Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA/United Kingdom, 1995. United Artists, Talisman Productions. Screenplay by Alan Sharp. Cinematography by Karl Walter Lindenlaub. Produced by Peter Broughan, Richard Jackson. Music by Carter Burwell. Production Design by Assheton Gorton. Costume Design by Sandy Powell. Film Editing by Peter Honess. Academy Awards 1995. Golden Globe Awards 1995.
1995 was the year of the kilt epic, what with Mel Gibson’s excellent Braveheart and then this fun biopic of the Scottish hero (played by Irish movie star Liam Neeson) who fought the British for his country (trivial note: Brian Cox appeared in both these films). Neeson is excellent in the lead, as is Jessica Lange as his much-maligned wife, but the film belongs to the terrific villainy of Tim Roth in his most charismatic and memorable performance on film to date. It’s not as breathtaking as Gibson’s, nor as epic in scope, but it’s an excellent action film is enjoyable to watch and showcases the beautiful highlands of Scotland, filmed lovingly to great effect by director Michael Caton-Jones.