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TIL Braveheart has been described as one of the most historically inaccurate modern films. One historian took particular exception to the costumes and compared it to, “a film about Colonial America showing the colonial men wearing 20th century business suits, but with the jackets worn back-to-front”

TIL Braveheart has been described as one of the most historically inaccurate modern films. One historian took particular exception to the costumes and compared it to, “a film about Colonial America showing the colonial men wearing 20th century business suits, but with the jackets worn back-to-front”

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  1. ishyaboydima

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    My personal favorite part of that Wiki section:

    Irish historian Seán Duffy remarked “the battle of Stirling Bridge could have done with a bridge.”

  2. TooMad

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    When asked by a local why the Battle of Stirling Bridge was filmed on an open plain, Gibson answered that “the bridge got in the way”. “Aye,” the local answered. “That’s what the English found.

  3. MeanSolean

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    > In the humorous non-fictional historiography An Utterly Impartial History of Britain (2007), author John O’Farrell notes that Braveheart could not have been more historically inaccurate, even if a “Plasticine dog” had been inserted in the film and the title changed to William Wallace and Gromit.

    Hah. That’d be good one.

  4. 10_Eyes_8_Truths

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    While on the other hand Mad Max is probably the most historically accurate film on how Australia became a federation.

  5. tsavorite4

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    “We’ll make spears. Hundreds of them, twice as long as a man”

    “Some men are longer than others”

    “Your mother been telling stories about me again?”

    Cracks me up every time

  6. rainman369

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    I’m pretty sure William Wallace killed men by the hundreds. And if he were here, he’d consume the English with fireballs from his eyes, and bolts of lightning from his arse.

  7. screechingtires

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Reading through the wiki, I’m actually surprised at the liberties they took. Basically aside from Wallace’s wife being murdered, the victory at Stirling Bridge, defeat at Falkirk, and Wallace’s execution, every other detail of the film is made up.

  8. centuryofprogress

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Are we talking about Braveheart or The Patriot?

  9. AudibleNod

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    This happens all the time in historical adaptations. Are you gonna tell me the nascent rebellion rested its fate on some hick pilot’s aiming abillity? Of course not. But you have to consolidate characters, compress timelines and ignore the fact that the rebellion was largely funded by a illicit Ewok jerky monolopy in the Outer Rim.

    EDIT: Adventure. Excitement. Reddit Gold. A Jedi craves not these things.

  10. Aritum

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    That soundtrack is fire though.

  11. TheManInEigengrau

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Aye, they may take the film’s luster. But they’ll never take it’s FREEEEEEEEEDDDDOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMM!!!!

  12. VicePresidentFruitly

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    The first thing said in the movie is wrong. Seriously. The first fucking thing they say is bullshit. The narrator tells us that England is ruled by “a cruel pagan”. Longshanks, as well as most English kings, was considered the god damn paragon of Christianity and about as far removed from paganism as anyone on the planet. But of course, it’s a Mel Gibson movie. Can’t have the villain being a Christian now can he?

  13. aarswft

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    I heard it only took 3 weeks to film the movie.

  14. G8kpr

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    On ththe flip side, my friend who studied ancient roman and Greek societies went into “Gladiator” ready to tear it apart and laugh at how Hollywood can’t eat anything right. He came out of it surprised at how accurate it was. He nitpicked a few minor things, but nothing of any great importance.

  15. ragraff

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Every film makes up stuff, but not every film really entertains.

  16. indiana_jones_hat

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Wait a second.. Wallace was an actual guy? I’ve gone 20 years thinking that this was a completely fictional movie.

    Edit: Looks like it basically was a completely fictional movie, so I’m good.

  17. BongDie

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    But did you enjoy the film?

  18. Unfiltered_Soul

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    So which modern film is historically most accurate?

  19. sandersfangirl

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    History Buffs did a great piece on Braveheart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojBwASARAzo

  20. Valaquen

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    There’s one moment in the film where the Scots are leaving the battlefield, unconvinced by Wallace’s rallying. As they’re leaving, one of the Scots extras shouts out, in a really colloquial and cheery tone, “A’right, Billy, em awa hame!” (“Alright, Billy, I’m away home!)

    I don’t know if it was meant to stay in the film; maybe the sound editor didn’t know what the guy was saying, but I crack up every time I hear it. It sounds like a lot of people I know.

  21. Harambes_nutsack

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    It’s true. It’s not accurate. But is it badass?

    Fuck yeah.

  22. mayor_of_canada

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Braveheart should be watched and enjoyed as a fantasy film. That’s what it was made as.

  23. thebabbster

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Whoa whoa whoa… wait a minute here. Next thing you’re going to tell me is that Blazing Saddles is historically inaccurate, too!

  24. jontheboss

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    “Historians from England will say that I am a liar. But history is written by those who have hanged heroes.”

    That quote at the very beginning of the movie is a bit of a disclaimer that they’re going to take a lot of artistic liberties. I watched Mel Gibson’s commentary on Braveheart, and he acknowledged a lot of what they changed up and why… One of his excuses was that most of the information we have about William Wallace today is based on a poem by Blind Harry. Blind Harry was born almost 100 years later and was known to embellish his accounts of history for the sake of poetry. So in a way, Mel Gibson was just being Blind Harry 2.0… And Braveheart really is a masterpiece.

  25. rottinguy

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Still a great movie though.

  26. DylanVincent

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    None the less, it’s a fucking great movie.

  27. Paris1968

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Great movie, but it’s – yeah. It’s not historically accurate.

    You’ll still never get me to say it doesn’t deserve Best Picture – it absolutely does. Just doesn’t deserve Best History Lesson.

  28. humdingeries

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Not to mention the van. That wasn’t 100% accurate

  29. Anonymous

    July 18, 2017 at 3:47 pm

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