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The Punisher (2004)

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

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Jimmy Weeks (as Russell Andrews)
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Tattooed Mike (as Russ Comegys)
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Toro Croupier (as Michael Francis)
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EMT (as William Hasenzahl)
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Frank Castle (as Tom Jane)
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Will Castle
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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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On April 16th, one man fights for justice, NATURAL JUSTICE. See more »


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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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Box Office

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$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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

(at around 30 mins) The location of the blood squib under Castle's shirt on the pier lines up with the hole in his shirt after he is rescued. The resulting scar from his gunshot is higher and more to the center of his chest rather than the location of the squib/hole in his shirt. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #33.3 (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Summertime
Written by Eail Sundance Sheppard
Published by Red Engine Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Eail Sundance Sheppard
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari / MasterSource
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Classic revenge brought to our generation.
26 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie came onto the scene with very little fanfare. It isn't a CGI powerhouse. There's no Matrix/Kill Bill style fight scenes. But what it lacks in modern trends it more than makes up for in a good old fashioned revenge plot. Touting a story that would have been fit for a Clint Eastwood flick like Outlaw Josey Wales or Hang 'em High, the Punisher takes the viewer on journey into the soul of a gritty vigilante. Thomas Jane plays the lead role to perfection, his voice acting is incredible. Although this isn't your daddy's (or Dolph's) emotionless Punisher. He is much more cerebral here than in most of the other media he has popped up in, and more human, but not any more humane. Using the tried and true style of fist fights and pyrotechnics this movie keeps the character rooted in his all too mortal persona. The supporting characters turn in equally descent roles, the likes of John Travolta worked well, although nothing outstanding. No doubt about it, Thomas Jane ran away with this one. He's just a normal guy doing super-normal things, with a lot of gunfire and explosions to boot. If you are in the target demographic (Male aged 17-30) you will definitely enjoy this film. If not, proceed at your own risk.


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