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The Punisher (1989)

When Frank Castle's family is murdered by criminals, he wages war on crime as a vigilante assassin known only as The Punisher.

Director:

Mark Goldblatt

Writer:

Boaz Yakin

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolph Lundgren ... Frank Castle
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Jake Berkowitz
Jeroen Krabbé ... Gianni Franco (as Jeroen Krabbe)
Kim Miyori ... Lady Tanaka
Bryan Marshall ... Dino Moretti
Nancy Everhard ... Sam Leary
Barry Otto ... Shake
Brian Rooney Brian Rooney ... Tommy Franco
Zoska Aleece Zoska Aleece ... Tanaka's Daughter (as Zoshka Mizak)
Kenji Yamaki Kenji Yamaki ... Sato
Hirofumi Kanayama Hirofumi Kanayama ... Tomio
Larry McCormick ... TV Newsreader
Todd Boyce ... Tarrone
Lani John Tupu ... Laccone (as Larney Tupu)
Gianfranco Negroponte Gianfranco Negroponte ... Musso (as John Negroponte)
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Storyline

Based on the Marvel Comic, Dolph Lundgren is Frank Castle an ex-cop who lives in the sewers and acts as judge, jury, and executioner to the city's criminals in retaliation for the unpunished murders of his wife and kids. Frank's ex-partner Jake (Louis Gossett Jr.) finally catches up with the vigilante as he tries to stop the Japanese mob, which is trying to take over the city's mafia operation. Written by Matt Carlin <ghola@umich.edu>

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If you're innocent, he's just the protection you want - and all the protection you'll need. But if you're guilty...Pray the cops find you before he does. See more »


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Trivia

Originally, director Mark Goldblatt wanted to shoot the film in 2:35.1 anamorphic widescreen, however the studio balked at the idea, which he regrets. See more »

Goofs

When Frank Castle escapes from the rack (stretching table), he is slowly unscrewing the wingnut on the metal clamp holding his hand in place and as he is still doing so, he calls the two men over. Just as they arrive, he unlatches the one wrist clamp but somehow, suddenly, both hands are free enabling him to shoot them down. He could not have had time to undo his other hand during that sequence. See more »

Quotes

Shake: I bring you news, you give me grief.
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Alternate Versions

The R2 Germany (Starlight Film - Ungeschnitten) version is cut by one second. It is missing a close-up shot of the nanny's head (face) sliding down, after being shot (1 secs). It was also released in a lower rating FSK 16 version with approx 5 minutes of violence cut to the film. See more »


Soundtracks

Vicious Minds
Written by Harry Garfield
Performed by Hobo & Habby
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User Reviews

Quite possibly Dolph Lundgren's best film ever
23 November 2001 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING:*****Unmissable****Very Good***Okay**You Could Go Out For A Meal Instead*Avoid At All Costs

Adapted from a little known comic book of the same name,The Punisher is a ceaselessly exciting thrill-ride with action like you've never seen before.Many consider Dolph the most dramatically talented out the action hero bunch (Willis,Seagal,Van Damme,Schwarzenegger et al)and many may be put off here by what could be interpreted as a blank,stationary performance.In fact,what this is is a frank,startling portrayal of a man unable to emit mercy to his opponents simply because he is emotionally unable to.Like the best,it also has a sensible,compact running time,running in at just under an hour and a half,making it all the more irristible to the action conesseur.****


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Details

Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1989 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut) (1990) (1995) | (Workprint Version)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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