The Punisher

October 5th, 1989


The Punisher

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When Frank Castle's family is murdered by criminals, he wages war on crime as a vigilante assassin known only as the Punisher.

Release Year: 1989

Rating: 5.3/10 (8,445 voted)

Director: Mark Goldblatt

Stars: Dolph Lundgren, Louis Gossett Jr., Jeroen Krabbé

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.

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 - Tommy Franco
Zoshka Mizak - Tanaka's Daughter
Kenji Yamaki - Sato
Hirofumi Kanayama - Tomio
Larry McCormick - TV Newsreader
Todd Boyce - Terrone
Lani John Tupu - Laccone (as Larney Tupu)
John Negroponte - Musso

Taglines: Judge. Jury. Executioner. All in a day's work.

Release Date: 5 October 1989

Filming Locations: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Box Office Details

Budget: $9,000,000 (estimated)

Gross: $287,434 (UK) (30 June 1990)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Finland: (heavily cut) (1990) (1995)

Did You Know?

91 people are killed individually on screen in this movie, not including those who die en masse in explosions, etc.

Continuity: After the lights go off, some goons shoot at where two characters are standing, only to find them gone when the emergency lights come on. Not a single bullet hole is visible in the Japanese paper screen they were standing before, however.

Gianni Franco: How bad is it?
Terrone: How bad is it? If you hadn't come back, I'd be head of the family.

User Review



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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