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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:
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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:

Official site

Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Punisher 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

Gross USA:

$33,682,273
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

John Travolta allowed Thomas Jane to have his name first in the credits and advertising so that he could work on this project. In fact, he didn't mind it at all, allowing Jane to be put over so he can get recognition as the main character. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 30 mins) When Howard Saint asks Micky the date on the ticket when he finds out about his wife's fake affair, Micky says it was "September 5th, last Thursday." In the year the movie is set, 2003 (as shown as the year of death on Frank's tombstone) September 5th fell on a Friday. 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

The theatrical release contained a shot at the family reunion in which Roy Scheider accidentally knocks a glass of water into Thomas Jane's lap. This appears to have been removed from the US DVD. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Punisher: War Zone (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Slow Motion
Written by Nickelback
Produced by Joey Moi and Nickelback
Mixed by Joey Moi
Performed by Nickelback
Used by permission of Roadrunner Records Inc.
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A great movie for its genre
13 October 2004 | by AntiDotSee all my reviews

I went to see this movie solely because Thomas Jane is in it, who is my latest celeb crush after seeing Stander. I don't read comics, and therefore knows nothing of the comicbook hero, The Punisher/Frank Castle. I didn't expect much, same as I wouldn't (and didn't) of movies like Batman, Catwoman, or The Hulk.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I was actually impressed! (Not easy to do) The dramatic and violent story was amazingly well balanced with the comedy and one-liners. The violence was not half as bad as I expected (although the one with the guillotine and the one with the knife through the chin at the end a bit unsettling...) And I appreciated being spared explicit lovescenes or a corny romance between Frank and Joan. Even the swearing was piped down considerably.

Of course, this is not Oscar material, but the acting was satisfying, and the story not bad at all. One to enjoy...


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