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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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Frank Castle has died...but has been reborn as THE PUNISHER. See more »


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

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$33,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$33,682,273 (USA) (2 July 2004)
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(at around 1h 30 mins) The declaration that Frank Castle writes near the end of the film, listing the basis of his vigilante philosophy in numbered order, form the beginning of his war journal, an ongoing diary of his campaign against organized crime. It was the basis for the long-running comic book "The Punisher War Journal". See more »

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(at around 28 mins) The truck that is used to kill Castle's family (in Puerto Rico) has a front license plate. License plates in Puerto Rico are only displayed in the back of the car, as you are only given one plate for the car. 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 Nostalgia Critic: Blade (2016) See more »

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Broken
Written by Shaun Morgan (as Shaun Welgemoed) and Dale Stewart
Published by Seether Publishing and Dwight Frye Music, Inc. (BMI)
All rights adm. by Dwight Frye Music, Inc.
Performed by Seether featuring Amy Lee
Courtesy of Wind-up Records
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Tom Jane is absolutely breathtaking!
8 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of those movies that make you wonder why every movie isn't as good. However, if you are aren't the type that likes intense violence and content a bit more mature than PG, then I don't recommend this at all to you.

Tom Jane plays Frank Castle, a broken and confused F.B.I. agent who loses his family to a band of mobsters, who horrifically slaughter every last one of the members of his family, including his extended family. The pain and anger that he deals with causes him to become what he used to hunt down, a murderer who slaughters criminals day and night. His first target is the man responsible for his family's murder, a man named Howard Saint (terrifically played by John Travolta). The suspense and excitement experienced throughout the film eventually unfurls into a dramatic and astonishing conclusion that movie-goers will never forget.

I can't think of anything more to say about this movie, so I will say this: The value of this movie is beyond words. At least 10x better than the original 1989 film starring Dolph Lundgren as the executioner, this is a memorable and unforgettable film that is guaranteed to leave you in awe.

10/10!


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