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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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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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On April 16th, one man fights for justice, NATURAL JUSTICE. 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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$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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Jonathan Hensleigh wanted the music to be very emotional. When scoring the film, composer Carlo Siliotto saw Frank Castle as a tragic figure stating, "This man, Frank Castle, is somebody who has a slaughtered family. He comes through that slaughter, and becomes a punisher. But he's a sad man - he drinks, and he has bad memories always coming to him. There's a lot in the film, and at times it is like a modern version of classic tragedy like "Othello." See more »

Goofs

(at around 29 mins) Castle shoots and damages the grill of the red truck as it attempts to run him down. When we see the truck again moments later, the grill is undamaged. See more »

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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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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 »

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Referenced in The Strain: New York Strong (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Fiesta Cuba
Written by J.B. Ayoub and L. Gayot
Published by Musiqe & Music (SACEM) and Hereinafter Music (ASCAP)
Performed by Studio Musicians
Courtesy of Opus 1 Production Music Library
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Punisher too dark?
4 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Someone said that this movie was too dark for the genre...He must not have ever read any of the source material. The Punisher may be one of the darkest comic book characters ever created. This film and especially Thomas Jane, get that. This film is one of the better in the genre, because it sticks to the source better than most.

Yes, I am a fanboy. But I am a fan of action movies too. This movie took from some of the classics but made it their own. Its too bad that spiderman or superman fans cant see past the all superheros must be good guys...The Punisher is a different type of hero. The kind you wish we would never need, but also one that you may want.


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