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
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Producer Robert Mark Kamen revised and rewrote Boaz Yakin's original screenplay to make a few changes including adding a 'Lethal Weapon'-like prologue which was filmed but ultimately omitted in the editing room, only leaving flashbacks, like in Yakin's initial script. See more »
(at around 47 mins) When detectives Berkowitz and Leary go down into the sewers to search for The Punisher's lair, Berkowitz explains how he met Frank Castle. As they round a corner a film crew member's leg is visible in the corner of the shot, and they quickly move their leg out of the frame. See more »
The Punisher was one of the better Marvel films adapted from a comic-thanks mainly to the casting.
Dolph Lungdren was an excellent choice as The Punisher and I cannot imagine anyone else being able to play it as well as he did. His facial expressions were so convincing throughout the movie;you really could believe that he was Frank Castle, a man whose family had been butchered. It was probably one of Dolph's best roles since playing He-Man in Masters of the Universe. The Punisher is a dangerous and pessimistic character and Dolph played it great.
Louis Gossett Jr. played Jake Berkowitz who had been chasing The Punisher for years and the lovely Nancy Everhard played his sidekick.
Jeroen Krabbe played crime boss Gianni Franco and he too did a brilliant job. He wasn't the stereotypical gangster. He made Gianni Franco into an intriguing character.
The casting for this film was brilliant so all that was needed after that was lots of action. And lots of action is exactly what we got. It was very vicious at times and I found myself flinching at times but it was great action.
I do wish there had been a sequel to this film.
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