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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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Mark Goldblatt

Writer:

Boaz Yakin
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolph Lundgren ... Frank Castle
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Jake Berkowitz
Jeroen Krabbé ... Gianni Franco (as Jeroen Krabbe)
Kim Miyori ... Lady Tanaka
Bryan Marshall ... Dino Moretti
Nancy Everhard ... Sam Leary
Barry Otto ... Shake
Brian Rooney Brian Rooney ... Tommy Franco
Zoska Aleece Zoska Aleece ... Tanaka's Daughter (as Zoshka Mizak)
Kenji Yamaki Kenji Yamaki ... Sato
Hirofumi Kanayama Hirofumi Kanayama ... Tomio
Larry McCormick Larry McCormick ... TV Newsreader
Todd Boyce ... Tarrone
Lani John Tupu ... Laccone (as Larney Tupu)
Gianfranco Negroponte Gianfranco Negroponte ... Musso (as John Negroponte)
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Storyline

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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Judge. Jury. Executioner. All in a day's work. See more »


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Details

Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1989 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

The Punisher See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (heavily cut) (1990) (1995) | (Workprint Version)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (4 channels)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Instead of hiring stuntmen to portray the Yakuza combatants, the filmmakers specifically hired competitive Kyokushinkai karatekas and trained them to perform their own stunts. See more »

Goofs

(at around 27 mins) Punisher's sidekick misquotes Macbeth when entering the sewers. He says "Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble" when any thespian will know the correct line from MacBeth begins "Double, double...". See more »

Quotes

Gianni Franco: [Alternate Ending] I'll see to him.
Tommy Franco: But, I can help him.
Gianni Franco: Wait outside, Tommy.
[Tommy leaves and Gianni walks over to The Punisher whom is on the floor]
Gianni Franco: You gave me back my son. Thank you! I'm in your debt. I would gladly give you whatever you want. But, I know all you want is my life. I can't give you that, not when I have him. I'm so sorry, Castle.
Tommy Franco: [Gianni aims his gun at The Punisher] Dad!
Tommy Franco: Go outside.
Tommy Franco: He saved us. What are you doing?
Gianni Franco: Do as I told you. Wait outside.
Tommy Franco: No! I won't let you. I won't.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

German VHS release omits some of the bloody bullet-impacts. The killing of the Samurai army in the Yakuza tower was completely removed. We only see them lying on the ground. See more »

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Featured in Honest Trailers: Captain America (1990) (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Vicious Minds
Written by Harry Garfield
Performed by Hobo & Habby
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User Reviews

Even though the skull is missing the movie isn't half bad
13 March 2003 | by DunnDeeDaGreatSee all my reviews

The Punisher isn't really complete trash. The movie has a lot of action but the film needed one of The Punisher's nemesises or the black skull t-shirt. Dolph Lundren does play Frank pretty well and once again the action sequences are intense a plentyful. If you want a faithful comic book wait until 2004 but if you want an action movie this is the one for you.


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