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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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5 October 1989 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Le punisseur  »

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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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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 »

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Shake: My God man can't you see? This is a result of your five-year killing spree! You've weakened the bosses to such a degree they can't protect their own families!
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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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