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The Punisher (2004)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Weeks (as Russell Andrews)
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

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Judge, Jury, and Executioner is what The Punisher is. 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)


$33,682,273 (USA) (2 July 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first comic book adaptation to earn an R rating since Blade (1998). See more »


In some of the shots after Frank is sewn up by Joan, you can see the edges of the prosthetic stab wound on his chest. 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 »


Referenced in Punisher: Outbreak (2012) See more »


Jealous One
Written by J.C. Loader, Robert Stoney, Gregory Marchak and Doug Besterman
Published by Bull's Head Music (ASCAP) and Doug Besterman Music (ASCAP)
Performed by J.C. Loader
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User Reviews

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.


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