William Wallace played by Mel Gibson in the movie "Braveheart" (1995) said: “Every man dies, not every man really lives”. Wallace was reputed to have been born in Elderslie in the 1270s; he was a freedom fighter for Scotland and Ireland against England, near the end of the 13th century.

In the film "Braveheart", Wallace (Gibson) is the medieval Scottish patriot who is spurred into revolt against the English when the love of his life is slaughtered. Leading his army into battles that become a war, his advance into England threatens King Edward I's throne. Ultimately Wallace is captured and executed, but not before becoming a symbol for a free Scotland.

"Braveheart" is an epic war film which was directed and co-produced by Mel Gibson. Other producers were Alan Ladd Jr. and Bruce Davey. The film is fictionally based on the life of Wallace leading the Scots in the 1st War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England. "Braveheart" was adapted for the screen by Randall Wallace. It was inspired by Blind Harry's epic poem 'The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre and Vallyeant Campioun Schir William Wallace'. Besides starring Mel Gibson, the film also stars Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan and Catherine McCormack.

"Braveheart" received ten Academy Award nominations; it won five including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Effects Editing, and Best Makeup. It became the 9th film to win Best Picture with no acting nominations.

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