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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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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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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

Five identical Pontiac GTOs were built (two were totally destroyed) for the movie. This muscle car was chosen the film to distance itself from the earlier Artisan version of The Punisher (1989) (in which action star Dolph Lundgren rode a motorcycle throughout). See more »

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The line Castle attaches to the anti-personnel mine vanishes and reappears between shots. 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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References The Sting (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Never Been in Love
Written by Stephen Lang, Jamie Dunlap and Scott Nickoley
Published by Revision West (BMI) and Red Engine Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Lewis LaMedica
Courtesy Marc Ferrari / MasterSource
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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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