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"BraveHeart": Fighting for Freedom

The film Braveheart tells the story of William Wallace (Mel Gibson), a common man who led Scotland to freedom from English rule. With a great sense of destiny, Wallace commands a ragtag band of farmers and villagers to defeat their oppressors, forcing them back to England.

The turning point for Scotland comes at the battle of Sterling. The Scots are vastly outnumbered and begin to flee before the battle even begins. Wallace rides onto the scene and reminds the Scots who they are and what is truly important. "I am William Wallace. I see a whole army of my countrymen here in defiance of tyranny. You've come to fight as free men, and free men you are. What will you do without freedom? Will you fight?"

One soldier answers, "Against that? No, we will run, and we will live."

Wallace replies:

Yes, fight and you may die. Run and you'll live…at least for 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 can take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom?

The Scots rally and follow Wallace into battle, winning the first major victory of the war and turning the tide against the English.

WARNING: there is a vulgarity immediately preceding this scene.

Content: Rated R for violence.

Elapsed Time: 01:17:12–01:18:33 (DVD Scene 10)

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