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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.

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Mark Goldblatt

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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 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 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 society won't punish the guilty, he will. See more »


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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1989 (West Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut) (1990) (1995)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Albert Pyun was considered to direct but was unavailable due to working on the Jean-Claude Van Damme film Cyborg (1989). Dolph Lundgren later starred opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in Universal Soldier (1992) and Albert Pyun later directed the Marvel comic book movie Captain America (1990). See more »

Goofs

(at around 47 mins) When detectives Berkowitz and Leary go down into the sewers to search for The Punisher's lair, Berkowitz explains how he met Frank Castle. As they round a corner a film crew member's leg is visible in the corner of the shot, and they quickly move their leg out of the frame. See more »

Quotes

Gianni Franco: There's a limit to revenge, you know.
The Punisher: I guess I just haven't reached mine yet.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD released in R1 America (Artisan), R0 Korea (New World International) is the "R-Rated Theatrical" cut. It misses:
  • Sailor hand being chopped of by blade, on yacht (1 sec).
  • Close-up shot of nanny's head (face) and body sliding down, after being shot (2 secs).
  • Gangsters bodyguard being shot sitting down at restaurant, lots of blood (4 secs).
  • Mr Franco shooting a guard at Tanaka's building, close-up of head shot (1 sec).
  • The Punisher kicking a guard in the red room, we see his body fall through spikes (1 sec).
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Winning isn't Everything, It's the Only thing
Performed and Written by Bobby Laurel
Courtesy of Gary Lazar Productions
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User Reviews

Not nearly as bad as the IMDB rating leads you to believe
7 May 2004 | by watcherDHSee all my reviews

In fact, I have a suspicion that I will still like this one better even after the release of the new Punisher (2004).

That's because of a couple of reasons. Firstly, the acting. Dolph Lundgren acts very well in this film, portraying a grim, depressed, out of the ordinary action hero whose sole reason for living is revenge. Louis Gossett, jr. also does his best as Lundgren's former best friend. Jeroen Krabbe, in my opinion, is miscast as the big crime boss although he does his best.

Secondly, the action sequences are simply good. Lots of guns blazing, some decent camera angles and of course the whole 'red light' sequence near the end of the film, which I liked. The whole atmosphere of this movie is grim, gritty, depressed. Something I think the remake this year will not accomplish.

6/10


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