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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

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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Judge. Jury. Executioner. All in a day's work. 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

The film was rebooted as The Punisher (2004) with Thomas Jane as Frank Castle. Unlike this film, the 2004 film was based on the comic books, "Welcome Back, Frank", and "Punisher: Year One". See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 10 mins) After the Japanese henchmen are shot at through the paper screen, the very last extra to be shot dies unconvincingly. He slowly drops to his knees, leans forward, and carefully places his weapon down. See more »

Quotes

Sam Leary: How long do you think someone can live after you've cut out their heart?
Frank Castle: A long... time.
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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 »

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Referenced in LittleBigPlanet 2 (2011) See more »

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

GREAT FILM THANKS TO THE ACTORS CHOSEN
6 May 2002 | by Big Movie FanSee all my reviews

The Punisher was one of the better Marvel films adapted from a comic-thanks mainly to the casting.

Dolph Lungdren was an excellent choice as The Punisher and I cannot imagine anyone else being able to play it as well as he did. His facial expressions were so convincing throughout the movie;you really could believe that he was Frank Castle, a man whose family had been butchered. It was probably one of Dolph's best roles since playing He-Man in Masters of the Universe. The Punisher is a dangerous and pessimistic character and Dolph played it great.

Louis Gossett Jr. played Jake Berkowitz who had been chasing The Punisher for years and the lovely Nancy Everhard played his sidekick.

Jeroen Krabbe played crime boss Gianni Franco and he too did a brilliant job. He wasn't the stereotypical gangster. He made Gianni Franco into an intriguing character.

The casting for this film was brilliant so all that was needed after that was lots of action. And lots of action is exactly what we got. It was very vicious at times and I found myself flinching at times but it was great action.

I do wish there had been a sequel to this film.


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