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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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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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Judge, Jury, and Executioner is what The Punisher is. See more »


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

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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

Ben Foster really did acquire some piercings for the part. See more »

Goofs

During the shootout at the family reunion, one of Saint's men is shooting from behind a barbecue grill at Frank and Frank's father. As Frank and his father are shooting at Saint's man, a bowl of salad on the counter is sent flying in the air as Saint's man dives over the barbecue grill. The next shot shows Saint's man shooting at Frank with the salad bowl full of salad on the counter. Then we see Frank shooting at the barbecue grill with the salad bowl gone and salad all over the counter. See more »

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[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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Côte d'Azure
Written by Alan Lee Silva and Ken Tamplin
Published by Red Engine Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Alan Lee Silva & Ken Tamplin
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari / MasterSource
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Tom Jane is absolutely breathtaking!
8 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of those movies that make you wonder why every movie isn't as good. However, if you are aren't the type that likes intense violence and content a bit more mature than PG, then I don't recommend this at all to you.

Tom Jane plays Frank Castle, a broken and confused F.B.I. agent who loses his family to a band of mobsters, who horrifically slaughter every last one of the members of his family, including his extended family. The pain and anger that he deals with causes him to become what he used to hunt down, a murderer who slaughters criminals day and night. His first target is the man responsible for his family's murder, a man named Howard Saint (terrifically played by John Travolta). The suspense and excitement experienced throughout the film eventually unfurls into a dramatic and astonishing conclusion that movie-goers will never forget.

I can't think of anything more to say about this movie, so I will say this: The value of this movie is beyond words. At least 10x better than the original 1989 film starring Dolph Lundgren as the executioner, this is a memorable and unforgettable film that is guaranteed to leave you in awe.

10/10!


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