare (I would say Saving Private Ryan for depicting modern
warfare), therefore it is a very violent film. I'm amazed at how they do
it, though. I like watching movie documentaries that show how the
special effects and stunts are achieved.
Braveheart also contains some great characters - check out the Irish
guy, Steven, who joins Wallace and his band! He converses quite
naturally with 'the Almighty'! (Beware of some strong language,
It also has a wonderful musical score composed by James Horner.
When I first saw this movie at the cinema, it blew me
away. I could see it was loaded with spiritual types.
There are many similarities to the two biblical roles of
the Messiah. Christ seeks love, peace, justice and
freedom, yet his love for his bride (his people) causes
him to avenge her after she is raped, abused and
murdered, resulting in iron-handed judgment upon his
enemies. As King David was a faded figure of this role
of the Messiah, Mel Gibson could just have easily been
playing King David instead of William Wallace!
The Messiah was also betrayed by his own
countrymen. When He was tried before the religious
authorities, he remained silent when He could have
made it easier for Himself. He remained steadfast to His
mission and belief - to bring freedom. He was tortured
and killed on a cross-piece. All of this portrays the
First Coming of the Messiah. Christ Jesus is the
Here are some of my favourite Braveheart quotes.
(Young William's dream)
His Father: Your heart is free...Have
the courage to follow it.
(William's speech to the army)
...I see a whole army of my countrymen
here in defiance of tyranny...You've come
to fight as freemen and freemen you are.
What will you do with that freedom.
(At a gathering of the Nobles)
William: You're so concerned with squabbling
for the scraps from Longshank's (the English
King) table that you've missed your God-given
right to something better...You think the
people of this country exist to provide you
with position. I think your position exists to
provide those people with freedom.
(To Robert the Bruce)
William: Now tell me...what does that mean to be
noble? Your title gives you claim to the throne of
our country, but men don't follow titles...they
(Before the Princess of Wales)
Princess: I understand you have recently been
given the rank of knight.
William: I have been given nothing. God makes
men what they are.
Princess: Did God make you the sacker of
(William defends his actions by telling the truth
about the King's atrocities)
William: Ask your King to his face...and see if his
eyes can convince you of the truth.
(Princess offers treasure for peace)
William: A lordship and titles...gold...that I
should become Judas?
Princess: Peace is made in such ways
William: Slaves are made in such ways...One day
you will become Queen and you must open your
(After Robert the Bruce had betrayed William on the
battlefield, talking with his father)
Robert: Lands, titles, men, power...nothing, I have
Father: All men betray ...all men lose heart
Robert: I don't want to lose heart. I wanna believe
as he does...I will never be on the wrong side
Hamish: I don't want to be a martyr.
William: Nor I. I want to live...I want a home
and children...and peace...I've asked God for
those things. It's all for nothing if you don't
(In prison awaiting his torture and death with a
visit from the princess)
William: Every man dies...not every man
(Then in prayer) I'm so afraid...give me the
strength to die well.
As he is dying on the cross-piece after his
torture, he cries 'FREEDOM'
Here's the theatrical trailer for Braveheart