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The Punisher (1989)

When Frank Castle's family is murdered by criminals, he wages war on crime as a vigilante assassin known only as the Punisher.

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Gianni Franco (as Jeroen Krabbe)
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Tanaka's Daughter (as Zoshka Mizak)
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Hirofumi Kanayama ...
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Laccone (as Larney Tupu)
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Musso (as John Negroponte)
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Based on the Marvel Comic, Dolph Lundgren is Frank Castle an ex-cop who lives in the sewers and acts as judge, jury, and executioner to the city's criminals in retaliation for the unpunished murders of his wife and kids. Frank's ex-partner Jake (Louis Gossett Jr.) finally catches up with the vigilante as he tries to stop the Japanese mob, which is trying to take over the city's mafia operation. Written by Matt Carlin <ghola@umich.edu>

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If society won't punish the guilty, he will. See more »


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5 October 1989 (West Germany)  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)
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| (heavily cut) (1990) (1995)

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1.85 : 1
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3 years later, Dolph Lundgren would star opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme in 1992's Universal Soldier (1992). That same year, Jean-Claude Van Damme starred in the post-apocalyptic action film Cyborg (1989), which he stars as a vengeful mercenary whom goes after the evil gang that murdered his family, that have kidnapped a female cyborg. In this film, Frank Castle (Lundgren) a vigilante assassin whose family was murdered by criminals, agrees to help a mafia boss rescue his son from the Yakuza. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 10 mins) After the lights go off, some goons shoot at where two characters are standing, only to find them gone when the emergency lights come on. Not a single bullet hole is visible in the Japanese paper screen they were standing before, however. See more »

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The Punisher: Come on god, answer me. for years I'm asking why, why are the innocent dead and the guilty alive? Where is justice? Where is punishment? Or have you already answered, have you already said to the world here is justice, here is punishment, here, in me.
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Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: The Punisher #60 (2015) See more »

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Vicious Minds
Written by Harry Garfield
Performed by Hobo & Habby
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Not nearly as bad as the IMDB rating leads you to believe
7 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

In fact, I have a suspicion that I will still like this one better even after the release of the new Punisher (2004).

That's because of a couple of reasons. Firstly, the acting. Dolph Lundgren acts very well in this film, portraying a grim, depressed, out of the ordinary action hero whose sole reason for living is revenge. Louis Gossett, jr. also does his best as Lundgren's former best friend. Jeroen Krabbe, in my opinion, is miscast as the big crime boss although he does his best.

Secondly, the action sequences are simply good. Lots of guns blazing, some decent camera angles and of course the whole 'red light' sequence near the end of the film, which I liked. The whole atmosphere of this movie is grim, gritty, depressed. Something I think the remake this year will not accomplish.

6/10


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