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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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He has a plan... he has an enemy... this Summer... he will execute them both 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?


Micky Duka is heavily based on a character from the comic series, named Mickey Fondozzi, who worked as a mob informant for The Punisher. See more »


When Frank Castle's wife and child are in the Blazer trying to escape, it flips over, while flipping the hand on the steering wheel is wearing a black bracelet, when his wife crawls out of the car she is wearing no bracelets. The "black bracelets" are safety devices for the stunt driver, similar to what Sprint Car drivers wear to prevent their arms exiting the profile of the vehicle during "accidents" or stunts 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 »


Featured in Army of One: Punisher Origins (2004) See more »


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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User Reviews

Punisher too dark?
4 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Someone said that this movie was too dark for the genre...He must not have ever read any of the source material. The Punisher may be one of the darkest comic book characters ever created. This film and especially Thomas Jane, get that. This film is one of the better in the genre, because it sticks to the source better than most.

Yes, I am a fanboy. But I am a fan of action movies too. This movie took from some of the classics but made it their own. Its too bad that spiderman or superman fans cant see past the all superheros must be good guys...The Punisher is a different type of hero. The kind you wish we would never need, but also one that you may want.

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