R | | Action, Biography, Crime
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.
15 November 2009 | lmighten
8 | An excellent portrayal of Britain's most notorious prisoner.
This is a fantastic depiction of Charles Bronson, born Michael Peterson, Britain's most infamous and notorious ...
When the real life Charles Bronson was moved to Parkhurst Prison in 1976, he befriended the notorious Kray Twins. Coincidentally enough, Tom Hardy would later portray both of the Kray twins in the film Legend (2015).
To a terrified woman in a jewellery shop: "Don't fucking move! Or I'll kill you. Alright?"
Large parts of the film depict events that never happened; in particular the sequence where Bronson is released 'for being sane' during the 80's (Charlie was declared sane, sent back to prison and subsequently released in 1987), goes to live in a brothel (the 'brothel' is supposed to depict Uncle Jack's flat), starts a bare-knuckle boxing career (Charlie did box but never bare fisted) and gets his 'new' name, (His boxing promoter changed his name but not officially) then proposes to a girl before being sent back to prison. (Charlie did steal an engagement ring with the intention of proposing to his girlfriend. Also, Charlie only met Tom Hardy on two occasions.
£258,360 (UK) (13 March 2009)
$104,792 (USA) (25 December 2009)