When Frank Castle's family is murdered by criminals, he wages war on crime as a vigilante assassin known only as the Punisher.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
4,584 ( 239)

On Disc

at Amazon

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

After hunting down and killing hundreds of violent criminals, Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, faces his most deadly foe yet: Jigsaw.

Director: Lexi Alexander
Stars: Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Julie Benz
The Punisher (2004)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An undercover FBI agent becomes a vigilante assassin and sets out to unleash his wrath upon the corrupt businessman who slaughtered his entire family at a reunion.

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh
Stars: Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Samantha Mathis
Short | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Frank Castle is staying in a bad neighborhood, where he encounters a gang that terrorizes its residents.

Director: Phil Joanou
Stars: Thomas Jane, Ron Perlman, Sammi Rotibi
Short | Action | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Chronicles the Punisher's actions from 1979-1982. In those four years, Frank Castle runs a foul, Jigsaw, Daredevil, a serial killer, a Junkie dressed up like Santa and a mess of thugs all "asking for it."

Director: Chris R. Notarile
Stars: Shawn Parr, Thomas Daniel, Kim Santiago
Action | Crime | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Jack Caine (Dolph Lundgren) is a Houston vice cop who's forgotten the rule book. His self-appointed mission is to stop the drugs trade and the number one supplier Victor Manning. Whilst ... See full summary »

Director: Craig R. Baxley
Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Brian Benben, Betsy Brantley
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Two cops have to work together to bring down the yakuza, while trying to protect a beautiful women.

Director: Mark L. Lester
Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Brandon Lee, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Red Scorpion (1988)
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

An elite Soviet Special Forces operative is chosen to assassinate a rebel leader, but instead he defects to lead the resistance against his former comrades.

Director: Joseph Zito
Stars: Dolph Lundgren, M. Emmet Walsh, Al White
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

Frozen in the ice for decades, Captain America is freed to battle against arch-criminal, The Red Skull.

Director: Albert Pyun
Stars: Matt Salinger, Ronny Cox, Ned Beatty
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

The heroic warrior He-Man battles against lord Skeletor and his armies of darkness for control of Castle Grayskull.

Director: Gary Goddard
Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster
Men of War (1994)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A former Special Ops soldier leads a group of mercenaries to an island in the South China Sea: their mission is obtain the rights to the unusual treasure that the island beholds.

Director: Perry Lang
Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Charlotte Lewis, BD Wong
Army of One (1993)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A framed prison escapee unknowingly kidnaps a female cop en-route to a rendezvous with the corrupt cop who put him behind bars.

Director: Vic Armstrong
Stars: Dolph Lundgren, George Segal, Kristian Alfonso
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Private Luc Deveraux and his sadistic sergeant, Andrew Scott, got killed in Vietnam. The army uses their bodies for a secret project - reanimating dead soldiers as deadly obedient cyborgs. However, their memories come back too.

Director: Roland Emmerich
Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Ally Walker
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

If you're innocent, he's just the protection you want...and all the protection you need. But if you're guilty, he gives no warning...and shows no mercy. See more »


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

5 October 1989 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Каратель  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut) (1990) (1995)

Sound Mix:

(4 channels)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Michael Pare was the producer's original choice for Frank Castle. But, Michael Pare was not able to take the role due to his busy schedule and Dolph Lundgren was cast instead. See more »

Goofs

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

Frank Castle: If you're guilty, you're dead.
See more »

Connections

Version of The Punisher See more »

Soundtracks

Planet of Love
Performed by Simon Stokes
Written by Simon Stokes & Harry Garfield
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

GREAT FILM THANKS TO THE ACTORS CHOSEN
6 May 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

The Punisher was one of the better Marvel films adapted from a comic-thanks mainly to the casting.

Dolph Lungdren was an excellent choice as The Punisher and I cannot imagine anyone else being able to play it as well as he did. His facial expressions were so convincing throughout the movie;you really could believe that he was Frank Castle, a man whose family had been butchered. It was probably one of Dolph's best roles since playing He-Man in Masters of the Universe. The Punisher is a dangerous and pessimistic character and Dolph played it great.

Louis Gossett Jr. played Jake Berkowitz who had been chasing The Punisher for years and the lovely Nancy Everhard played his sidekick.

Jeroen Krabbe played crime boss Gianni Franco and he too did a brilliant job. He wasn't the stereotypical gangster. He made Gianni Franco into an intriguing character.

The casting for this film was brilliant so all that was needed after that was lots of action. And lots of action is exactly what we got. It was very vicious at times and I found myself flinching at times but it was great action.

I do wish there had been a sequel to this film.




41 of 57 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
10x better than the 2004 version christothefrantz
What's so bad about this film? paladin-64
The difference between this Punisher and the awful remake is... Sirus_51
Tanaka's daughter - Zoshka Mizak/Mycak/Aleece passed away in 2015 dinupassproductions
Blu-ray Review from Umbrella Entertainment jimmyp0504
Discuss The Punisher (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page