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In a senseless moment, retired FBI agent and Gulf war veteran Frank Castle's (Thomas Jane) extended family is brutally mass murdered by John Saint (James Carpinello), son of Tampa crime boss Howard Saint (John Travolta) and his wife Livia (Laura Harring) and Quentin Glass, Saint's sadistic lieutenant Quentin Glass (Will Patton), as revenge against Castle, whom Howard Saint blames for the death of his son, John's twin brother Bobby whom was killed in a FBI sting operation. The entire extended family is slain and only Castle survives. 5 months after the incident, Castle resurfaces in Tampa. After torturing and interrogating Saint's lackey Mickey Duka (Eddie Jemison) for information, Castle sets out to put his plan of unleashing violent vengeance upon Saint into motion, as Castle sets out to manipulate Saint into murdering both Livia and Quentin by making Saint believe Livia and Quentin are having an affair and Castle remakes himself as a vigilante killer called "The Punisher", whom punishes criminals that have gone unpunished by the justice system for their crimes and Saint is Castle's first victim as The Punisher, as Castle intends to punish Saint for the mass murder of his entire family.

In one particular trailer, there are two songs used: the first being Celldweller's "Switchback," the second is "Step Up" by Drowning Pool. In many of the TV spots, "So Far Away" by Staind was played.

It's called "In Time" by Mark Collie. Harry Heck only sings two verses of the song. The first 50 seconds of the song by Mark Collie is also looped as the DVD Menu music.

Castle drove a Pontiac GTO, Heck a Plymouth Roadrunner.

"La donna mobile", from the opera "Rigoletto", written by Giuseppe Verdi.

He used an M4A1 carbine, with an M203 grenade launcher mounted underneath.

While Bobby panicked and pointed his guns towards the Russians, the Russians mistook the motion for an attempt on their boss. The Russians opened fire, killing Bobby. Then the FBI killed the Russians.

The reason the Saints blame Castle is because the deal between Bobby/Mickey and the Russians was brokered by "Otto Krieg". They find out that Krieg was actually undercover FBI Agent Frank Castle. The Saint's logic was that Castle was the reason they were all in on the same deal together and therefore the reason Bobby was killed. Not to mention, the Russians were dead, so "Krieg" was the only one left to blame.

Those hoping for more action and violence in the Extended Cut will be disappointed. Nearly all of the new scenes feature extended plot sequences, making the long comic adaptation even longer. Fans might like the new version, though. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.

This is explained in the extended cut which runs approximately 16 minutes longer than the theatrical version.

In the theatrical version we just assume that the information was bought. But in the extended cut we find out that Frank's old partner Jimmy Weeks had a bit of a gambling problem and at one point stole money from an evidence locker to pay off his debts with the Toro brothers, who happen to be allied with Howard Saint. Saint blackmails Jimmy saying they would release this information to the FBI if he didn't tell them everything he knew about Otto Krieg. Jimmy then gives them Otto's real name; Frank Castle. There's a deleted scene where Castle confronts Weeks about his selling of the information and the gambling debts. It's also mentioned in the movie tie-in novel.

Yes. It was going to take place 5 years later, which Frank Castle would arrive in New York City, continuing his crusade as The Punisher and Castle would take on Jigsaw, as he plots to take control of the criminal underworld. But, Thomas Jane decided to pull out of the sequel, but however, he did reprise the role for the short film "Punisher: Dirty Laundry". Instead of recasting the role, it was decided that the sequel would be a reboot, which ignored the 2004 film and would be true to the comic book in terms of extreme graphic violence and Ray Stevenson was cast as Frank Castle. 2004's "The Punisher was inspired by and followed closely the popular Punisher graphic novel "Welcome Back Frank".


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