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The Punisher (2004)

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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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Jonathan Hensleigh
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
A. Russell Andrews ... Jimmy Weeks (as Russell Andrews)
Omar Avila ... Joe Toro
James Carpinello ... Bobby Saint / John Saint
Mark Collie ... Harry Heck
Russell Durham Comegys ... Tattooed Mike (as Russ Comegys)
Antoni Corone ... T.J.
Rick Elmhurst Rick Elmhurst ... Bay News 9 Newscaster
Ben Foster ... Spacker Dave
Michael Reardon Michael Reardon ... Toro Croupier (as Michael Francis)
Laura Harring ... Livia Saint
William Haze ... EMT (as William Hasenzahl)
Thomas Jane ... Frank Castle (as Tom Jane)
Eddie Jemison ... Micky Duka
Marco St. John ... Police Chief Morris
Marcus Johns ... Will Castle
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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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Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Punisher See more »

Filming Locations:

Florida, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,834,527, 18 April 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$33,682,273, 4 July 2004
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Runtime:

| (extended cut)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Frank's tenement building was located at the corner of N. Nebraska Ave. and E. Zack St., directly across the street from the Tampa Amtrak station. It was a fairly well known local landmark due to it's unusual shape, but has since been demolished. See more »

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(at around 1h 3 mins) When the guitar player comes into the diner, he sits down and, while smoking his cigarette, opens his guitar case. As he does so, his cigarette repeatedly jumps back and forth from his mouth to his hand between shots. See more »

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[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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The Marvel Comics 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 »

Alternate Versions

An unrated extended cut was released on DVD in the US November 2006, featuring 17 minutes of additional footage, expanding the film to nearly two and a half hours at 140 minutes total. See more »

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Much better than the 1990 version

Frank Castle, a government agent, completes a sting operation during an illegals weapons sale and in doing so the son of Howard Saint, a ruthless Miami mobster, is killed. The bust was Castle's last job and he leaves the service and goes to a family reunion in the Caribbean, but unknown to him, Saint has tracked him and sends out hit men who massacre Castles entire family - wife, child, parents, cousins, everyone. Then they shoot and leave him for dead and The Punisher, a vigilante that is a force to be reckoned with, is born.

Director Jonathan Hensleigh has changed the story around from the original comic book. Many changes were for budget reasons, but also updates in time to bring the story into the present (2004ish) and not the 1970s when the Punisher originally debuted with Marvel. However, the ruthless spirit of a powerful avenger is here and Thomas Jane fits the part almost perfectly with his almost John McClane approach to the role making a believable hero: one that is tough as nails, but critically not invincible. One who uses his brain as much as his brawn, and gets himself out of outrageous situations with his lethal array of weapons: spring loaded knives, grenades, stashed guns, assault rifles, and the list goes on. However avid readers of the long running comic book may find the film tame in comparison, but as far as comic book adaptations go this is one of the best recent ones right up there with SpiderMan.

Dolph Lundgren's 1990 version still has some merits, but this film is better in almost every respect. Most notably, in this film, the title hero actually has his infamous skull shirt, and the storyline is drawn much more directly from the original comics. 8/10

Rated R: strong violence, brutality, and profanity.


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