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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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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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Trivia

The film was originally going to open with a war sequence as we see Frank Castle fight as a soldier in the Gulf War, but it was taken out of the film because it was too expensive to film. See more »

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(at around 35 mins) After Saint's wife puts in the left earring given to her by her husband she drops her robe. Then her right earring is seen in her ear. 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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Classic Film making
23 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Wonderful Camera work and acting.

There are no flashy CGI effects in this movie or fictional superpowers. It relies more on traditional technique's and delivers beautifully.

The director has done a superb job with the severely underfunded budget taking us to a realistic location that serves two purposes cheaper production costs and somewhere original that looks and feels real. After all that is what the punisher movie is about, making a comic book character fit into the real world with realistic situations.

This guy could be anyone out there with a vendetta up against believable enemies. There are no superpowers on show here just a guy with a vendetta up against a powerful man that wants him killed who can afford to hire realistic killers with personality I might add, to do the job

This goes down as one of my favorite films of all time mainly because of the beautiful camera work and realistic gritty style action. I'll be definitely keeping an eye out for this director's work in the future.


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