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The Punisher (2004)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Weeks (as Russell Andrews)
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


On April 16th, one man fights for justice, NATURAL JUSTICE. 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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$33,682,273 (USA) (2 July 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tony Ciccone was the original choice for picture editor by Jonathan Hensleigh. A breakout opportunity for the nascent editor. However, when more funding was made available, veteran editor Steven Kemper was hired, having prior worked for producer Gale Anne Hurd. See more »


After Frank has dinner with Joan, there is shot of Frank walking toward the window. The shot changes to Joan's perspective, and we see Frank looking up towards the curtains. In the next shot (directly after) there is a close up of Frank's face and he is no longer looking up, he is looking out the window. 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 Punisher: Outbreak (2012) See more »


Bodega Street Corner
Written by Ali Dee, Zach Danziger and Vincent Alfieri
Published by Spirit One Music on behalf of Canvas One Music (BMI)
Performed by El Berhknokies
Courtesy of Spirit Music Group on behalf of Deetown Productions
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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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