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The Punisher (2004)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  16 April 2004 (USA)
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An undercover FBI agent becomes a vigilante assassin and sets out to unleash vengeance upon the corrupt businessman who slew his family.

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Special agent Frank Castle becomes a vigilante for justice.

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Tattooed Mike (as Russ Comegys)
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EMT (as William Hasenzahl)
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Storyline

Special agent Frank Castle had it all: A loving family, a great life, and an adventurous job. But when his life is taken away from him by a ruthless criminal and his associates, Frank has become reborn. Now serving as judge, jury, and executioner, he's a new kind of vigilante out to wage a one man war against those who have done him wrong. Written by Mystic80

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Frank Castle has died...but has been reborn as THE PUNISHER. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive brutal violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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16 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£186,017 (UK) (24 September 2004)

Gross:

$421,053 (South Africa) (8 October 2004)
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Trivia

The bourbon Castle drinks throughout the film is "Wild Turkey". In the Jimmy Weeks subplot, we see Jimmy drinking the same brand. See more »

Goofs

During the massacre at the Castle estate in Puerto Rico, when Maria attempts to escape with Will, she tells him to "run to the Jeep." It's a Chevy Blazer, but "a Jeep" is commonly used as a shorthand for an off-road car, not necessarily of a Jeep make. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bobby Saint: So I'm gonna get a three-to-one return on my money?
Micky Duka: Otto is the real deal. I met him at a hash bar in Amsterdam. He speaks Russian, German, Arabic...
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The Marvel logo features comic-book images of the Punisher in its pages; after it fully forms, it is shot three times and "bleeds" white paint which forms the Punisher's skull, and the film's title. See more »

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Referenced in Richard Roeper & the Movies: From Paris with Love (2010) See more »

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Written by S. Benton, J. Jones, M. Luce and C.J. Pierce
Published by Drama Fools Music and Wallachi Music Publishing, LLC (BMI)
All rights adm. by Wallachi Music Publishing, LLC (BMI)
Performed by Drowning Pool
Courtesy of Wind-up Records
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Well written and casted, Beautiful cinematography.
7 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Though I was unfamiliar with the comic book character, I was impressed with the all around quality of the production. It didn't hurt to have the cosmically beautiful Laura Harring (mullholland drive)cast as Saint's wife. Should have had more of her character. Thomas Jane turned in a very worthy performance, as I think it's difficult to play these comic book characters without causing nausea and guffaws. Interesting that there was a bit of philosophy re society and it's criminal element, kudos to the director/writer for a cogent screenplay. Did Jane remind anyone of the french actor in the original Immortal? i.e. his guttural delivery and dour countenance.


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