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MPAA Rated R for brutal medieval warfare

Sex & Nudity

  • The evil English King issues a law that every Scot must give up their newly-wed wife to be used sexually by an English officer on her nuptial night. Thankfully, none of this is shown, but the implications and discussion thereof may be intense for some viewers.
  • William Wallace and his wife embrace while naked beside a lake the night after their wedding. The outline of her bare breasts are shown from the side and from the front as she slowly turns. The scene lasts for several seconds and the lighting is dark but can be clearly seen.
  • A man and woman kiss passionately in each other's arms, and then lie upon a bed. They are implied to be nude but are only shown from the shoulders on up. Later, the woman becomes pregnant with the man's child.
  • Scottish soldiers lift up their kilts to taunt the English army before a battle. We see frontal nudity, which includes penis, pubic hair and testicle from a distance and bare buttocks.
  • There is a mild reference to male erections in a scene in which William and his friends jokingly talk about making spears "as big as a man" to which one replies, "Some men are longer than others." The man's father then laughingly says, "Aye, your mother's been telling you stories about me, eh?"
  • A woman says her lover talked a lot in bed, and that "Englishmen don't know what a tongue is for."

Violence & Gore

  • A large group of men, and some women and even children, are seen hanging inside a thatch house. This is especially terrifying for a young boy character to see.
  • William cuts off a man's head and sends it to the king. The king reaches inside the box and pulls out the head, freezing in cold shock as he does so.
  • William screams at a charging general on horseback. He then strikes the general's horse in the face with his sword, cutting it down from under him. He then beheads the general in full view onscreen.
  • A couple of violent battle sequences. There is slashing and stabbing throughout and the blunt ends of weapons are often used. Multiple men are hit on the head/face (shots cut). Sometimes heads and limbs are very quickly chopped off with little blood. In a few scenes, men are shot with arrows and horses and riders are thrown and killed. A man has his face impaled by another man's knife. Several other people have their heads smashed with mallets. A man is thrown from a terrace and falls upon a large wooden spike which impales his torso.
  • Survivors are seen searching among the dead for their loved ones on the field after a battle
  • A brief fist fight and struggle breaks out between English soldiers and Scots villagers; a knife is held to a man's throat. A man is crushed by a ball and chain off-screen.
  • An attempted rape is thwarted by biting and hitting (with a rock).
  • A woman on horseback is struck in the face with a long stick, knocking her semi-unconscious
  • A soldier slits a woman's throat with a knife. (The shot is from the back but the sound of her windpipe gurgling is heard.) Later, the soldier is punished by having his throat slit in the same manner. The entire act is shown this time, with the bloody gaping wound shown as the man wheezes for breath before dying.
  • A severed head is pulled out of a box in close-up briefly.
  • A man's face is briefly seen smashed by a ball and chain.
  • A man is tortured and killed by stretching, racking, gutting, and beheading. (off-screen for the most part, and more emotional than violent)
  • A young man is hurled from a window, falling to his death.
  • Wallace traps a group of English soldiers in a hut which he then burns. They are shown writhing and screaming in oil before fire is applied to the hut.


  • 2 uses use of 'fuck'.
  • 2 uses of 'bitch' by the rapist.
  • About 3 or 4 shits and 5-7 bastards.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • People are shown drinking.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Braveheart is an emotional intense film. It may be hard for some to watch due to the violence. The movie is never scary but holds an intense atmosphere. The near-rape could be quite disturbing for some viewers.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Sex & Nudity

  • A man tries to rape a woman. He lays on top of her and kisses and licks her. She tries to escape and bites him. He calls her a "bitch" and slaps her. Might be disturbing to some.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A woman offers man a drink to drug him so that he won't feel pain while being tortured.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Despite Wallace's disembowelment being completely off-screen, it is by far the most difficult scene to watch and may be too intense for younger viewers to handle.

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