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Year
1995
Runtime
178 min.
Director
Mel Gibson
Genres
Drama, War, Biography, History
Rating *
8.3
Votes *
759,123
Checks
84,258
Favs
4,523
Dislikes
650
Favs/checks
5.4% (1:19)
Favs/dislikes
7:1
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  1. lineuphere's avatar

    lineuphere

    I suppose if this is one of your first war films, you'll enjoy it, but after you've taken on even a handful of far superior war films like The Battle of Algiers, Apocalypse Now, or Paths of Glory, this one (with grumpy old Gibson casting himself as a 25 year-old) will just seem silly. 5 years 6 months ago
  2. Duke of Omnium's avatar

    Duke of Omnium

    Nicely shot, decent script (perhaps a bit too infused with 20th century sensibilities, though). The film justifies its epic running length; nothing felt padded. Love affair between Mel and Sophie Marceau was gratuitous and felt tacked on. Cast is fairly bland. Was Gibson ever a good actor? 9 years 8 months ago
  3. IreneAdler's avatar

    IreneAdler

    Well, all in all not such a bad movie.

    Probably the best thing about it is the absolutely wonderful soundtrack - me and my friends used to love listening to it years before I even saw the movie. The landscapes are beautiful as well... though I hear lots of it was shot outside of Scotland.

    All in all, a basically interesting storyline - sadly with some historical inaccuracies. Some minor characters were a bit one-dimensional, but I liked Hamish and Robert the Bruce and also the crazy Irish guy.

    I'm a bit torn when it comes to Mel Gibson's performance here... although I liked the battlesome and slightly crazy attitude (esp. when his face was painted blue) there were other scenes that didn't really appeal to me. Generally OK, though.

    OK entertainment, not bad, not exceptionally good either. And not one I'd necessarily want to watch a second time.
    5 years 5 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #3 in IMDb's History Top 50
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  3. This movie ranks #14 in IMDb's War Top 50
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  4. This movie ranks #23 in IMDb's 1990s Top 50
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  6. This movie ranks #62 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers
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  8. This movie ranks #69 in Academy Award - Best Picture
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  10. This movie ranks #80 in iCheckMovies's Most Checked
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  12. This movie ranks #98 in Academy Award - Best Cinematography
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  13. This movie ranks #128 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  14. This movie ranks #320 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
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  17. This movie ranks #761 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Worldwide Box Office
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  18. This movie ranks #815 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office
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