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The Punisher (2004)

R  |   |  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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Jimmy Weeks (as Russell Andrews)
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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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He has a plan... he has an enemy... this Summer... he will execute them both See more »


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

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16 April 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,834,527 (USA) (16 April 2004)

Gross:

$421,053 (South Africa) (8 October 2004)
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Rebecca Romijn revealed that in a scene where she sews up a knife wound on Thomas Jane, she pushes the needle too far in and ends up actually sewing a couple of stitches on Thomas Jane's body instead of just the prosthetic wound. See more »

Goofs

After the massacre at the Castle family reunion, Livia and Howard Saint go to the Saints and Sinners club. They give Micky Duka the newspapers where it says (in the lower left corner) that Frank's 10-year-old son has been killed. But in the scene when Frank pulls his tombstone out of the ground, you can see the tombstone of his son William Castle where it says 1995-2003. That means he was only eight years old when he was killed, not 10 as it was stated in the newspapers. 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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References The Untouchables (1987) See more »

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Go West Young Man
Written by Billy Martin
Published by Red Engine Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Billy Martin
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari / MasterSource
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A Pleasant Surprise
4 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was surprised how good this movie was, not stupid as I figured. It's another one of those based-on-a-comic book hero films that seem to be popular nowadays (Hellboy, Batman, Sin City, Spiderman, Superman, etc.)

However, this was the not the cartoon-like film I expected. It was more of a pretty brutal revenge-crime movie. It's a rough movie, pure and simple.

Believable? Of course not. Some of the action is ludicrous but the most ridiculous of all - the fight against the huge Russian, is actually the most fun of the action scenes. The rest is just plain mean as the hero's entire family gets wiped out by gunman and "The Punisher" (Thomas Jane) goes after them after almost being killed himself.

A smart aspect of this film was inserting a bit of humor in it, such as the two nerds down the hallway who befriend "The Punisher."

The sometimes-juvenile but interesting action scenes, the diverse characters in here and the humor all combine to make this better than anticipated.

No, it's anything but a thinking man's movie, but it IS entertaining and harmless if you look at everything tongue-in-cheek.


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