October 9th 2009
  • Action/Drama,
  • R,
  • 92 min,
  • Magnolia Pictures
  • Cast: Tom Hardy, Matt King, Kelly Adams, Katy Barker, Edward Bennett-Coles, June Bladon, Amanda Burton, William Darke, Andrew Forbes, Helen Grayson, Anna Griffin, Kate Hesketh, Leah Hinton-Fishlock, Mandy Kay, James Lance, Matt Legg, Brendan McCoy, Jane McLennan, Juliet Oldfield, Jonathan Phillips, Hugh Ross, Dean Spicksley, Mark Stocks, Joe Tucker
  • Director: Nicolas Winding Refn
  • Writers: Nicolas Winding Refn, Brock Norman Brock
  • Producers: Daniel Hansford, Rupert Preston
  • Co Producers: Sean Faughnan, Jane Hooks
  • Executive Producers: Nick Love, Paul Martin, Allan Niblo, James Richardson, Thor Sigurjonsson
  • Art Direction: Jane Levick
  • Casting: Des Hamilton
  • Costume Design: Sian Jenkins
  • D.O.P.: Larry Smith
  • Editor: Matthew Newman
  • Makeup: Niamh Morrison
  • Production Design: Adrian Smith


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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Filming Locations: Leicestershire, UK; Nottinghamshire, UK
  • MPAA Warning: Violent and disturbing content, graphic nudity, sexuality and language
  • Production Budget: £150,000
  • Production Companies: Vertigo Films, 4DH Films, Str8jacket Creations, Perfume Films

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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 unauthorised recordings of prison inmates.

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 Luton, England.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 13 March 2009: UK
  • 15 July 2009: France
  • 23 July 2009: Czech Republic
  • 24 July 2009: Denmark
  • 21 August 2009: Finland
  • 28 August 2009: Sweden
  • 11 September 2009: Norway