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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

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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?


The last film to be produced by Artisan Entertainment. See more »


When the pictures of Quentin Glass are thrown at Howard Saint they can be seen as thrown above him and to his side, but in the next shot, they are all in a pile all facing upwards. 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 Zero (2011) See more »


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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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User Reviews

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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