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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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This Is Not Revenge. It's Punishment! See more »


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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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El castigador  »

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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

Total body count = 45. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 40 mins) When Castle shoots one of Saint's henchman using a bow & arrow, you can see that the henchman is shot in his back whilst looking towards, whom we see after the cross blur - Castle. This is impossible as in order for the arrow to enter the henchman's back he would need to face away from Castle. See more »

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[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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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 »

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Referenced in War Journal: On the Set of 'The Punisher' (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne (Opus 32, No. 1)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Eric Speier
Courtesy of Spirit Music Group on behalf of Eric Speier
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vigilante-style justice done right
17 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

If you like the old Clint Eastwood & Charles Bronson revenge movies then you'll like this film. Great pace and action that's gritty but extremely enjoyable. I can't say I knew anything about this Punisher character before seeing this film but I thoroughly enjoyed it none-the-less.

The Punisher is a shining example of revenge and vigilante-style justice done right. It's also yet another comic book adaptation done properly. In fact, this may be the first time I wished we could give half-vaults, because it was just that good. In the compendium of comic movies, this falls just shy of the two X-Men movies, but it is right there with Spider-Man and easily surpasses Batman, Superman and The Hulk. The fact that it is an R-rated movie killed any possible chance of decent box-office numbers, but it was a necessary step to take, and the quality of the movie just makes up for it. Hopefully this was Thomas Jane's breakout role.


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