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The Punisher (1989)

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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Gianni Franco (as Jeroen Krabbe)
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Bryan Marshall ...
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Brian Rooney ...
Zoska Aleece ...
Tanaka's Daughter (as Zoshka Mizak)
Kenji Yamaki ...
Sato
Hirofumi Kanayama ...
Tomio
Larry McCormick ...
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Laccone (as Larney Tupu)
Gianfranco Negroponte ...
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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Judge. Jury. Executioner. All in a day's work. See more »


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5 October 1989 (West Germany)  »

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

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(4 channels)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dolph Lundgren and Jean-Claude Van Damme appeared in Universal Soldier (1992). In the same year as this movie, Van Damme starred in Cyborg (1989), as a vengeful mercenary who goes after the evil gang that murdered his family, that have kidnapped a female cyborg. In this film, Frank Castle (Lundgren) a vigilante assassin whose family was murdered by criminals, agrees to help a mafia boss rescue his son from the Yakuza. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 11 mins) While Frank Castle is fighting a Japanese Swordsman, a holstered gun on Castle's back disappears. Moments later, it re-appears in the holster. The weapon wasn't touched by anybody. See more »

Quotes

Gianni Franco: How bad is it?
Terrone: How bad is it? If you hadn't come back, I'd be head of the family.
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Referenced in Laat maar zitten: Recht in eigen hand (1991) See more »

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Winning isn't Everything, It's the Only thing
Performed and Written by Bobby Laurel
Courtesy of Gary Lazar Productions
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Excellent live-action version based on a comic book character
14 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

The Punisher was made in 1990 but it remains my best comic-book adaption on screen ever. The film has captured the dark atmosphere of the comic-book like no other movie I've ever seen. Dolph plays Frank Castle, an ex-cop who retired after his wife was murdered (by the Mafia) to become a heavily-armed vigilante who lives in the sewers, called The Punisher. The story is about the Japanese Yakuza trying to take over the Mafia's business in America, causing a gang war on the streets. When the Mafia refuse to make an agreement, the Yakuza kidnap all the children of of the mob bosses to hold them for ransom. This is where Dolph has to save the day, rescue the children and put an end to the war. Louis Gosset Jr. is excellent as Dolph's ex-partner, Jake, who is now determined to find him. As The Punisher, I couldn't have thought of a better choice than Dolph. He fits the role perfecttly, and is unrelentingly cold throughout the movie. The plot is pure hokum, no doubt, but the movie looks and feels just like the Marvel comic. But this is no children's comic book movie, as the movie is packed with graphic violence that gave it a lot of negative publicity. It's a shame this movie bombed at the US box office, because it really is a great movie. If you haven't seen this gem, go rent it or buy it now!


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