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Narrator: "I shall tell you of William Wallace. Historians from England will say I am a liar, but history is written by those who have hanged heroes. The king of Scotland had died without a son, and the king of England, a cruel pagan known as Edward the Longshanks, claimed the throne of Scotland for himself. Scotland's nobles fought him, and fought each other, over the crown. So Longshanks invited them to talks of truce - no weapons, one page only. Among the farmers of that shire was Malcolm Wallace, a commoner with his own lands; he had two sons, John and William."
Longshanks (of his newly instituted Prima Nocte on the Scots): "If we can't get them out... we'll breed them out."
William Wallace (to the Scottish nobles): "There's a difference between us. You think the people of this country exist to provide you with position. I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom. And I go to make sure that they have it."
Stephen - the Irishman (to William Wallace, after killing a would-be assassin): "I didn't like him anyway. He wasn't right in the head."
Scottish Commander "Where is thy salute?" William Wallace: "For presenting yourself on this battlefield, I give you thanks." Scottish Commander: "This is our army. To join it, you give homage." William Wallace: "I give homage to Scotland. And if this is your army, why does it go?" Veteran: "We didn't come here to fight for them!" Young Soldier: "Home! The English are too many!" William Wallace: "Sons of Scotland! I am William Wallace." Young Soldier: "William Wallace is seven feet tall!" William Wallace: "Yes, I've heard. Kills 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." (laughter)
William Wallace: "I AM William Wallace! And I see a whole army of my countrymen, here in defiance of tyranny. You've come to fight as free men... and free men you are. What will you do with that freedom? Will you fight?" Veteran: "Fight? Against that? No! We will run. And we will live." William Wallace: "Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you'll live... at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM! (Scottish army cheers) Alba gu bràth!" ["Scotland forever!"] Army: "ALBA GU BRÀTH! ALBA GU BRÀTH! ALBA GU BRÀTH!"
William Wallace (to the English Commander): "Here are Scotland's terms. Lower your flags, and march straight back to England, stopping at every home you pass by, to beg forgiveness for a hundred years of theft, rape, and murder. Do that, and your men shall live. Do it not, and every one of you will die today."
Stephen - the Irishman (to William Wallace, in battle): "The Lord tells me he can get ME out of this mess, but he's pretty sure -- you're f*cked." (cackles)
English Commander: "The archers are ready, sire." Longshanks: "Not the archers. My scouts tell me their archers are miles away and no threat to us. Arrows cost money. Use up the Irish. The dead cost nothing."
Longshanks: "Archers." English Commander: "I beg pardon, sire. Wouldn't we hit our own troops?" Longshanks (glaring): "...Yes... But we'll hit theirs, as well... We have reserves. Attack!"
William Wallace (awaiting torture and execution): "If I swear to him, (Longshanks), then all that I am, is dead already." Princess Isabelle (weeping): "You will die. It will be awful." William Wallace: "Every man dies... Not every man really lives."
Royal Magistrate (to William Wallace, being disemboweled): "It can all end, right now... Peace... lives... Just say it... cry out... Mercy... Cry out... Just say it... Mercy... (addressing the crowd) The prisoner wishes to say a word..." William Wallace: "...FREEEEDOOOOOOMMM!!!!"
William Wallace (voiceover): "In the Year of our Lord 1314, patriots of Scotland -- starving and outnumbered -- charged the fields of Bannockburn. They fought like warrior poets; they fought like Scotsmen... and won their freedom."