Films in Wicklow

Braveheart

Director: Mel Gibson Starring: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Sean McGinley, Patrick McGoohan, Brendan Gleeson, Brian Cox, Plot: 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. Info: Mel Gibson was attracted to shoot a large part of Braveheart in Ireland by the promise of the Irish government that he would get the use of the reserve army for the extensive battle scenes, for which he needed fit and well trained fighters. So many horses were needed for the battle scenes, that all horse owners in the Wicklow / Kildare area were invited to take part with their horses as extras. Director/producer Mel Gibson was investigated by the RSPCA, who were convinced that the fake horses used were real. Only when one of his assistants provided some videotaped footage of the location shooting were they convinced otherwise. Locations: One of the main locations used in Ireland was Kippure Holiday Village in the middle of the Wicklow Mountains, on the Sally Gap road from Roundwood to Blessington. For the scene in which the French princess meets with William Wallace, a small cottage was created here. The remnants are still standing. View Braveheart in a larger map

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