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An undercover FBI agent becomes a vigilante assassin and sets out to unleash his wrath upon the corrupt businessman who slaughtered his entire family at a reunion.

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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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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

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$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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Trivia

The guns Mickey and Bobby try to buy in the beginning of the movie are Heckler & Koch G36Cs, the compact version of the G36 assault rifle. See more »

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When the Blazer with Maria Castle and her son flips over, in one shot it starts to flip on its left side, but in the very next shot it's already on its right side about to flip upright. See more »

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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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Spin-off The Punisher (2004) 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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vigilante-style justice done right
17 January 2005 | by (East Riding of Yorkshire) – See all my reviews

If you like the old Clint Eastwood & Charles Bronson revenge movies then you'll like this film. Great pace and action that's gritty but extremely enjoyable. I can't say I knew anything about this Punisher character before seeing this film but I thoroughly enjoyed it none-the-less.

The Punisher is a shining example of revenge and vigilante-style justice done right. It's also yet another comic book adaptation done properly. In fact, this may be the first time I wished we could give half-vaults, because it was just that good. In the compendium of comic movies, this falls just shy of the two X-Men movies, but it is right there with Spider-Man and easily surpasses Batman, Superman and The Hulk. The fact that it is an R-rated movie killed any possible chance of decent box-office numbers, but it was a necessary step to take, and the quality of the movie just makes up for it. Hopefully this was Thomas Jane's breakout role.


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