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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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Storyline

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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vigilante | ex cop | mafia | sewer | murder | See more »

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The Punisher will be coming for you, if you break the law! See more »


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Release Date:

5 October 1989 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Punisher  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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| (heavily cut) (1990) (1995)

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(Dolby Stereo)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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This film is considered an "Ozploitation" (Australian exploitation) picture. 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 »

Quotes

Lady Tanaka: That was a very expensive question you asked at our place the other night. Several of our most trusted people were working there; it cost us nearly $2 million to get them out of prison - the ones you left alive, that is.
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a darker,more realistic version of the Punisher
31 January 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

this version of the Punisher is much different than the 2004 version.for one thing it is much darker,and probably more faithful to the comic book version.the pacing is very deliberate in this one,creating more atmosphere.there are some very good fight scenes in this movie.the biggest difference is the antagonist,which is much more deadly in this one and a worthy adversary for the Punisher.Dolph Lundgren plays the role in this incarnation and is much more imposing,with better physical presence.this is mainly due to his size.he definitely would inspire fear in the criminal element.Lundgren is not really a great actor,but he doesn't need to be for this role.overall,this a good movie,more subdued than the 2004 version.there is more physical action,but very little of things blowing up,which works in this film's favor. a strong7/10


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