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Bronson (2008)

  • Rate: 6.9/10 total 20,477 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Biography | Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 13 March 2009 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 92 min
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Bronson (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Bronson (2008)
  • Rate: 6.9/10 total 20,477 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Biography | Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 13 March 2009 (Ireland)
  • Runtime: 92 min
  • Filming Location: Great Central Railway, Leicestershire, England, UK
  • Gross: $104,792(USA)(27 December 2009)
  • Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
  • Stars: Tom Hardy, Kelly Adams and Luing Andrews
  • Soundtrack: The Electrician
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Post Office | Alter Ego | Solitary Confinement | Jail | Celebrity

Writing Credits By:

  • Brock Norman Brock (screenplay) and
  • Nicolas Winding Refn (screenplay)

Known Trivia

  • The British Prison Officers’ Association complained when the film’s London premiere was prefaced with a recording by Charles Bronson himself, recorded at HMP Wakefield, where he stated: “I’m proud of this film, because if I drop dead tonight, then I live on. I make no bones about it, I really was… a horrible, violent, nasty man. I’m not proud of it, but I’m not ashamed of it either… See you at the Oscars.” It is illegal in the UK to make unauthorized recordings of prison inmates. This recording appears on some DVD-editions.
  • Jason Statham was originally asked to play Charles Bronson but scheduling conflicts avoided him from appearing in this film.
  • Tom Hardy put on 3 stone (42 lb) to play Charlie Bronson, doing 2500 press-ups a day for five weeks.
  • Bronson was born under the name of Michael Gordon Peterson on the 6th December, 1952, in Aberystwyth, Wales.
  • 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.
  • Nicolas Winding Refn was not allowed to meet Charles Bronson in person since he is not from Britain, but was allowed to have two phone calls with him. Tom Hardy met with Bronson several times and the two became good friends. Bronson was impressed with how Hardy managed to get just as muscular as he was and how well he could mimic his own personality and voice. Bronson has stated he believes Hardy was the only person who could play him.
  • Charles Bronson was not allowed to see the film, but said that if his mom liked it, that would be enough for him. His mother loved it.

Goofs: Factual errors: At (11:00) The tutor asks Charles "What's the matter, Charlie?" But in this stage of the story Charles Bronson still had his original name Michael Peterson. He had not yet changed his name to Charles Bronson.

Plot: A young man who was sentenced to 7 years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending 30 years in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter ego, Charles Bronson. Full summary » |  »

Story: 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  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Suzanne Alizart known as executive producer
  • Jessica Cooke known as co-producer
  • Sean Faughnan known as co-producer
  • Simon Fawcett known as executive producer
  • Danny Hansford known as producer
  • Jane Hooks known as co-producer
  • Nick Love known as executive producer
  • Paul Martin known as executive producer
  • Rob Morgan known as executive producer
  • Allan Niblo known as executive producer
  • Kate Ogborn known as executive producer
  • Rupert Preston known as producer
  • James Richardson known as executive producer
  • Thor Sigurjonsson known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Tom Hardy known as Charles Bronson / Michael Peterson
  • Kelly Adams known as Irene
  • Luing Andrews known as Hysterical Screw
  • Katy Barker known as Julie
  • Gordon Brown known as Screw
  • Amanda Burton known as Charlie's Mum
  • Mark Devenport known as Nurse 1
  • Paul Donnelly known as Screw
  • Andrew Forbes known as Charlie's Dad
  • Jon House known as Webber
  • Matt King known as Paul Daniels
  • James Lance known as Phil
  • Holly Lucas known as Young Man
  • Juliet Oldfield known as Alison
  • Jonny Phillips known as Prison Governor
  • Mark Powley known as Andy Love / Friendly Screw
  • Hugh Ross known as Uncle Jack
  • Andrew St. John known as Workshop Supervisor
  • Joe Tucker known as John White
  • Tracy Wiles known as Jewellery Shop Assistant 1
  • Mark Fish known as Fish and Chips Shop Manager
  • Kalron Scott Busuttil known as Baby Charlie
  • Raphael Cilla known as Baby Michael
  • Sam Cullingworth known as Prison Officer
  • Adryan Puicella known as Prison Officer
  • D. Keye known as Prison Officer
  • Peter D. Brammer known as Prison Officer
  • Lee Alvey known as Prison Officer
  • James McIntyne known as Prison Officer
  • Sebastian Rodgers known as Prison Officer
  • Rob Frost known as Prison Officer
  • Wez Smith known as Prison Officer
  • J.H. Bond known as Prison Officer
  • Simon Field known as Prison Officer
  • Peter Barry known as Prison Officer
  • Alexander Jablonskas known as Prison Officr
  • Roger Camden known as Prison Officer (as Roger L. Camden)
  • David Clayton known as Prison Officer
  • Jason Whiteby known as Prison Officer
  • Bob Brookes known as Prison Officer
  • Anthony Oddy known as Prison Officer
  • J. Keye known as Prison Officer
  • Nick Stock known as Prison Officer / Screw
  • Alan Hefferon known as Prison Officer
  • David Jackson known as Prison Officer
  • June Bladon known as Prison Officer
  • Ian Kitch known as Prison Officer
  • David Nixon known as Prison Officer
  • Michael Gregory known as Prison Officer / Screw
  • Matthew Meakin known as Prison Officer / Screw
  • Matthew Bennett known as Prison Officer / Screw
  • Dean Daly known as Prison Officer / Screw
  • Alain Greaves known as Prison Officer / Screw
  • Bob Gale known as Prison Officer / Screw
  • M. Shirra known as Prison Officer / Screw
  • Lee Birkett known as Prison Officer / Screw
  • Les Fitzakly known as Screw
  • Steven Smith known as Screw
  • Matt Mathew known as Screw
  • Christopher Smith known as Screw
  • Malcolm Scotten known as Screw
  • Phillip Sharpe known as Screw
  • R. Hools known as Screw
  • Martin Kay known as Screw
  • Adam Bacon known as Screw
  • Mark Shiran known as Screw
  • Ian Kitchenham known as Screw
  • Gary White known as Prisoner / Gangster
  • Jimmy Ball known as Prisoner
  • Barry Lee known as Prisoner
  • Michael Nurse known as Prisoner
  • Kevin Rutter known as Old Con
  • G.R.L. Horobin known as Old Con
  • E.T. Harry known as Homo Con
  • Chris Thompson known as Con
  • Matt Legg known as Con
  • Lee Jables known as Con
  • Shane Barker known as Con
  • Zah Siddall known as Con
  • Brendan McCoy known as Con
  • Dean Spicksley known as Con
  • John Jennick known as Con
  • Rick Wake known as Con
  • Tonylee Brown known as Con
  • Andy Moffatt known as Con
  • Iain Hines known as Shower Con
  • Adam Karimjee known as Shower Con
  • Davey Smith known as Shower Con
  • Darren Pegg known as Shower Con
  • Philip Catham known as Shower Con
  • A. Hendons known as Shower Con
  • J. Gains known as Shower Con
  • Joe Corr known as Shower Con
  • Paul Baguley known as Shower Con
  • M. Connolly known as Shower Con
  • Graham Bishop known as Shower Con
  • R.F. Florence known as Gangster
  • Lindsay Frayne known as Gangster
  • Leighton Frayne known as Gangster
  • Kas Syed known as Gangster
  • Mark Stocks known as Gangster
  • Jonathan Morrish known as Gangster (as John Morrish)
  • Tony Nixon known as Gangster
  • Wayne Robinson known as Gangster
  • Matthew Whitaker known as Gangster
  • Garry Green known as Gangster
  • Mick Coult known as Psychiatric Nurse
  • Jeff Scott Smith known as Nurse
  • Darren Edge known as Nurse
  • David Pleasance known as Nurse
  • Daz Lelah known as Nurse
  • A. Gough-Martin known as Nurse
  • Michael Whitehead known as Nurse
  • Paul Carty known as Nurse
  • Chris Hill known as Nurse
  • Ben Dean known as Nurse
  • Gerry Brown known as Loon / Patient
  • Paul Igoe known as Loon / Patient / Additional Background Artist
  • Ian Pickering known as Loon / Patient
  • David Benton known as Loon / Patient
  • Yvonne Varnier known as Loon / Patient
  • Frank Campbell known as Loon / Patient
  • Jack Gavin known as Loon / Patient
  • Martin Ramsay known as Loon / Patient
  • Terry Fielder known as Loon / Patient
  • Dan Knower known as Loon / Patient
  • Richard Jones known as Loon / Patient
  • M. Risdon known as Loon / Patient
  • Darren Turner known as Loon / Patient
  • Simon Ray known as Loon / Patient
  • June Bredon known as Topless Dancer
  • Amy Fisher known as Topless Dancer
  • Zoey Sheppard known as Topless Dancer
  • Portia known as Topless Dancer
  • Daniel Wilson known as Barman
  • Laura Cucu known as Barman
  • Philip Hackley known as Train Customer
  • Martin Berry known as Train Customer
  • Carol Bunting known as Train Customer
  • Denise Felt known as Train Customer
  • Kimi Gill known as Party Guest
  • J. Blake known as Party Guest
  • Angela Allen known as Party Guest
  • Jane McLennan known as Party Guest / Uncle Jack's Party Guest
  • Cath Bedson known as Party Guest
  • Jill Bowring known as Party Guest
  • Rob Drake known as Party Guest
  • Mark Bower known as Party Guest
  • Raphael known as Party Guest
  • R.E. Leonard known as Headmaster
  • Neil Broome known as Headmaster
  • Shaun Darker known as Policeman
  • Nick Baglaly known as Policeman
  • Colin Thompson known as Policeman
  • Danny Hansford known as Boxing Crowd Member
  • Colin Shakh known as Boxing Crowd Member
  • Mandy Kay known as Boxing Crowd Member
  • Chris Ainsworth known as Boxing Crowd Member
  • Julian Plumb known as Boxing Crowd Member
  • Duncan Barber known as Boxing Crowd Member
  • Tim Ewin known as Boxing Crowd Member (as Tim Ewins)
  • Alex Beumer known as Boxing Crowd Member
  • David Steggles known as Boxing Crowd Member
  • D.L. Hartill known as Boxing Crowd Member
  • Shelia Scott-Smith known as Boxing Crowd Member
  • Jan Deebawk known as Boxing Crowd Member
  • Sofia Smith known as Boxing Crowd Member
  • Mohammed Iftkhar known as Boxing Crowd Member / Theatre Crowd Member
  • Terry Silk known as Boxing Crowd Member / Theatre Crowd Member
  • Richard Hilton known as Boxing Crowd Member / Theatre Crowd Member
  • Shane Cooke known as Boxing Crowd Member / Theatre Crowd Member
  • Gail Cooke known as Boxing Crowd Member / Theatre Crowd Member
  • Nick Spencer known as Boxing Crowd Member / Theatre Crowd Member
  • Lee Griffiths known as Boxing Crowd Member / Theatre Crowd Member
  • Paul Corbitt known as Boxing Crowd Member / Theatre Crowd Member
  • Darryl Spencer known as Inflatable Crowd Member
  • Spencer Lammy known as Inflatable Crowd Member
  • Nick Golden known as Inflatable Crowd Member
  • Neil Gregory known as Inflatable Crowd Member
  • Victoria Barker known as Crowd Member
  • Esther Jeanes known as Crowd Member
  • Abigail Webster known as Crowd Member
  • Loraine Salvage known as Crowd Member
  • Jason Chambers known as Crowd Member
  • Ifty known as Crowd Member
  • Andy Loot known as Passer-By
  • Simon Broadhurst known as Passer-By
  • Darren Godfrey known as Bronson Family Member
  • Andrew Mowbray known as Drag Queen
  • Eoin Mount known as Drag Queen
  • Peter Edwards known as Traveller
  • Brender Jackson known as Traveller
  • Ade Andrew known as Traveller
  • Leah Hinton-Fishlock known as Uncle Jack's Party Guest
  • Sonnia Wheatley known as Uncle Jack's Party Guest
  • Helen Grayson known as Uncle Jack's Party Guest (as China Black)
  • Phillip Powel known as Uncle Jack's Party Guest
  • Kate Hesketh known as Uncle Jack's Party Guest
  • Andy Walton known as Additional Background Artist
  • Scott Clarke known as Additional Background Artist
  • Gwyn Jones known as Additional Background Artist
  • Daniel Knowles known as Additional Background Artist
  • P. Lee known as Additional Background Artist
  • Dan Leigh known as Additional Background Artist
  • Tony Gough-Martin known as Additional Background Artist
  • Stuart J. Dall known as Additional Background Artist
  • P. Burke known as Additional Background Artist
  • Charlie Whyman known as Additional Background Artist
  • Allan Price known as Additional Background Artist
  • G. Rooke known as Additional Background Artist
  • Emma Camm known as Additional Background Artist
  • Lucy Ball known as Additional Background Artist
  • Denise Davenport known as Additional Background Artist
  • Emma Streeter known as Additional Background Artist
  • Rachel Starer known as Additional Background Artist
  • Diane Powell known as Additional Background Artist
  • Steven Spence known as Additional Background Artist
  • Dave Clipston known as Additional Background Artist
  • Simon Stook known as Additional Background Artist
  • Tristan Barudon known as Additional Background Artist
  • David Orange known as Additional Background Artist
  • Zens Zinnemann known as Additional Background Artist
  • David Whiteley known as Additional Background Artist
  • Edward Bennett-Coles known as Brian (uncredited)
  • William Darke known as Charles Bronson – Age 13 (uncredited)
  • Anna Griffin known as Train Girl (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Lily Beckett known as hair stylist
  • Lily Beckett known as makeup artist
  • Vikki Lawson known as hair stylist
  • Vikki Lawson known as makeup artist
  • Niamh Morrison known as makeup designer
  • Zoey Stones known as hair stylist (as Zoey Stone)
  • Zoey Stones known as makeup artist (as Zoey Stone)
  • Heather Manson known as makeup artist: dailies (uncredited)
  • Andy Seston known as makeup artist: dailies (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Adam Ali known as construction manager
  • Hannah Boyton known as art department assistant
  • Lizzie Dixon known as art department assistant
  • Eva Freeman known as art department assistant
  • Alex Giles known as art department assistant
  • Neil Gregory known as art department runner
  • Emma Minshull known as stand-by props
  • Andrew Ranner known as assistant art director
  • Andrew Ranner known as property master
  • John Savage known as art department daily assistant
  • Dean Spicksley known as art department assistant
  • Neil Thomas known as art department assistant
  • Joe Withers known as stand-by art director
  • Daz Spencer-Lovesey known as set dresser (uncredited)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Vertigo Films (presents)
  • Aramid Entertainment Fund (as Aramid Entertainment) (in association with)
  • Str8jacket Creations (in association with)
  • EM Media (in association with)
  • 4DH Films
  • Perfume Films (in association with)

Other Companies:

  • Audiolink Radio Communications  walkie talkies
  • Kendrick Caterers  catering
  • Kodak  motion picture film supplied by
  • Lee and Thompson Solicitors  legal services
  • NHB  2k scanning
  • PS-PostScript  post-production scripts
  • Post Republic, The  post-production facilities
  • Screen Cuisine  catering
  • Spirit Studios  adr recording facilities
  • Take 2 Film Services  camera equipment provided by
  • Tonstudio Hanse Warns  foley stage

Distributors:

  • Alliance Films (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Le Pacte (2009) (France) (theatrical)
  • Magnet Releasing (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Movie Inspired (2009) (Italy) (theatrical)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2009) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Vertigo Films (2009) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Audio Visual Entertainment (2010) (Greece) (all media)
  • Cinemax (2010) (Hungary) (TV)
  • E1 Entertainment (2009) (UK) (DVD)
  • E1 Entertainment (2009) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2009) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2009) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Kinowelt Home Entertainment (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Kinowelt Home Entertainment (2010) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Madman Entertainment (2009) (Australia) (all media)
  • Magnolia Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Magnolia Home Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Movie Bank (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (rental)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2009) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • SP Films (2012) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2009) (Finland) (all media)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Saint (graphic special effects and titles)

Visual Effects by:

  • Patrizia Jendrzej known as compositing artist
  • Florian Obrecht known as visual effects artist
  • Kolja Schoon known as scanning operator (uncredited)
  • Juri Stanossek known as visual effects supervisor (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • UK October 2008 (London Film Festival)
  • Netherlands January 2009 (International Film Festival Rotterdam)
  • USA 19 January 2009 (Sundance Film Festival)
  • Germany 8 February 2009 (European Film Market)
  • Ireland 14 February 2009 (The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival)
  • UK 18 February 2009 (Glasgow Film Festival)
  • Belgium March 2009 (Off Screen Brussels)
  • Ireland 13 March 2009
  • UK 13 March 2009
  • Austria April 2009 (Crossing Europe Linz Film Festival)
  • Greece April 2009 (Athens International Film and Video Festival)
  • Poland April 2009 (Off Plus Camera)
  • USA April 2009 (Independent Film Festival of Boston)
  • USA 4 April 2009 (Phoenix Film Festival)
  • France 7 April 2009 (Lyon L'Étrange Festival)
  • Denmark 19 April 2009 (CPHPIX Festival)
  • USA May 2009 (Seattle International Film Festival)
  • Slovakia June 2009 (Art Film Festival)
  • USA June 2009 (Newport International Film Festival)
  • USA June 2009 (BAM cinema Fest)
  • USA June 2009 (CineVegas International Film Festival)
  • USA June 2009 (Los Angeles Film Festival)
  • Czech Republic July 2009 (Karlovy Vary International Film Festival)
  • South Korea July 2009 (Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • UK 10 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • France 15 July 2009
  • Czech Republic 23 July 2009
  • Denmark 24 July 2009
  • Finland August 2009 (Espoo Film Festival)
  • Germany August 2009 (Fantasy Filmfest)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina 12 August 2009 (Sarajevo Film Festival)
  • Finland 21 August 2009
  • Sweden 28 August 2009
  • Norway 11 September 2009
  • USA 26 September 2009 (Austin Fantastic Fest)
  • Israel October 2009 (Haifa Film Festival)
  • Spain October 2009 (Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • Belgium 8 October 2009 (Gent International Film Festival)
  • USA 9 October 2009 (limited)
  • Canada 30 October 2009 (Toronto)
  • Russia 30 October 2009 (New British Film Festival)
  • Italy November 2009 (Turin Film Festival)
  • Lithuania November 2009 (Scanorama)
  • Netherlands November 2009 (Noordelijk Film Festival)
  • Slovenia November 2009 (Ljubljana International Film Festival)
  • Germany 18 February 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 2 March 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 20 August 2010 (TV premiere)
  • Greece 16 December 2010
  • Italy 12 June 2011 (Biografilm Festival)
  • Argentina 17 January 2012 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for violent and disturbing content, graphic nudity, sexuality and language

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