History Film / BraveHeart

23rd Jul '16 5:28:18 PM teachzebra
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^ Fake Nationality: American/Australian Mel Gibson as William Wallace. American Patrick McGoohan as Edward the Longshanks and in one of the funnier examples Irishman Brendan Gleeson plays Scotsman Hamish while Scotsman David O'Hara plays Irishman Stephen. However the trope is largely averted with most secondary characters who were actually played by Scots, Frenchwomen and Englishmen. Of course almost all of the extras were Irish.

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^ * Fake Nationality: American/Australian Mel Gibson as William Wallace. American Patrick McGoohan as Edward the Longshanks and in one of the funnier examples Irishman Brendan Gleeson plays Scotsman Hamish while Scotsman David O'Hara plays Irishman Stephen. However the trope is largely averted with most secondary characters who were actually played by Scots, Frenchwomen and Englishmen. Of course almost all of the extras were Irish.


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* Too Dumb to Live: Phillip who insists on giving information to a very annoyed Longshanks even though everyone knows how ruthless the man is. In a surprise to no one he throws him out the window to his death.
23rd Jul '16 5:24:23 PM teachzebra
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^ Fake Nationality: American/Australian Mel Gibson as William Wallace. American Patrick McGoohan as Edward the Longshanks and in one of the funnier examples Irishman Brendan Gleeson plays Scotsman Hamish while Scotsman David O'Hara plays Irishman Stephen. However the trope is largely averted with most secondary characters who were actually played by Scots, Frenchwomen and Englishmen. Of course almost all of the extras were Irish.
22nd Jul '16 9:14:59 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Possibly the only admirable attribute of Longshanks.
* DareToBeBadass: Wallace's speech at Stirling is almost purely this trope:
--->'''Wallace:''' .... Will you fight!?\\
'''Scotsman:''' Fight? Against that? No! We will run, and we will live.\\
'''Wallace:''' Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you'll live, at least a while. And dying in your beds, 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 and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take our FREEDOM!!!
3rd Jul '16 2:49:50 AM morenohijazo
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* SpareAMessenger: William Wallace invades the local English garrison, has the English lord killed and burns it to the ground at the start of the Scottish rebellion, but spares the rest of the garrison's soldiers to send word back to England.
--> '''Wallace''': Go back to England and tell them there that Scotland's daughters and her sons are yours no more. Tell them Scotland is free.
20th Jun '16 9:19:28 PM Temmere
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** In the night scene after Malcolm Wallace's funeral we see the silhouette of a man playing bag pipes. Argyle tells William that they are outlawed tunes played on outlawed pipes. However, the bagpipes have only ever been banned twice in Scotland: in 1560 after the Reformation and again in 1746 after the Battle of Culloden. In the late 13th Century the bagpipe was much more popular in England and it certainly wasn't viewed as a Scottish instrument of any importance until much later.

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** In the night scene after Malcolm Wallace's funeral we see the silhouette of a man playing bag pipes.bagpipes. Argyle tells William that they are outlawed tunes played on outlawed pipes. However, the bagpipes have only ever been banned twice in Scotland: in 1560 after the Reformation and again in 1746 after the Battle of Culloden. In the late 13th Century the bagpipe was much more popular in England and it certainly wasn't viewed as a Scottish instrument of any importance until much later.


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** Edward II was not a successful king, but neither was he the prissy little coward the movie portrays him as. In fact his personal courage may have been his most oft-noted virtue; when the Battle of Bannockburn went against the English, his own men had to drag him away to save his life because he wanted to keep fighting. (And that's another thing -- he was at the Battle of Bannockburn.)
12th Jun '16 12:00:30 PM Mdumas43073
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23rd May '16 5:58:21 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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** The battle of Stirling ''Bridge''. The bridge itself played a key role in the battle by bottlenecking the superior English force, so they could not come after the Scots all at once, and it was entirely missing from the movie. The battle in the film is simply called "The Battle of Sterling".

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** The battle of Stirling ''Bridge''. The bridge itself played a key role in the battle by bottlenecking the superior English force, so they could not come after the Scots all at once, and it was entirely missing from the movie. The battle in the film is simply called "The Battle of Sterling".[[note]]When an extra pointed this out, Gibson explained that they had to leave out the bridge because it was too difficult to work around. The extra's priceless response? [[DeadpanSnarker "Aye, that's what the English found."]][[/note]]
23rd May '16 4:42:31 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* KarmaHoudini: Lord Craig manages to escape Wallace's retribution for the betrayal at Falkirk, and even helps sell him out to the English at the end. The only form of comeuppance he gets is Robert Bruce dashing his hopes for another Royal kickback by choosing to fight at Bannockburn.
23rd May '16 4:37:39 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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* WrittenByTheWinners: Robert the Bruce essentially {{Hand Wave}}s the many historical liberties taken in the story with his opening narration:
--> "Historians will say I am a liar, but history is written by those who've hanged heroes."
23rd May '16 4:34:18 PM Miracle@StOlaf
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%%* DirtyCoward: The Scottish noblemen.

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%%* * DirtyCoward: The Scottish noblemen.noblemen who sell out their own countrymen at the Battle of Falkirk in exchange for lands and title. Wallace gives several of them very brutal payback for this.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: The crowd of English townsfolk eagerly howl and cheer at Wallace's impending execution by ''evisceration''. Wallace can receive the mercy of having his throat cut to quickly end his suffering at any time if he will simply confess that Edward I is the rightful king of Scotland, but he refuses. His evisceration slowly continues - to the point that the English crowd's laughter dies in their throats, and they become so horrified at the actual spectacle that the entire crowd starts shouting and begging to give him mercy and end his suffering.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: EveryoneHasStandards: The crowd of English townsfolk eagerly howl and cheer at Wallace's impending execution by ''evisceration''. Wallace can receive the mercy of having his throat cut to quickly end his suffering at any time if he will simply confess that Edward I is the rightful king of Scotland, but he refuses. His evisceration slowly continues - to the point that the English crowd's laughter dies in their throats, and they become so horrified at the actual spectacle that the entire crowd starts shouting and begging to give him mercy and end his suffering.



* EvilCounterpart: While evil may be a bit strong in this case, Prince Edward II essentially serves this role to Robert the Bruce in how both are young men with the (at least apparent) destiny to become king and are held within the grip of a controlling father.

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* EvilCounterpart: While evil may be a bit strong in this case, case (ineffectual is perhaps more appropriate), Prince Edward II essentially serves this role to Robert the Bruce in how both are young men with the (at least apparent) destiny to become king and are held within the grip of a controlling father.
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