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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 ...
Bay News 9 Newscaster
Michael Reardon ...
Toro Croupier (as Michael Francis)
EMT (as William Hasenzahl)
Frank Castle (as Tom Jane)
Will Castle


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 »

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 USA:

$13,834,527, 18 April 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,682,273, 4 July 2004
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


For inspiration, Jonathan Hensleigh and his cinematographer Conrad W. Hall watched dozens of action films from the 60s and 70s, such as the Dirty Harry series, The Getaway (1972), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), The Godfather (1972) and Bonnie and Clyde (1967). See more »


(at around 1h 12 mins) 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 »


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


Go West Young Man
Written by Billy Martin
Published by Red Engine Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Billy Martin
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari / MasterSource
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I enjoyed everything about this dark tale.
19 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Punisher put my faith back into revenge movies. The action in this film is unbelievable and grim. I found myself not wanting the story to end. Many of the movies based on superheroes in a comic book tend not to sticks gritty and real. This one was and then some. The movie has surpassed my expectation and I certainly look forward Punisher 2.

The next film sets itself up for a kick butt start. They should take a page from X2 or the Lethal Weapon series and just open the next film with a wild battle. You can grab the viewer right away and still tell your full story right after. I hope the entire cast as well as the director returns because they crafted one quality origin story here. In summary, I enjoyed everything about this dark tale.

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