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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gianni Franco (as Jeroen Krabbe)
Kim Miyori ...
Bryan Marshall ...
Brian Rooney ...
Zoshka Mizak ...
Kenji Yamaki ...
Hirofumi Kanayama ...
Larry McCormick ...
Laccone (as Larney Tupu)
Gianfranco Negroponte ...
Musso (as John Negroponte)


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 <>

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Release Date:

5 October 1989 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

El castigador  »

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Box Office


$9,000,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


| (heavily cut) (1990) (1995)

Sound Mix:

(4 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


All of the fight sequences were performed with real contact by the actors to give the fights a sense of realism and because the Kyokushin karate champions Kenji Yamaki and Hirofumi Kanayama's sense of honor would not allow them to fake it. See more »


After the lights go off, some goons shoot at where two characters are standing, only to find them gone when the emergency lights come on. Not a single bullet hole is visible in the Japanese paper screen they were standing before, however. See more »


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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Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: The Punisher #60 (2015) See more »


Vicious Minds
Written by Harry Garfield
Performed by Hobo & Habby
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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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