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The Punisher (2004)

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An undercover FBI agent becomes a vigilante assassin and sets out to unleash his wrath upon the corrupt businessman who slaughtered his entire family at a reunion.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jimmy Weeks (as Russell Andrews)
... Joe Toro
... Bobby Saint / John Saint
... Harry Heck
... Tattooed Mike (as Russ Comegys)
... T.J.
Rick Elmhurst ... Bay News 9 Newscaster
... Spacker Dave
Michael Reardon ... Toro Croupier (as Michael Francis)
... Livia Saint
... EMT (as William Hasenzahl)
... Frank Castle (as Tom Jane)
... Micky Duka
... Police Chief Morris
... Will Castle
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Storyline

Special agent Frank Castle had it all: A loving family, a great life, and an adventurous job. But when his life is taken away from him by a ruthless criminal and his associates, Frank has become reborn. Now serving as judge, jury, and executioner, he's a new kind of vigilante out to wage a one man war against those who have done him wrong. Written by Mystic80

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Rated R for pervasive brutal violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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16 April 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,834,527, 18 April 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,682,273, 4 July 2004
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Seeing as he had only one involvement with the creation of the original Punisher character; (changing the character from 'The Assassin' to 'The Punisher') this is one of the few movies based on a Marvel Comic in which Stan Lee does not appear. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 45 mins) When the pictures of Quentin Glass are thrown at Howard Saint they can be seen as thrown above him and to his side, but in the next shot, they are all in a pile all facing upwards. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bobby Saint: So I'm gonna get a three-to-one return on my money?
Micky Duka: Otto is the real deal. I met him at a hash bar in Amsterdam. He speaks Russian, German, Arabic...
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Crazy Credits

The Marvel logo features comic-book images of the Punisher in its pages; after it fully forms, it is shot three times and "bleeds" white paint which forms the Punisher's skull, and the film's title. See more »

Connections

References The Sting (1973) See more »

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Bodega Street Corner
Written by Ali Dee, Zach Danziger, and Vincent Alfieri
Published by Spirit One Music on behalf of Canvas One Music (BMI)
Performed by El Berhknokies
Courtesy of Spirit Music Group on behalf of Deetown Productions
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I enjoyed everything about this dark tale.
19 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

The Punisher put my faith back into revenge movies. The action in this film is unbelievable and grim. I found myself not wanting the story to end. Many of the movies based on superheroes in a comic book tend not to sticks gritty and real. This one was and then some. The movie has surpassed my expectation and I certainly look forward Punisher 2.

The next film sets itself up for a kick butt start. They should take a page from X2 or the Lethal Weapon series and just open the next film with a wild battle. You can grab the viewer right away and still tell your full story right after. I hope the entire cast as well as the director returns because they crafted one quality origin story here. In summary, I enjoyed everything about this dark tale.


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