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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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If society won't punish the guilty, he will. 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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(Dolby Stereo)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the comic book, Frank's wife and children were murdered, when witnessing a Mafia gangland execution, whilst on an afternoon picnic in New York's Central Park. In the film, unlike the comic book, Frank's wife and children are murdered in a car bombing by the Mob. See more »

Goofs

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

The Punisher: I PUNISH THE GUILTY!
Shake: And as a result the innocent must suffer?
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Referenced in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) See more »

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Planet of Love
Performed by Simon Stokes
Written by Simon Stokes & Harry Garfield
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User Reviews

 
A good adaptation
26 December 2003 | by (Lima, Perú) – See all my reviews

I really liked this film, it´s true to the comic, and in some parts is better. For example in the comic Frank Castel has a truck full of weapons (most of them hi tech weapons) but were he gets the cash to pays for them. It´s a better adaptation than most flicks from those years (captain America for example) and it´s full with a lot of action and blood, its like a predecesor for Kill Bill. I give the movie a 7 out of 10.


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