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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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The Man. The Myth. The Celebrity.


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

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£258,360 (UK) (13 March 2009)

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$104,792 (USA) (25 December 2009)
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Charles Bronson was born under the name of Michael Gordon Peterson on the 6th December 1952 in Luton, Bedfordshire. See more »

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(at around 1 min) The security guard in the background is visible on some scenes but does not appear on others. On certain transitions he not there, then a few seconds later he reappears. See more »

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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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References Death Wish (1974) See more »

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Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64: Sonnenaufgang
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An excellent portrayal of Britain's most notorious prisoner.
15 November 2009 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

This is a fantastic depiction of Charles Bronson, born Michael Peterson, Britain's most infamous and notorious prisoner. Director Nicholas Winding Refn invites us into Bronson's imagination, with parts of the film shot from the perspective of him being on stage in front of an adoring audience. The rest of the film is a dramatization of Bronson's life and times in prison.

Bronson was initially incarcerated for seven years for the robbery of a post office where he stole £26.18. However he has spent 34 years in prison and psychiatric wards so far, and is still there, spending 30 of them in solitary confinement. He has been involved in fighting, brawls and hostage taking which led to his increased sentence, and he seems to enjoy it. No lives have been lost.

This is an excellent performance from Tom Hardy –funny, thoroughly engaging and intense. He physically transformed himself for this role and obviously studied Bronson vigorously to accurately portray his mannerisms.

A thoroughly compelling film. A must see!


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