William Wallace, a commoner, unites the 13th Century Scots in their battle to overthrow English rule.
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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.
- Mel Gibson as William Wallace, the film's tragic hero.
- James Robinson as young William Wallace.
- Patrick McGoohan as King Edward I of England, the primary antagonist.
- Angus Macfadyen as Robert, 17th Earl of Bruce, son of the elder Bruce and claimant to the throne of Scotland, he is inspired by Wallace's dedication and bravery.
- Brendan Gleeson as Hamish Campbell. Wallace's childhood friend and captain in Wallace's army, he is often short-sighted and thinks with his fists.
- Sophie Marceau as Princess Isabelle of France, who sympathizes with the Scottish and admires Wallace.
- Peter Hanly as Prince Edward, Prince of Wales.
- Ian Bannen as the elder Robert the Bruce.
- James Cosmo as Campbell the Elder.
- Catherine McCormack as Murron MacClannough, the murdered wife of Wallace.
- David O'Hara as Stephen.
- Brian Cox as Argyle Wallace.