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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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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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Rated R for pervasive brutal violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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16 April 2004 (USA)  »

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$33,000,000 (estimated)

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$13,834,527 (USA) (16 April 2004)

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$421,053 (South Africa) (8 October 2004)
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Trivia

Pro Wrestler Kevin Nash had to cut his hair for his role. To explain the haircut to his wrestling fans, he "bet" his hair in a match against wrestler Chris Jericho. See more »

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As Castle is having dinner with Joan, Dave and Bumpo, right before his line, "Thanks for dinner," his left hand is on the table and his right hand under the table on his leg. In the very next shot, both his hands are on the table. See more »

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

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Fiesta Cuba
Written by J.B. Ayoub and L. Gayot
Published by Musiqe & Music (SACEM) and Hereinafter Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Studio Musicians
Courtesy of Opus 1 Production Music Library
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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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