William Wallace's birth date and birthplace are disputed. While some suggest Wallace was born around 1270, the 16th century work History of William Wallace and Scottish Affairs claims 1276 as his year of birth. Traditionally his birthplace is claimed to be Elderslie, near Paisley in Renfrewshire, although it has been suggested that his birthplace was closer to Rowlands Gill, an alternative name for Derwent Park, near Hurlford and Kilmarnock in Ayrshire. In support of the Elderslie origins some proposed that William's traditional father—known as Malcolm Wallace until recently when David Wallace's seal was found — David Wallace of Low Fell, a knight and vassal to James the Steward, actually came from Riccarton, Ayrshire, near Loudoun.
That was a small piece of information concerning William Wallace, high protector of Scotland, and a mark in the history of legendary men who fought for the freedom of their own country, Wallace stood up against the English so that men of Scotland would stand up with Wallace and fight with him, Braveheart is a movie that chronicles Williams struggle to cope with life after the death of his father, he gets married to the love of his life, but soon she gets killed by the English, afterwards is what is displayed in this incredible movie from Mel Gibson.
Gibson does a wonderful job in directing, his vision of Scottish barbarians standing up against the English is told in such brutal honesty and realism, that he was sure to win his well deserved Oscar at the Academy Awards in 1995, this secures Gibson as a promising director and went on to direct more good movies for his already impressive C-V. Gibson manages to craft Scotland like an angel statue while portraying Wallace superbly at the same time, many times has a director/actor gotten totally exhausted trying to do both jobs at the same time, not Mel, he kept going until this movie was made, and the results was breathtaking, giving him the biggest round of applause on Oscar night as we went up to collect that golden baldie that was definitely his to begin with.
At the same time as doing superb directing, Gibson portrays Wallace amazingly, the alarmingly stupid thing is that he never won an Oscar for acting that night, he didn't even get nominated! This is another one of the thousands of Oscar crimes committed by the poor idiots who run the academy. Gibson manages to master a Scottish accent without cliché, spilling superb dialogue, heroic and inspirational stuff from the amazing script and delivering humour extremely well. So the best thing about this movie is definitely Gibson, the way he acts and the way he directs. Mastering both tasks incredibly, this is one acting job which you cannot dismiss, because Gibson takes this role of a respected and remembered Scottish figure who has to be portrayed in such a way that Gibson takes on.
Also what dominates the movie is the incredible scoring from James Horner which is undoubtedly brilliant which cant be ignored and leads lot of people (including me!) to go out and buy this amazing soundtrack with some tracks which are so great that they will make you feel all sorts of emotions you never knew you even had, this is what the movie achieves in so many ways that gives the movie its brilliance in so many levels, I mean, I can offer nothing but positive criticism towards the score, good to sit in the dark and just LISTEN TO! This movie works on so many levels for so many reasons and people worldwide love, Wallace's courage and bravery is so inspiring and loving, Gibson manages to keep the characters love and passion alit throughout the movie, I love this movie more than any other period movie, its full of such passion and love and not just bloody battle scenes, I recommended this for…well… everyone!