Theatrical Release: May 24, 1995
DVD Release: December 18, 2007


William Wallace is a Scottish rebel who leads an uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks, who wishes to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself. When he was a young boy, William Wallace’s father and brother, along with many others, lost their lives trying to free Scotland. Once he loses another of his loved ones, William Wallace begins his long quest to make Scotland free once and for all, along with the assistance of Robert the Bruce.

Dove Review

William Wallace lives again in this film by Mel Gibson! Gibson does a terrific job in playing the legendary hero, a man who has a reason to fight. The king of England, known as “Longshanks”, is responsible for the deaths of those close to him. In a frightening scene in the beginning of the film, William walks into a barn to see the Scots which the king had hanged.

Wallace’s passion fuels an army of fellow Scots, and they begin to win unlikely battles. Soon the king fears at just how close to home they are striking. Unfortunately, the violence is very strong and realistic in this film, as you will feel you are on the battlefield and seeing blood pour, severed limbs, and the ugly realism of weapons including swords and spears. Also, there is a sexual relationship between an unmarried couple and rear male nudity as the soldiers “moon” the enemy. There is a scene of topless female nudity too. There are moments of prayer and Wallace’s death seems to be symbolic of the death of Christ, dying for the freedom of men. However, due to the content issues, Dove is unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this picture.

Content Description

Sex: Married couple have sex; an unmarried couple have implied sex; English noble has sex with Scottish woman on the night of her wedding according to the law of prima nocte.
Language: J-2; Ch*ist-1; G-3; F-2; B-10; A-4; S-2; D-2; H-1
Violence: A lot of bloody violence; several stabbings; at least three throat slittings which are graphic with blood; limbs cut off from bodies; a decapitation; soldiers speared; a soldier is thrown on spikes and a spike comes up through his body; horses are bloodied and wounded; men set on fire; a graphic hanging scene when film opens; blood pouring from men's mouths and heads.
Drugs: Drinking and a prisoner is given a drug to dull the pain he will suffer but he spits it out.
Nudity: Upper female nudity; rear male nudity as an army "moons" their enemy; shirtless men.
Other: The themes of betrayal and death are prominent in the film; comments about the king's homosexual son.


Company: Paramount
Director: Mel Gibson
Producer: Bruce Davey
Genre: Action
Runtime: 178 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter