DVD 124 mins IMDB 6.2 (15,042 votes)
R
The Punisher
Lions Gate Films (2004)
In Collection
#86

My Rating:
6

Seen It:
Yes
(2004 )
Action, Crime, Thriller
USA  /  English

A. Russell Andrews Jimmy Weeks (as Russell Andrews)
Omar Avila Joe Toro
James Carpinello Bobby Saint/John Saint
Mark Collie Harry Heck
Russ Comegys Tattooed Mike
Antoni Corone T.J.
Rick Elmhurst Bay News 9 Newscaster
Ben Foster Spacker Dave
Michael Reardon Toro Croupier (as Michael Francis)
Laura Harring Livia Saint
Thomas Jane Frank Castle/The Punisher
John Travolta Howard Saint
Will Patton Leonard Glass
Roy Scheider Mr. Castle
Laura Elena Harring Livia Saint
Samantha Mathis Maria Castle
Russell Andrews Jimmy Weeks
Edward Jemison Nicky Duka
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
Eddie Jemison Micky Duka
Rebecca Romijn Joan (as Rebecca Romijn-Stamos)
John Pinette Bumpo
Marco St. John Police Chief Morris
Marcus Johns Will Castle
Bonnie Johnson Betty Castle
Veryl Jones Candelaria

Director Jonathan Hensleigh
Producer Avi Arad; Gale Anne Hurd
Writer Jonathan Hensleigh; Michael France
Cinematography Conrad W. Hall
Musician Stevie Benton; Mark Collie; Dimebag Darrell; Drowning Pool; Finger Eleven; Mike Luce; Jason Miller; Ben Moody; Nickelback; Vinnie Paul; C.J. Pierce; Seether; Carlo Siliotto; Ken Tamplin; Trapt
User Credit 1 Jeff Gullo; Steven Kemper
User Credit 2 Lisa Tomczeszyn

An ordinary lawman goes outside the law to carry out his own brand of justice in this dark-themed thriller. Frank Castle (Thomas Jane) is an FBI agent who deeply loves his wife and son, but is also strongly devoted to his work. Castle's investigation of a powerful crime cartel leads to a gunfight which claims the life of a young boy, whose father is underworld kingpin Howard Saint (John Travolta). Furious and eager for revenge, Saint arranges for Castle and his family to be murdered in retaliation. However, while Castle's wife and son are killed, he somehow survives, even though he's believed to have perished. Bent on stopping Saint once and for all, Castle remakes himself as The Punisher, a ruthless and heavily armed killing machine who will not rest until Saint and his crew have been wiped clean from the Earth. Based on a Marvel Comics character first introduced in 1974, The Punisher also stars Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Laura Elena Harring, Roy Scheider, and Kevin "Big Sexy" Nash. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 012236162438
Region Region 1
Release Date 9/7/2004
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: DD-EX 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Pervasive brutal violence, language and brief nudity.
User Text 2 The Punishment Begins April 16, 2004
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Notes
Trivia: Many of the characters, including Joan, Bumpo, Spacker Dave and The Russian all come from the punisher series "Welcome Back, Frank", written by Garth Ennis and illustrated by Steve Dillon and Jimmy Palmiotti. Tim Bradstreet illustrated the covers, along with the promotional posters for the movie. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When the pictures of Quentin Glass are thrown at Howard Saint they can be seen as thrown above him and to his side, but in the next shot, they are all in a pile all facing upwards. (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...
(more)

Awards: 1 win & 4 nominations (more)