Movies with a Scottish theme
"Rob Roy" (1995)
I finally watched "Rob Roy" yesterday for the first time. For OUTLANDER fans, I think this is a much better film than "Braveheart". I really enjoyed it. The acting is superb, the costumes and scenery are fascinating to look at, and there are so many things that remind me of Diana Gabaldon's books. In no particular order:
- standing stones
- men in kilts (yes, lots of them!)
- Highland cattle
- sword fights
- maggots (briefly)
- dirks and sgian dubhs
- a tall and handsome Scottish hero (played by Liam Neeson) who has some very Jamie-like views on honor (see below)
- a Gathering (of MacGregors, not Frasers or MacKenzies, but still....)
- love between husband and wife that endures despite hardship and tragedy
- a villain almost as despicable as BJR
And here is a scene from the movie where Rob Roy explains honor to his young sons:
Here is a video I found on YouTube that features a hauntingly beautiful song called "Ailein Duinn", from the movie. It's sung by Karen Matheson of Capercaillie. I don't know what the words mean, but I think the song is lovely. And these photos of Scotland are wonderful.
"Stone of Destiny" (2008)
I heard about the movie "Stone of Destiny" several years ago from Cathy MacGregor on Compuserve. It's not a very well-known movie, and rather hard to find on DVD, but worth watching, in my opinion. This Canadian film tells the story (based on real events) of four Scottish university students in 1950 who plotted to steal the 9th-century Stone of Scone from Westminster Abbey in London and bring it back to Scotland. Read the review here if you're interested.
"Stone of Destiny" is a rather low-key movie with a sweetly innocent feel to it ("What could possibly go wrong?" says one of the conspirators). Not a very long movie, either, only 96 minutes, and it moves pretty quickly. I found the Scottish accents a bit hard to follow at times, but that may just have been because I'm not used to hearing them. The movie was well-acted and I would certainly recommend it to OUTLANDER fans.
You can find it on DVD here or here. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be available on Blockbuster or Netflix, which is a shame.
If any of you know of any other films with a Scottish theme or filmed in the Highlands that are worth watching, please let me know. "Mrs. Brown" is one, although I haven't seen it in years. "Braveheart", of course (although I personally didn't care for that movie). Any other suggestions?