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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frank Castle
... Jake Berkowitz
... Gianni Franco (as Jeroen Krabbe)
... Lady Tanaka
Bryan Marshall ... Dino Moretti
... Sam Leary
... Shake
Brian Rooney ... Tommy Franco
Zoska Aleece ... Tanaka's Daughter (as Zoshka Mizak)
Kenji Yamaki ... Sato
Hirofumi Kanayama ... Tomio
Larry McCormick ... TV Newsreader
... Tarrone
... Laccone (as Larney Tupu)
Gianfranco Negroponte ... Musso (as John Negroponte)
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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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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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| (heavily cut) (1990) (1995)

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(4 channels)

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1.85 : 1
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This film is considered an "Ozploitation" (Australian exploitation) picture. See more »

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(at around 1h 11 mins) While Frank Castle is fighting a Japanese Swordsman, a holstered gun on Castle's back disappears. Moments later, it re-appears in the holster. The weapon wasn't touched by anybody. See more »

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The Punisher: I PUNISH THE GUILTY!
Shake: And as a result the innocent must suffer?
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Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: The Punisher #60 (2015) See more »

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Winning isn't Everything, It's the Only thing
Performed and Written by Bobby Laurel
Courtesy of Gary Lazar Productions
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The Punisher
16 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

"The Punisher" (1990) starring Dolph Lundgren and Louis Gossett, Jr. is a movie adaptation of the Marvel Comics character about a presumed dead police officer who wages a one man war on crime. In this big screen adaptation, The Punisher (Lundgren) rises from the sewers to battle the Yakuza (Japanese mafia) who have come to America to try to force the current reigning Franco crime family, headed by Gianni Franco (Jeroen Krabbe) out of business. To do this, the Yakuza headed by Lady Tanaka (Kim Miyori) have kidnapped the children of all the crime bosses. The Punisher reluctantly enters into this complex triangle to try to rescue the children.

I must say that "The Punisher" is a rather solid adaptation of the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Dolph Lundgren proves that he can carry a movie. He can really kick some a** in this film. The action scenes may prove to be the best parts of this movie. Probably the best action sequence is the scene where The Punisher drops through a glass window and begins shooting up a casino.

"The Punisher" get 2 ½ stars out of 5.


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