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Bronson (2008)

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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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Brock Norman Brock (screenplay), Nicolas Winding Refn (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hardy ... Charles Bronson / Michael Peterson
Kelly Adams ... Irene
Luing Andrews ... Hysterical Screw
Katy Barker ... Julie
Gordon Brown Gordon Brown ... Screw
Amanda Burton ... Charlie's Mum
Mark Devenport Mark Devenport ... Nurse 1 (as Mark Davenport)
Paul Donnelly Paul Donnelly ... Screw
Andrew Forbes Andrew Forbes ... Charlie's Dad
Jon House Jon House ... Webber
Matt King ... Paul Daniels
James Lance ... Phil
Holly Lucas Holly Lucas ... Young Man
Juliet Oldfield ... Alison
Jonny Phillips ... Prison Governor
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Storyline

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 seven 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. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

UK | Cayman Islands

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Бронсон See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£258,360 (United Kingdom), 15 March 2009, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,940, 9 October 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$104,792, 27 December 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The line "it was absolute madness at its very best" was written by Charles Bronson himself for the film and told to Nicolas Winding Refn during one of their phone calls. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie boards the train the outside colours are brown and cream, although those type of carriages where still in use, they were painted blue and cream as British Rail was fully nationalised and all painted in the same colour scheme, brown and cream was dropped in theb1960s. See more »

Quotes

Charles Bronson: [Desperately trying to escape from an insane asylum, Bronson meets a patient named John White who reveals that he is a child rapist. Disgusted by pedophiles and wanting to go back to prison, he unsuccessfully tries to kill White by strangulation before carried off by guards]
[Scene change, Bronson walks onto a theater stage set in his sub-conscious mind]
Charles Bronson: I would now like to reenact what I call, "When Murder Goes Wrong".
[Bronson as himself, right side facing audience]
Charles Bronson: When do I go back?
Charles Bronson (as nurse): [...]
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Soundtracks

Fat Nat's Pork Belly Roll
Written by Eva Abraham and Andy Waterworth
Performed by The Nat Franklin Trio
Published by Hamworth Music
Courtesy of Hamworth Music © 2008
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Watch it for Hardy
20 November 2011 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

The real-life story of Britain's toughest prisoner, and not a film I would choose to watch – except when it comes to the casting of the lead actor. Tom Hardy, who I've noticed cropping up more and more in recent years, gives a tour-de-force performance as a psychotic inmate and man to whom violence is a way of life. His eerie voice, hulking frame and dead eyes all combine perfectly to make him one of cinema's most memorable villains in recent years, and with most of the scenes consisting of him speaking monologues in solitary cells, the film belongs to him.

Which is good, because the story isn't up to much. It's a loose dramatisation of the life of Michael Peterson, a man who robbed a post office and ended up becoming Charles Bronson, one of the most famous convicts of all time. To be honest, the events aren't all that interesting, and in other hands the continuous brawls with prison officers could become repetitive. Thank Heaven then for the presence of Nicolas Winding Refn (VALHALLA RISING) as director. This is a guy who understands cinema and the beauty of cinema, and he makes the film intensely watchable as a result. BRONSON looks a thing of beauty, even if that beauty is stark, brutal and minimalistic.


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