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Bronson (2008)

R  |   |  Action, Biography, Crime  |  13 March 2009 (UK)
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A young man who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter-ego, Charles Bronson.


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In 1974, a hot-headed 19 year old named Michael Peterson decided he wanted to make a name for himself and so, with a homemade sawn-off shotgun and a head full of dreams he attempted to rob a post office. Swiftly apprehended and originally sentenced to 7 years in jail, Peterson has subsequently been behind bars for 34 years, 30 of which have been spent in solitary confinement. During that time, Michael Petersen, the boy, faded away and 'Charles Bronson,' his superstar alter ego, took center stage. Inside the mind of Bronson - a scathing indictment of celebrity culture. Written by Anonymous

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent and disturbing content, graphic nudity, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 March 2009 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Бронсон  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£258,360 (UK) (13 March 2009)


$104,792 (USA) (25 December 2009)

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Did You Know?


During the New York Comic Con in October 2013, the actor Steven Ogg who plays Trevor Phillips in GTA V, revealed that his inspirations to play the character were Tom Hardy in Bronson (2008) and Matthias Schoenaerts in Bullhead (2011). See more »


When Charlie is dancing with the "loonies", "It's a Sin" by Pet Shop Boys is played out of the stereo. The song was not released until 1987. See more »


Charles Bronson: [opening hostage negotiations] Right! I've got a librarian up here, and he's in a lot of trouble!
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Va penslero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves)
from Verdi's Nabucco
Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Chorus and Orchestra of La Scala, Milan
Conducted by Lovro von Matacic
Licensed courtesy of EMI Records Limited
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10 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I did not know about this movie, but I am so glad I watched it. This is the true story of Michael Patterson, a petty crook, that likes to raise hell while incarcerated. He is arrested for stealing and due to his rambunctious nature, he tends to spend a lot of time alone. Upon his release, he takes up bare fisted boxing at the suggestion of a man he met in jail. He needs a fighting name, so he chose Charles Bronson because it is a name people associate with vengeance. The main actor is amazing!!! He has many monologues and pulls you in with his insanity. The real Bronson is still incarcerated and has written a few books. He is in great physical shape, so he wrote one about how he keeps in shape in prison. He seems a bit split personality and he switched between them with ease. When the movie ended, I wanted more, so I went on line to learn more. This is truly an entertaining movie and I'm glad I was made aware of it.

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