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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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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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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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The movie was released theatrically worldwide, except in the United States due to New World Pictures' bankruptcy, and in Sweden due to censorship (it would come out later on video). It did have a US 35mm screening on July 8th 1990 at the L.A. Comic Book and Science Fiction (on a triple bill with "The Flash" CBS-TV series and "The Guyver") and then on October 18th 2008 at the Escapism Film Festival, Durham (NC) where director Mark Goldblatt brought his own 35mm print (as well as the "I Must Break You" Dolph Lundgren Fest April 18th 2009 at the L.A. New Beverly). See more »

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An exciting action-packed thriller
24 May 2003 | by (Ann Arbor, MI) – See all my reviews

This film was pretty good. Frank Castle is The Punisher, a former police officer whose family was murdered by mobsters and years later, he comes back and wages a one-man war against crime. Although thought dead, he slowly kills off leading mobsters and criminals, one by one, in the name of "street justice". This movie had good music, and Louis Gosset Jr. played his role well as a police chief who was a friend of Castle. This movie had a decent story and exciting well-filmed gunbattles, but there were some bad things too. It relied more on pure action than on acting, for there was little talking in the whole film, just gunfire. It was somewhat fake to the point where it no longer seemed like a film (more like a video game) where a single man kills dozens of mobsters and is only hit by a single bullet in the whole film (in the shoulder!!!). But besides the bad things, this was pretty exciting and I would recommend it to all who enjoy action films. Feel free to email me with any questions or comments.


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