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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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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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During a flashback Frank Castle has about his family, his daughters are both wearing Spider-Man pajamas. Director Mark Goldblatt did this to pay homage to Spider-Man. The Punisher first appeared Amazing Spider-Man #129, which was dated February 1974. See more »

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In a long shot of rack-torture scene, everyone is clearly standing on a place-marker. See more »

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[the Punisher is being tortured]
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The Gulity will be punished
8 January 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Dolph Lundgren is the Punisher in my mind after seeing this movie. Yeah the filming was a little cheap and they eliminated the skull on his shirt but Lundgren captured Frank Castle's descent into madness perfectly. The film opens up five years after the death of Frank Castle and his family as we see in flashbacks this pushed Castle over the edge and into a Vendetta for revenge. Top marks go to Lou Gosset Jr as he Carries his end f the movie beautifully Gossett And Lundgren are the movie. Some of the other actors fall Flat and are not really convincing Only Jerome Krabbe Carries his role off with any hint of class or style. Some of the bad acting in this movie is it's downfall but it captures the style and spirit of the comic Something the remake strives to do but not quite. This movie is a Fun shut your brain off for 92 minutes and sit back and enjoy action classic


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