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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Weeks (as Russell Andrews)
Bobby Saint / John Saint
Tattooed Mike (as Russ Comegys)
Rick Elmhurst ...
Michael Reardon ...
Toro Croupier (as Michael Francis)
EMT (as William Hasenzahl)
Frank Castle (as Tom Jane)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Release Date:

16 April 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El castigador  »

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Box Office


$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Originally, The Punisher was supposed to have a sidekick, David Lieberman, alias Microchip, the Intel man. He was written out as director Jonathan Hensleigh had an intense dislike of the character. See more »


In the initial FBI bust sequence, the drug dealer is holding a gun at his side and pacing around. When he finally acts, he reaches into his jacket to pull out the gun that he was already holding out in the shots before. See more »


[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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Crazy Credits

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 »


References The Sting (1973) See more »


Bodega Street Corner
Written by Ali Dee, Zach Danziger and Vincent Alfieri
Published by Spirit One Music on behalf of Canvas One Music (BMI)
Performed by El Berhknokies
Courtesy of Spirit Music Group on behalf of Deetown Productions
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User Reviews

GREAT MOVIE! vigilante-style justice done right
4 March 2006 | by (Midwest USA) – See all my reviews

"The Punisher" is a shining example of revenge and vigilante-style justice done right. It's also yet another comic book adaptation done properly. I thought this movie was one of the best I have seen in a long time. In the compendium of comic movies, this falls just shy of the two X-Men movies and Spider-Man but easily surpasses Batman, Batman Begins, Superman and The Hulk. The fact that it is an R-rated movie will kill 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, as he was outstanding and has the potential to be a contender to Ben Affleck, Hugh Jackman, Colin Farrell, and Matt Damon as the next big action star. If you like action movies, check out this movie. If you like comic book adaptations, check out this movie. Heck, if you just like movies in general, The Punisher is two hours well-spent. Like Thomas Jane himself says, "Frank Castle is dead. Long live The Punisher."

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