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The Punisher (2004)

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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EMT (as William Hasenzahl)
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Jimmy Weeks (as Russell Andrews)
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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

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This Is Not Revenge. It's Punishment! See more »


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Rated R for pervasive brutal violence, language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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16 April 2004 (USA)  »

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El castigador  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,834,527 (USA) (18 April 2004)

Gross:

$33,682,273 (USA) (4 July 2004)
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Trivia

(at around 52 mins) When Dave is reading Frank Castle's biography, he says that Castle worked for "CTU," the Counter-Terrorism Unit. CTU is a fictional government agency in the TV series 24 (2001). See more »

Goofs

(at around 23 mins) In the beach shootout scene when Frank's family is killed, Frank and his father are trying to kill a man who has taken cover behind the outdoor BBQ. Frank kills the man by shooting the propane tank with his shotgun causing it to explode. However this would not actually happen, shooting a propane tank with a gun, even a shotgun would not make it explode. Now the shotgun might have enough power (depending on what kind of loads Frank was using) to penetrate the propane tank, but it would not cause it to explode. In order for the propane to explode it would need an ignition source. Most people think that shooting a metal can with a gun will make a spark, but this is not true. Almost all bullets have a copper jacket and a lead tip, and neither lead nor copper make sparks when they hit metal. While Frank was using a shotgun, which has BB's instead of bullets, almost all shotgun pellets are made from either lead or copper, so they would not create a spark. 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 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 »

Connections

Features Full Spectrum Warrior (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

In Time
Written by Coley McCabe and Mark Collie
Published by Shangri-La Lane Publishing (ASCAP), Hardin Creek Music Publishing (BMI). and On The Way Music (BMI)
Performed by Mark Collie aka "Harry Heck"
Courtesy of Wind-up Records
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Well written and casted, Beautiful cinematography.
7 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Though I was unfamiliar with the comic book character, I was impressed with the all around quality of the production. It didn't hurt to have the cosmically beautiful Laura Harring (mullholland drive)cast as Saint's wife. Should have had more of her character. Thomas Jane turned in a very worthy performance, as I think it's difficult to play these comic book characters without causing nausea and guffaws. Interesting that there was a bit of philosophy re society and it's criminal element, kudos to the director/writer for a cogent screenplay. Did Jane remind anyone of the french actor in the original Immortal? i.e. his guttural delivery and dour countenance.


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