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

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Castle punishes and kills his victims, he leaves behind skull tipped daggers. A nod to the comic books - in the comic books, unlike the film, Castle wears a skull on his t-shirt, his body armor and on his spandex, which was his symbol and calling card as The Punisher. See more »

Goofs

After the Japanese henchman are shot at through the paper screen, the very last extra to be shot dies unconvincingly. He slowly drops to his knees, leans forward, and carefully places his weapon down. See more »

Quotes

Gianni Franco: There's a limit to revenge, you know.
The Punisher: I guess I just haven't reached mine yet.
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Edited into The Punisher: Gag Reel (2013) See more »

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Planet of Love
Performed by Simon Stokes
Written by Simon Stokes & Harry Garfield
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Quite possibly Dolph Lundgren's best film ever
23 November 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

STAR RATING:*****Unmissable****Very Good***Okay**You Could Go Out For A Meal Instead*Avoid At All Costs

Adapted from a little known comic book of the same name,The Punisher is a ceaselessly exciting thrill-ride with action like you've never seen before.Many consider Dolph the most dramatically talented out the action hero bunch (Willis,Seagal,Van Damme,Schwarzenegger et al)and many may be put off here by what could be interpreted as a blank,stationary performance.In fact,what this is is a frank,startling portrayal of a man unable to emit mercy to his opponents simply because he is emotionally unable to.Like the best,it also has a sensible,compact running time,running in at just under an hour and a half,making it all the more irristible to the action conesseur.****


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