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The Punisher (1989)

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When Frank Castle's family is murdered by criminals, he wages war on crime as a vigilante assassin known only as the Punisher.

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Laccone (as Larney Tupu)
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Musso (as John Negroponte)
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Based on the Marvel Comic, Dolph Lundgren is Frank Castle an ex-cop who lives in the sewers and acts as judge, jury, and executioner to the city's criminals in retaliation for the unpunished murders of his wife and kids. Frank's ex-partner Jake (Louis Gossett Jr.) finally catches up with the vigilante as he tries to stop the Japanese mob, which is trying to take over the city's mafia operation. Written by Matt Carlin <ghola@umich.edu>

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If society won't punish the guilty, he will. See more »


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5 October 1989 (West Germany)  »

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Le punisseur  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Producer Robert Mark Kamen revised and rewrote Boaz Yakin's original screenplay to make a few changes including adding a 'Lethal Weapon'-like prologue which was filmed but ultimately omitted in the editing room, only leaving flashbacks, like in Yakin's initial script. See more »

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When Frank fights Tanaka's daughter, after he pins her to the wall, she takes both her earrings off and scratches him. In the next shot her earrings are back on and then they're gone again. See more »

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Lady Tanaka: [answering the question, "Who the fuck do you think you are?"] We are Yakuza. When your ancestors were shepherds still screwing sheep on the Mediterranean coast, ours were the crime lords of Asia.
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My favourite Marvel action hero.
20 April 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film may not be the closest adaptation to the Marvel Comic but it does have a lot action and kick a** fighting that makes this a great film. Dolph Lundgren gives a solid performance as Frank Castle/ The Punisher, Barry Otto is great as The Punisher's drunk friend who gives him info about criminal hideouts, Louis Gossett Jr does a great role as the detective that's been searching for five years to get Frank Castle.

The skull may be missing on his shirt but that doesn't bother me since he still kicks a**. The skull symbol is still on his knives and his bike so that's something. Their's a lot of action in this film to get anyone interested, if you're a fan of The Punisher like me or into action movies then The Punisher is one to see. 10/10

The 2004 Punisher movie is another one to look out for.


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