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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


This Is Not Revenge. It's Punishment! 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 bounty hunter's actual name was Harry "Heck" Thornton but was truncated to avoid confusion with the actor Billy Bob Thornton. In Welcome Back Frank, he does not carry a guitar or sing. See more »


When Frank's father is giving his speech to the family, he spills his drink on Frank's lap which causes Frank to look down. In the next shot, Frank is looking up at his father. 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 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (2016) See more »


Written by Shaun Morgan (as Shaun Welgemoed) and Dale Stewart
Published by Seether Publishing and Dwight Frye Music, Inc. (BMI)
All rights adm. by Dwight Frye Music, Inc.
Performed by Seether featuring Amy Lee
Courtesy of Wind-up Records
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Classic Film making
23 February 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Wonderful Camera work and acting.

There are no flashy CGI effects in this movie or fictional superpowers. It relies more on traditional technique's and delivers beautifully.

The director has done a superb job with the severely underfunded budget taking us to a realistic location that serves two purposes cheaper production costs and somewhere original that looks and feels real. After all that is what the punisher movie is about, making a comic book character fit into the real world with realistic situations.

This guy could be anyone out there with a vendetta up against believable enemies. There are no superpowers on show here just a guy with a vendetta up against a powerful man that wants him killed who can afford to hire realistic killers with personality I might add, to do the job

This goes down as one of my favorite films of all time mainly because of the beautiful camera work and realistic gritty style action. I'll be definitely keeping an eye out for this director's work in the future.

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