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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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Jonathan Hensleigh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
A. Russell Andrews ... Jimmy Weeks (as Russell Andrews)
Omar Avila ... Joe Toro
James Carpinello ... Bobby Saint / John Saint
Mark Collie ... Harry Heck
Russell Durham Comegys ... Tattooed Mike (as Russ Comegys)
Antoni Corone ... T.J.
Rick Elmhurst Rick Elmhurst ... Bay News 9 Newscaster
Ben Foster ... Spacker Dave
Michael Reardon Michael Reardon ... Toro Croupier (as Michael Francis)
Laura Harring ... Livia Saint
William Haze ... EMT (as William Hasenzahl)
Thomas Jane ... Frank Castle (as Tom Jane)
Eddie Jemison ... Micky Duka
Marco St. John ... Police Chief Morris
Marcus Johns ... 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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Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El castigador See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jonathan Hensleigh's template was to make an R rated comic book movie as if it had been directed by Sam Peckinpah or Don Siegel. See more »

Goofs

(at around 24 mins) During the massacre at the Castle estate in Puerto Rico, when Maria attempts to escape with Will, she tells him to "run to the Jeep." It's a Chevy Blazer, but "a Jeep" is commonly used as a shorthand for an off-road car, not necessarily of a Jeep make. 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 Comics 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 »

Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was cut rather sloppily for violence (ca. 1,5 min.) to secure a "Not under 18" rating from the FSK. The uncut version is available on DVD and has no FSK rating but a JK/SPIO approval. See more »

Connections

References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Eyes Wired Shut
Written by Matt Moseman, Rick Wolking, Justin Middleton, Jeremy Rees, and Micah Creel
Published by One Precious Publishing and Wallachi Music Publishing, LLC (BMI)
All rights adm. by Wallachi Music Publishing, LLC (BMI)
Performed by Edgewater
Courtesy of Wind-up Records
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Classic revenge brought to our generation.
26 January 2006 | by TimLax51See all my reviews

This movie came onto the scene with very little fanfare. It isn't a CGI powerhouse. There's no Matrix/Kill Bill style fight scenes. But what it lacks in modern trends it more than makes up for in a good old fashioned revenge plot. Touting a story that would have been fit for a Clint Eastwood flick like Outlaw Josey Wales or Hang 'em High, the Punisher takes the viewer on journey into the soul of a gritty vigilante. Thomas Jane plays the lead role to perfection, his voice acting is incredible. Although this isn't your daddy's (or Dolph's) emotionless Punisher. He is much more cerebral here than in most of the other media he has popped up in, and more human, but not any more humane. Using the tried and true style of fist fights and pyrotechnics this movie keeps the character rooted in his all too mortal persona. The supporting characters turn in equally descent roles, the likes of John Travolta worked well, although nothing outstanding. No doubt about it, Thomas Jane ran away with this one. He's just a normal guy doing super-normal things, with a lot of gunfire and explosions to boot. If you are in the target demographic (Male aged 17-30) you will definitely enjoy this film. If not, proceed at your own risk.


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