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Braveheart is a 1995 American epic historical fiction war film directed and co-produced by Mel Gibson, who portrays William Wallace, a late-13th-century Scottish warrior. The film depicts the life of Wallace leading the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England. The film also stars Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan and Catherine McCormack. The story is inspired by Blind Harry's 15th century epic poem The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace and was adapted for the screen by Randall Wallace.

Plot

In 1280, King Edward "Longshanks" invades and conquers Scotland following the death of Alexander III of Scotland, who left no heir to the throne. Young William Wallace witnesses Longshanks' treachery, survives the deaths of his father and brother, and is taken abroad on a pilgrimage throughout Europe by his paternal uncle Argyle, where he is educated.

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    award Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Sound Editing National Board of Review: Top Ten Films
    contentLocation Scotland
    director Mel Gibson
    editor Steven Rosenblum
    events First War of Scottish Independence William Wallace
    genre action drama historical
    keywords action at lanark alexander iii of scotland bannockburn battle of bannockburn battle of falkirk battle of stirling battle of stirling bridge behead betray capture cavalry condemn cry decapitate drawn and quartered droit du seigneur edward i of england edward ii of england falkirk fight hear heir to the throne isabella of france kill king edward longshanks kingdom of scotland land learn leper leprosy meet prince edward robert the bruce scottish army severed head slaughter the english garrison the king win
    musicBy James Horner
    nomination Academy Award for Best Cinematography Academy Award for Best Costume Design Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Film Editing Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling Academy Award for Best Original Dramatic Score Academy Award for Best Picture Academy Award for Best Sound Editing Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing Academy Award for Best Writing, Original Screenplay
    producer Alan Ladd Jr. Bruce Davey Mel Gibson
    productionCompany Icon Productions The Ladd Company
    publisher 20th Century Fox Paramount Pictures
    theme action drama biographical biographical drama epic historical fiction war