Braveheart Movie Essay

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"William Wallace: And if this is your army, why does it go?
Soldier: We didn't come here to fight for them.
Second Soldier: Home, the English are too many!
William Wallace: Sons of Scotland! I am William Wallace.
Second Soldier: William Wallace is seven feet tall!
William Wallace: Yes, I've heard. Kills men by the hundreds. And if HE were here, he'd consume the English with fireballs from his eyes, and bolts of lightning from his arse.
[Scottish army laughs]
William Wallace: I AM William Wallace! And I see a whole army of my country men, here, in defiance of tyranny. You've come to fight as free men, and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?
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Braveheart had a historically accurate setting. The 13th century was home to the cruel reign of King Edward “Longshanks” I of England. The Scottish peoples were being oppressed by the English and just recently their King died without a male heir. The English took advantage of this and forcefully took Scotland as their own. The Scots disliked the English rule and repeatedly tried to run them out of Scotland but failed. The English were tired of this and tried to get rid of them by breeding them out. The King ordered Primae Noctis, the right of the lord of the area to take a newly married Scottish woman into his bed on her wedding night. This was one of many reasons Wallace started his rebellion.

The movie making for this story had many challenging aspects. They had to cut down on the details a bit, because they had a maximum budget of 57 million dollars. Many of the extras didn’t even get paid at all. Most of the soldiers were played by members of the Irish army. Mel Gibson used “new” actors so he didn’t have to pay millions to famous actors and actresses for small parts. He also used a boys choir for the soundtrack.
The sound and music were two of the most important story telling instruments used in the making of this film. James Horner was the composer for the music. He has worked on over 200 movies and TV shows and was uncredited for most of them. This was the first time he had composed for Gibson. The sound was key to making the movie seem real. Also the...

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