Director: Mel Gibson Cast: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack, Brendan Gleeson, David O’Hara, Tommy Flanagan, Alex Norton, Rupert Vansittart, Malcolm Tierney, Donal Gibson, Ian Bannen, Peter Mullan, Gerard McSorley, Richard Leaf, Brian Cox, Peter Hanly, Stephen Billington, John Kavanagh, Alun Armstrong, James Robinson, Sean Lawlor, Sandy Nelson, James Cosmo, Sean McGinley, Mhairi Calvey, Angus Macfadyen
Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Director (Mel Gibson); Best Cinematography; Best Sound Effects Editing; Best Makeup
Also Nominated For: Best Original Screenplay (Randall Wallace); Best Costume Design; Best Sound; Best Film Editing; Best Original Dramatic Score (James Horner)
I First Saw In: c. 2013
Synopsis: When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt and leads Scottish warriors against the cruel English tyrant who rules Scotland with an iron fist.
Did You Know? Considering himself too old for the part, Mel Gibson turned down the role of William Wallace. However, the financing by Paramount was contingent upon him agreeing to play the lead.
Quotables: STEPHEN: The Lord tells me He can get me out of this mess. But He’s pretty sure you’re fucked.
And now a Word from the Guise:
I really dislike this movie. It’s one of the cheesiest and most overrated Best Pictures ever. Of course, had I been old enough to see the film when it first came out in 1995, I’m certain I would have loved it. But I didn’t until about 18 years after it’s release, and it was a burden on my eyes. The battle sequences are great, but the acting is overdone.
Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233