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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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This Is Not Revenge. It's Punishment! 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

Jonathan Hensleigh was dismayed before filming began when he learned that he wasn't going to be given sufficient budget for a top flight action movie. He felt he needed in the region of $64 million but was only given $15 million instead, and only 52 days to shoot the picture. Hensleigh had to rewrite a lot of his original script to accommodate this reduction in budget and shooting schedule. See more »

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In the gunfight between Castle and the man who is about to get blown up by the propane tanks, a salad bowl is clearly seen being toppled over and in the next shot it is normal again, and then shot. See more »

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[first lines]
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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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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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vigilante-style justice done right
17 January 2005 | by (East Riding of Yorkshire) – See all my reviews

If you like the old Clint Eastwood & Charles Bronson revenge movies then you'll like this film. Great pace and action that's gritty but extremely enjoyable. I can't say I knew anything about this Punisher character before seeing this film but I thoroughly enjoyed it none-the-less.

The Punisher is a shining example of revenge and vigilante-style justice done right. It's also yet another comic book adaptation done properly. In fact, this may be the first time I wished we could give half-vaults, because it was just that good. In the compendium of comic movies, this falls just shy of the two X-Men movies, but it is right there with Spider-Man and easily surpasses Batman, Superman and The Hulk. The fact that it is an R-rated movie killed 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.


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