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Punisher: War Zone (2008)

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Frank Castle, known as the Punisher, ruthlessly demolishes organized crime, but it starts an even bigger war.

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Lexi Alexander
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ray Stevenson ... Frank Castle
Dominic West ... Billy / Jigsaw
Doug Hutchison ... Loony Bin Jim
Colin Salmon ... Paul Budiansky
Wayne Knight ... Micro
Dash Mihok ... Martin Soap
Julie Benz ... Angela
Stephanie Janusauskas ... Grace
Mark Camacho ... Pittsy
Romano Orzari ... Nicky
Keram Malicki-Sánchez ... Ink
Larry Day ... Agent Miller
Ron Lea ... Captain Ross
Tony Calabretta ... Saffiotti
T.J. Storm ... Maginty
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Storyline

Frank Castle, the ex-military man whose family was killed by criminals, who became a vigilante known as the Punisher, goes after a whole mob family and gets everyone except enforcer Billy Russoti. He tracks Russoti down and chases him into a vat that is used for crushing bottles. Frank turns on the crusher hoping it would take care of him but it doesn't. He survives but sustains very severe injuries that even with plastic surgery his face looks like a jigsaw puzzle. So he decides to adopt the name Jigsaw. Frank who killed one of Russoti's people who unknown to him is an undercover Fed, decides to pack it in. But when he learns Russoti didn't die and is looking for the money he entrusted to the Fed and will go looking for it at his home which means his family is in danger. So Frank tries to save them. But Russoti wants revenge on Frank so he breaks out his brother who is so crazed that he is committed to an asylum, to deal with him. And also another Fed who's a friend of the man Frank ... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Vengeance is Coming. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive strong brutal violence, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Originally, this film was going to be a direct sequel to The Punisher (2004), with Thomas Jane returning in the role of Frank Castle. It was to be set five years after the 2004 film and would see Frank Castle arrive in New York and taking on Jigsaw, who is plotting to take control of the criminal underworld. However, when Jane declined, the film was rebooted and the script was rewritten and Ray Stevenson was cast as Frank Castle. However, Jane did reprise the role in the 2012 short film The Punisher: Dirty Laundry (2012). See more »

Goofs

(at around 16 mins) When the Punisher is walking down a flight of stairs to the subway, the sign behind him reads '13th Street and 5th Avenue.' There is no subway station on 13th Street and 5th Avenue in New York City. See more »

Quotes

[Jigsaw and his gang break into the Donatelli home]
Grace: Mommy!
Loony Bin Jim: Boo.
Billy Russoti: Hello, Mrs. Donatelli or will you be calling yourself "Miss" from now on?
Angela: What do you want from us?
Billy Russoti: I'm looking for my money, which your rat of a husband stole from me.
Angela: But we don't have it, I swear to God!
[Jigsaw considers that, then lunges down, putting his face next to Grace's]
Billy Russoti: How about you, sweet cheeks? Would you also like to swear on an imaginary friend?
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Alternate Versions

German retail video version was cut by approx. 1 minute to secure a "Not under 18" rating. The uncut version was released with a SPIO/JK approval but can be sold only with restrictions. See more »

Connections

References Death Wish II (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Historia Calamitatum
Written by Joe Principe (as Joseph Principe), Tim McIlrath (as Timothy McIlrath), Brandon Barnes and Zach Blair
Performed by Rise Against
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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More Faithful to The Punisher comic books!
2 February 2010 | by everhardtaustinSee all my reviews

OK first thing people say about it is that its not as good as the first one. Which i can respect that opinion, but if you watch both movies you realize they are two different movies! This one shows the more brutal, and carefree Punisher that all comic book fans know and love! Where the first one is the emotional side(which is not a bad thing). War Zone steps away from the death of his family a little, and focuses on the other aspects of The Punisher. Ray Stevenson in my opinion is the perfect punisher, hes mean, rough looking, and has the perfect attitude! Now I will give you the fact that the acting is kinda off, but aside from that, this is a great, balls to the wall action flick! Check it out, and make your own opinion! Both films are great! Just watch it with a very opened mind! Enjoy!


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Country:

USA | Canada | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Punisher: Welcome Back, Frank See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,271,451, 7 December 2008

Gross USA:

$8,050,977

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,161,493
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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