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Punisher: War Zone (2008)

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

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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 has a name.


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

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USA | Canada | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Punisher 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,271,451, 7 December 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,948,159, 21 December 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,100,036, 15 March 2012
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character of NYPD Detective Marty Soap comes from the series "Welcome Back, Frank", the series that brought The Punisher back (after a long hiatus) by Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon and Jimmy Palmiotti. "Welcome Back" also featured the characters of The Punisher's apartment neighbors Joan, Spacker Dave, and Mister Bumpo, as well as the over-sized villain, The Russian. All of those characters appeared in the 2004 film. See more »

Goofs

Glock pistols are heard being cocked. Glocks do not have external hammers so they cannot be thumb-cocked. 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 »

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Written by Joe Principe (as Joseph Principe), Tim McIlrath (as Timothy McIlrath), Brandon Barnes and Zach Blair
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Hands Down one of the Best Punisher adaption, and one of the best comic movies ever!
6 December 2008 | by wrathchild1387See all my reviews

Just got back from this tonight and I was not disappointed! This is a better adaption then the 2004 version and 1989 version. For me, Ray Stevenson is THE PUNISHER!!!!I like Dolph and Tom's interpretation are good (though Tom Jane's performance is more of a Taxi Driver character then a Punisher), Stevenson was the best and showed a wider range of emotion, a great voice, fighting, guns, and all together look and feel of Frank Castle.

This is one of the best adaption of a comic in a long time, the back story for Frank Castle was right on target and though Jigsaw's origin is modified its a better origin. The casting for all characters was great (way to go Wayne for Microchip and Dominic for Jigsaw). Everyone fit perfect.

The story for the movie felt like a comic book, as The Punisher takes out criminals and how Jigsaw and his brother Looney Bin Jim wants revenge makes for great entertainment. But I do not want to spoil anything for moviegoers, if you enjoy comics, action, or revenge movies, check this one out.

For all the people who reviewed this movie and either bitch about the violence or didn't like this incarnation of The Punisher had no idea about the character nor even read the comic book or didn't start reading until after the 2004 version. So this is a great tribute to almost all incarnation of the Punisher in the comics and even a nod to the 1989 version too.

Though I like all the Punisher movies, I liked the 1989 version better then 2004 version, I think this is better then the 1989 and best adaption (it may seem like a broken record, but I feel it is necessary).

By all mean check out one of the best action and comic book movie in a long time. This brings back what action should be like. I too hope this will have a good box office return, as well for rentals and sales to bring more sequels! The producers are already in talks in for more and Barricuda could be the next villain!

Way to go Lexi and Ray and everybody involved working on this film, thank you for bringing back the PUNISHER!!!


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