Braveheart Script

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Braveheart (1995) movie script
By Randall Wallace, final draft.

magistrate

It can all end. Right now! Bliss. Peace. Just say it. Cry out. “Mercy!” yes? ...Yes?

The crowd can’t hear the magistrate but they know the procedure, and they goad Wallace, chanting...

crowd

Mer-cy! Mer-cy! Mer-cy!

Wallace’s eyes roll to the magistrate, who signals QUIET!

Magistrate

(booming)

The prisoner wishes to say a word!

SILENCE. Hamish and Stephen weep, whisper, pray...

Hamish, and Stephen

Mercy, William... Say Mercy...

Wallace’s eyes flutter, and clear. He fights through the pain, struggles for one last deep breath, and screams...

wallace

FREEEEE-DOMMMMMM!

The shout RINGS through the town. Hamish hears it. The Princess hears it, at her open window, and touches her tummy, just showing the first signs of her pregnancy. Longshanks and his son seem to hear; the cry STILL ECHOES as if the wind could carry it through the ends of Scotland; and Robert the Bruce, on the walls of his castle, looks up sharply, as if he has heard...

IN THE LONDON SQUARE

the crowd has never seen courage like this; even English
strangers begin to weep. The angry, defeated magistrate gives a signal. They cut the ropes, drag Wallace over and put his head on the block. The executioner lifts his huge axe--and Wallace looks toward the crowd.

THE CROWD, WALLACE’S POV

He sees Hamish, eyes brimming, face glowing...

SLOW MOTION - THE AXE

begins to drop.

WALLACE’S POV

In the last half-moment of his life, when he has already stepped into the world beyond this one, he glimpses someone standing at Hamish’s shoulder. She is beautiful, smiling, serene.

She is Marion.

CUT TO BLACK
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