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The Punisher (1989)

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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Gianni Franco (as Jeroen Krabbe)
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Bryan Marshall ...
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Brian Rooney ...
Zoska Aleece ...
Tanaka's Daughter (as Zoshka Mizak)
Kenji Yamaki ...
Sato
Hirofumi Kanayama ...
Tomio
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Laccone (as Larney Tupu)
Gianfranco Negroponte ...
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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If society won't punish the guilty, he will. See more »


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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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(4 channels)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A sequel was briefly announced at the Milan Film Market in the fall 1990, despite the fact that the new owners of New World Pictures not being interested in theatrical films, but the sequel was never developed further, and Dolph Lundgren was not willing to reprise his role after his disappointment of the final product and its release. See more »

Goofs

(at around 27 mins) Punisher's sidekick misquotes Macbeth when entering the sewers. He says "Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble" when any thespian will know the correct line from MacBeth begins "Double, double...". See more »

Quotes

The Punisher: [Last line] I still talk to god sometimes. I ask him if what I'm doing is right or wrong. I am still waiting for an answer. Until I get one, I will be out here. Waiting. Watching. The guilty will be punished.
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Referenced in The President's Man (2000) See more »

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Planet of Love
Performed by Simon Stokes
Written by Simon Stokes & Harry Garfield
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a darker,more realistic version of the Punisher
31 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

this version of the Punisher is much different than the 2004 version.for one thing it is much darker,and probably more faithful to the comic book version.the pacing is very deliberate in this one,creating more atmosphere.there are some very good fight scenes in this movie.the biggest difference is the antagonist,which is much more deadly in this one and a worthy adversary for the Punisher.Dolph Lundgren plays the role in this incarnation and is much more imposing,with better physical presence.this is mainly due to his size.he definitely would inspire fear in the criminal element.Lundgren is not really a great actor,but he doesn't need to be for this role.overall,this a good movie,more subdued than the 2004 version.there is more physical action,but very little of things blowing up,which works in this film's favor. a strong7/10


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