Mel Gibson delivers the goods as both director and star in this epic story of 13th-century Scottish rebel William Wallace’s uprising against English rule.
Gibson’s portrayal of Wallace is inspirational, while his handling of the historical story is always absorbing. Patrick McGoohan is also outstanding as the dastardly Edward I and there’s subtle work, too, from both Angus Macfadyen, as a weak-willed Robert the Bruce, and Sophie Marceau, as Princess Isabelle.
It takes a while to swing into action but, once it does, the fight scenes are incredibly impressive – and in a comical prelude to one big battle, exactly what a Scotsman wears under his kilt is demonstrated en masse.
A great film, this was nominated for 10 Oscars, winning five, including Best Picture and Best Director.