With Pixar's latest movie "Brave," we get to travel again to Scotland, where people are honorable in their quests and fierce in their desires. Granted, we're talking about an animated movie here, but movies of any form taking place in this country are filled with characters like that.
Furthermore, the images filmmakers end up capturing of this country are always extraordinary to look at. It will be interesting to see how the look of "Brave" ends up comparing to the movies below in which Scotland plays a key role.
This movie takes place in the highlands of Scotland during the 18th century. It was the first big-budgeted movie about a Scottish subject that was actually filmed in the country.
Liam Neeson plays Robert Roy MacGregor, whose honor is betrayed by the evil Archibald Cunningham (Tim Roth), who steals money being loaned to him and coldly abuses his wife Mary (Jessica Lange). The climactic sword fight between Neeson and Roth remains one of the very best in a movie.
Mel Gibson's Best Picture-winner tells the story of William Wallace, who in the 13th century led his fellow Scotsmen into battle against the oppressive English.
The battle scenes were among some of the most brutal and exhilarating ever captured on celluloid, and Gibson (who directs as well as stars) gives these scenes a look and feel that captures the fiery passion of a people eager for their independence. It turns out the combat sequences in "Braveheart" were actually shot in Ireland instead of Scotland, but it doesn't take away from the authenticity of the story.
Russell Mulcahy's cult film follows the character of Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) from his days as a clansman in the Scottish Highlands of the 16th century, where he discovers he is an immortal warrior, to 20th century New York, where he must fight a final battle against Kurgan (Clancy Brown).
A good portion of this movie was filmed in Scotland, and the last scene captures the Highlands so beautifully that it makes you want to visit the country right now.
To many this is the best Scottish film of all time. Danny Boyle gives us an unforgettable movie filled with such raw power as we watch a bunch of young heroin addicts run around the country during the economically depressed 1980s.
The opening scene, which was shot in Edinburgh, brilliantly sets the tone for the movie as Ewan McGregor and Ewen Bremmer run from the police to the tune of Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life."
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