"Every man dies. Not every man really lives." (William Wallace, Braveheart)
More than 20 years ago, Braveheart captured the hearts of moviegoers around the world. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning five. Now, for the first time, author and screenwriter Randall Wallace shares the journey that led him to the famous Scottish warrior and how telling the story of William Wallace changed the direction of his life and career - from that surprising first moment in Edinburgh, Scotland, to selling the script to a major Hollywood studio.
Part autobiography, part master class, Living the Braveheart Life invites us to explore five major archetypes in Braveheart that resonate not only in Randall's life but in the modern-day lives of both men and women: the father, teacher, warrior, sage, and outlaw. Join blockbuster film director Randall Wallace on the journey of his creative and personal life. Discover why thousands of moviegoers continue to say Braveheart is their all-time favorite film and how its creator and architect came to believe that he must write as if his life depended on it.
Living the Braveheart Life is a challenge to all of us to engage in the greatest battle of all - the one inside the human heart.
During his prolific Hollywood career, Randall Wallace has amassed an enviable body of work. Films such as The Man in the Iron Mask, We Were Soldiers, and Secretariat have become box office standards. Yet no film defines his life and career more than Braveheart, written from a well of deep personal passion, steeped in years of reflection.
With roots in small-town Tennessee, Randall's hunger for adventure and unlimited horizons leads him to Duke University. There he sits under the tutelage of Thomas A. Langford, whose infectious love and learning and faith light up a classroom and a young man's vision of life's possibilities.
"I don't think I've ever read anything like it...a prescription for what ails the contemporary soul." (Steven Pressfield, screenwriter and author of The War of ArtFront Flap)
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I really enjoyed the end section where the author talked about how much living the Braveheart life involves being a disciple of Christ. I've always felt like Braveheart made me a better Christain and so that was a nice connection. What I disliked was that the book focused way, way more on Mr. Wallaces life and the Breaveheart tie-ins seemed forced. I think I'm not alone when I strongly believe that Braveheart is a life changing film. I hoped this book would outline a process to better apply that life changing power that has been a great strength in my life. Instead I found a moral code that Wallace follows based on the experiences he has had. I respect Wallace deeply and think he is a great man, but this book came across as self promoting and it seemed like an effort to make another buck off the success of Braveheart. I don't believe that was the intention because of the sincerity I felt at the end of the book but the complaint that everyone attributes the words from Braveheart to William instead of Randall seemed full of bitterness.
Maybe. He's written some incredible movies and the writing in this book was very good. I was just disappointed with the content.
NA - But definitely go see Braveheart. Best film ever.
I came away from this book believing even more strongly that Braveheart was an inspired work. While Wallace obviously had to be prepared for that inspiration, his personal moral code is not the moral code I found in the film Braveheart.
- Adam Black