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Solid Snake
05-17-12, 08:00 PM
I've been a Bronson movie binge lately...I grew up knowing him only w/ the mustache but as an adult I've seen a good variety of his films w/o the mustache. And I've come to this: He looks better w/o the mustache..and I also like the movies he's in w/o one more coincidentally.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_AusUZoXeyYQ/TDCsI5u8WwI/AAAAAAAAAig/YmvL_nzMGW4/s1600/hard-times1.jpg

or

(this is really damn good pic of him...)
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ef/Bronson_1973.jpg/414px-Bronson_1973.jpg

islandclaws
05-17-12, 08:24 PM
I like them both, but I prefer to believe Chuck derives extra power from the 'stache.

Btw, Snake, what'cha been watching? Bronson is my motherfucker; I know almost all of his work.

RocShemp
05-17-12, 08:25 PM
Ooh c'mon, Jules, another thr - oh. It's you, Esteban.

Well I guess I'll play. I think he looks better sans moustache but that's cos I'm used to you Bronson clean shaven and old Bronson with a 'stache. Though your pics show he could look badass either way. So... Both?

Mondo Kane
05-17-12, 08:26 PM
Great characters with the non-stache (House of Wax,Magnificent 7,Hard Times)

RocShemp
05-17-12, 08:34 PM
Great characters with the non-stache (House of Wax,Magnificent 7,Hard Times)

Don't forget when he was Harmonica in Once Upon A Time In The West.

clckworang
05-17-12, 09:15 PM
I watched Bronson recently in one of his mustache roles, The Mechanic. Not a bad movie. There have been a lot of Bronson showing up on the movie channels lately.

And to answer the OP's question. It's a tough call, especially because as a kid I identified him with the stache. I think I should watch some more Bronson movies before I can make the call. :D

d2cheer
05-17-12, 09:42 PM
I like them both, but I prefer to believe Chuck derives extra power from the 'stache.

Btw, Snake, what'cha been watching? Bronson is my motherfucker; I know almost all of his work.

Agree and same here. I have pretty much all his stuff.

Solid Snake
05-17-12, 09:46 PM
I like them both, but I prefer to believe Chuck derives extra power from the 'stache.

Btw, Snake, what'cha been watching? Bronson is my motherfucker; I know almost all of his work.

Well to add to the new list of Bronson for me Hard Times and The Mechanic. I've seen OUATITW, DW1-4, Mr. M, Dirty Dozen, Great Escape, Death Hunt, and some others as well. I fucking was amazed by how awesome Hard Times was. I'd kill to get that on BD. Great look to the fights.

Don't forget when he was Harmonica in Once Upon A Time In The West.

This was the 1st movie I ever saw him w/o the 'stache. Fucking floored me when I saw him w/ no 'stache.

d2cheer
05-17-12, 09:47 PM
http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/300/mvs1861712.jpg

This is one of my favorite pics of his all time from Red Sun. I even have this in a Ceramic print on my wall. BTW it is great to see a newer generation enjoying his work. My hat is off to you Snake...

bcd
05-17-12, 09:58 PM
I voted No Mustache, but to be honest I am not sure if have seen him a mustachioed role. But he is without mustache in 3 of my favorite movies, Great Escape, Once upon a Time in the West, and Magnificent Seven.

Why So Blu?
05-17-12, 10:16 PM
Once Upon A Time In The West. No Mustache. Death Wish films, all of them...'stache.

antspawn
05-17-12, 10:18 PM
I like mustache Bronson...more mature looking more edgy lol

inri222
05-17-12, 10:58 PM
Once Upon A Time In The West is his greatest film.
I say no pussy tickler!

d2cheer
05-17-12, 11:00 PM
Once Upon A Time In The West is his greatest film.
I say no pussy tickler!

WTF you can't post a pic here???? :)

ytrez
05-18-12, 07:38 AM
I was under the impression that Bronson was born with a 'stache.

JesseCuster
05-18-12, 08:49 AM
His character in Once Upon A Time In The West was mythical, as was every character in that thing. Henry Fonda as a psychotic killer? Jason f*cking Robards in anything called a western? It's a staggering and astonishing film by nearly any standard. I get goosebumps talkng about it.

And to the topic, no 'stache. :)

Ash Ketchum
05-18-12, 09:03 AM
There were basically two Bronsons: pre-moustache character actor and moustached star.

Pre-moustache: VERA CRUZ, APACHE, RUN OF THE ARROW, MACHINE GUN KELLY, NEVER SO FEW, MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, THE GREAT ESCAPE, BATTLE OF THE BULGE, THE DIRTY DOZEN, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST

Moustache: VIOLENT CITY (aka THE FAMILY), RIDER ON THE RAIN, RED SUN, DEATH WISH, THE MECHANIC, THE STONE KILLER, TELEFON, THE EVIL THAT MEN DO, assorted DEATH WISH sequels, etc., etc., etc.

The quality of the films gradually went down after he became a star, not that I didn't keep going to see them, although I dropped off when Cannon kind of took over his career in the 1980s. I think THE EVIL THAT MEN DO was the last Bronson film I saw in a theater. The first was THE GREAT ESCAPE.

Meglos
05-18-12, 09:16 AM
I was under the impression that Bronson was born with a 'stache.

It came and went.

http://i.imgur.com/f3BCC.png

But, really, my vote would be "Both".

http://i.imgur.com/K58Mz.jpg

Pizza
05-18-12, 09:31 AM
Death Wish rules. So does the 'stache.

Solid Snake
05-18-12, 12:41 PM
There were basically two Bronsons: pre-moustache character actor and moustached star.

Pre-moustache: VERA CRUZ, APACHE, RUN OF THE ARROW, MACHINE GUN KELLY, NEVER SO FEW, MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, THE GREAT ESCAPE, BATTLE OF THE BULGE, THE DIRTY DOZEN, ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST

Moustache: VIOLENT CITY (aka THE FAMILY), RIDER ON THE RAIN, RED SUN, DEATH WISH, THE MECHANIC, THE STONE KILLER, TELEFON, THE EVIL THAT MEN DO, assorted DEATH WISH sequels, etc., etc., etc.

The quality of the films gradually went down after he became a star, not that I didn't keep going to see them, although I dropped off when Cannon kind of took over his career in the 1980s. I think THE EVIL THAT MEN DO was the last Bronson film I saw in a theater. The first was THE GREAT ESCAPE.

Yes and No. In the 70s the mustache came and went. For example Hard Times came out in 1975...no 'stache. The Mechanic came out in 1972...he had the 'stache. Now...this is where I get very iffy...was the 80s all Mustache?

on topic w/ The Mechanic. I finally saw that yesterday morning. I liked it..but...I HATED the guy that Bronson had to teach his stuff too. Not sure which I liked more....the original or the remake. The remake is more balanced out...but the original has that awesome no dialogue sequence and Bronson. Also...that bit w/ the prostitute was weird. Like...I don't mind that that's part of the story...but...maybe if Bronson was a better actor for that scene..it wouldn't come off so awkward today.

islandclaws
05-18-12, 12:57 PM
I was lukewarm on The Mechanic the first time I watched it. After a second viewing, I loved it. Now I'd consider it one of my favorite Bronson films. It's a slow-burn, methodical picture, but Bronson is so cold and calculating that I can forgive Jan for acting like a preening douche for the running time.

Also, Bronson's house in that move is fucking amazing. I want it.

Jules Winfield
05-18-12, 05:52 PM
Ooh c'mon, Jules, another thr - oh. It's you, Esteban.

You're this close to being slapped, fool.

I say no stache. His manliest movies are without the stache. Dirty Dozen, Great Escape... This thread really should've been about if Charles Bronson shaves down there. Disappointed.:(

RocShemp
05-18-12, 06:29 PM
This thread really should've been about if Charles Bronson shaves down there. Disappointed.:(

I am so glad this wasn't another of your threads.

JohnnyMovie
05-19-12, 12:13 AM
he is good actor and I prefer Mustache!

RocShemp
05-19-12, 01:24 AM
Snake, be sure to check out Man With A Camera if you wanna see more pre-'stache Bronson.

<iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ehkLJ29yMAA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

majorjoe23
05-19-12, 09:10 AM
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/ThAIhqa7iR3Yf66y_EIQlvBJGwKU9nbN01ip9OhDSCcfdKGrP0hxstg-sH9jYWC3cClCEA71s59Qza5p0G_pAtsuriFLUAlmyr_3OiiK0gI_2vqveD8

Mustache.

Jon2
05-20-12, 12:11 AM
What... no love for Master of the World? One of my favorite Bronson flicks... but I guess it was really Vincent Price's vehicle. Pun intended.

At any rate my vote is both. When he was younger the 'stache wasn't necessary, but as he aged his face really needed it.

Boba Fett
05-20-12, 01:22 AM
The mustache became a signature for the hardass, take no prisoner Bronson of the 70s and 80s, and for me, is one of the most fun Bronson's to watch.

I probably should have voted both though, since his finest quality work was sans mustache: Dirty Dozen, Once Upon a Time in the West, and Great Escape

Charlie Goose
05-20-12, 01:36 AM
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a2db38b3127ccef07283d72a5c00000030O08AaMmrNy2asge3nww/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/

dhmac
05-20-12, 10:05 AM
"No Mustache" - simply because he didn't have one in what I think is the greatest film he was in...

http://i359.photobucket.com/albums/oo33/dhmacg/once-upon-a-time-in-the-west-08.jpg

"Once Upon A Time In The West"

Solid Snake
05-20-12, 10:33 AM
I really love OUATITW. And it is the greatest film Bronson was in...though I never call it a Bronson film. I don't know why...maybe cuz it's too much of an ensemble or too much of a Leone film. Goddamn I need to get the BD of it so bad.

On the topic of Leone...can't wait for the full Leone cut of Once Upon A Time In Ameria on BD.