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the Film Premiere of Braveheart
"Fight and you may die. Run and you will live at least awhile. And dying in your bed many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance, to come back here as young men and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they will never take our freedom!"
~ Braveheart, 1995
Braveheart is a 1995 epic war film directed, co-produced, and starring Mel Gibson, who portrays William Wallace, the late 13th-century Scottish warrior. Randall Wallace, who wrote the screenplay, has acknowledged the 15th-century epic poem "The Acts and Deeds of Sir William Wallace, Knight of Elderslie" as a major inspiration for the film, which chronicles a fictionally based series of events leading to the First War of Scottish Independence against Edward I of England. Amongst the numerous historical errors included in the film, is the use of the belted plaid (in tweedy earth-tones) worn by Wallace and his men, incorrect both for the time period and also in the style and wearing of it. Nevertheless, the film generated huge interest in Scotland and Scottish history worldwide and has even been accused of driving "the Braveheart phenomenon," a Hollywood-inspired rise in Scottish nationalism, allegedly linked to a rise in anti-English prejudice! Regardless, recent films address the sartorial inaccuracies. The Outllaw King (2018) and Robert the Bruce (2019) pick up where the original Braveheart film left off, with Angus MacFayden reprising his original Braveheart role as Robert in the latter! Freedom! 🏴 🎥 🍿
Braveheart is an epic historical medieval war drama film directed by and starring Mel Gibson portraying William Wallace, the 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England. This film premiered in the United States in wide release on May 24th.
The story is based on Blind Harry's epic poem The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace and was adapted for the screen by Randall Wallace.
The tweedy tartan was a joint design between Charles Knode of the Shepperton Studios wardrobe department and Gordon Cavell of the Islay Woollen Mill on the Hebridean isle of Islay . Charles Knode sent Gordon a sports jacket and asked him to create a tartan/tweed from it using the colors for inspiration.
For a critique of the film from a historical point of view, including commentary on kilt-wearing during this period of history, click the movie still.