Braveheart on tv tonight.  Animal rights activists against Mel Gibson, the anachronistic kilt and Sean Connery’s rejection: the 15 secrets

Braveheart on tv tonight. Animal rights activists against Mel Gibson, the anachronistic kilt and Sean Connery’s rejection: the 15 secrets

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Braveheart on tv tonight.  Animal rights activists against Mel Gibson, the anachronistic kilt and Sean Connery’s rejection: the 15 secrets

“Braveheart”, directed by and starring Mel Gibson, will be broadcast tonight (at 8.30 pm Rai3). The film set in the 12th century and tells the story of the Scottish patriot William Wallace who leads his people against the English occupation army of King Edward I Plantagenet (Patrick McGoohan). At first, Wallace reluctant to fight but when the oppressors kill Murron (Catherine McCormack), the childhood friend William secretly married, he decides to dedicate his life to Scottish independence and the struggle for freedom. At the head of an army of compatriots, he repeatedly defeats the enemy forces and manages to bring the French princess Isabella (Sophie Marceau) to his side, wife of the heir to the British throne with whom he also has a romantic relationship. In the end, due to the betrayal of the Scottish nobles, he will not allow Wallace to complete his mission. Although full of historical inaccuracies and some rhetorical passages, “Braveheart” is a film full of pathos, with powerful and wonderful scenes (apart from some shooting in the Scottish Highlands, almost all of the film was shot in Ireland). Unforgettable is the speech that Wallace gives on horseback before the battle of Stirling in which he manages to spur his troops and persuade them not to abandon the field. The film was a great success at the box office: it cost 72 million dollars, grossed 213. At the 1996 Oscars it got 10 nominations and won 5 Oscars: Best Film, Best Director, Best Photography, Best Makeup, Best Sound Editing. Waiting for airing, here are 15 things you may not know.

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