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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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Special agent Frank Castle becomes a vigilante for justice.

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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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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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16 April 2004 (USA)  »

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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

Frank Castle manipulating Howard Saint into murdering Livia Saint and Quentin Glass, by making Saint think that Livia and Glass are having an affair was written as a nod to "License to Kill" - James Bond manipulates Franz Sanchez into killing Milton Crest, by making Sanchez think Crest hired someone to kill him. See more »

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When Saint is tied to the car and the explosions are happening, his lower half catches fire. In the next shot, he is not on fire. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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Soundtracks

Nocturne (Opus 32, No. 1)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Eric Speier
Courtesy of Spirit Music Group on behalf of Eric Speier
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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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