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The Punisher (1989)

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Dolph Lundgren Dolph Lundgren
Frank Castle
Louis Gossett Jr. Louis Gossett Jr.
Jake Berkowitz
Jeroen Krabbé Jeroen Krabbé
Gianni Franco
Kim Miyori Kim Miyori
Lady Tanaka
Bryan Marshall Bryan Marshall
Dino Moretti
Nancy Everhard Nancy Everhard
Sam Leary
Barry Otto Barry Otto
Shake
Brian Rooney Brian Rooney
Tommy Franco


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Boaz Yakin Boaz Yakin
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9 years, 6 months ago at Sep 28 4:39
I liked the recent Punisher movies. I liked War Zone for it's extreme violence and I liked the Thomas Jane version for the character himself. Now I am curious and decided to check out the original Dolph Lundgren version. I see that this is noted as Brendan Gleeson's very first time on-screen so that's pretty cool. Although his part is small and probably goes unnoticed if you aren't looking for or ... read more

An enjoyable '80s B-movie, but not much more

4 years, 2 months ago at Feb 10 13:29
Before comic book properties were a hot cinematic commodity, there was 1989's The Punisher, which was one of the first-ever live-action films based on Marvel Comics (after 1986's Howard the Duck). Instead of a PG-rated, family-friendly superhero flick in the same vein as Superman or Batman, director Mark Goldblatt's The Punisher is a dark, R-rated vigilante action film, closer to Death Wish or Ma... read more
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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 date: 5 October 1989
UPC: 012236049005
Tags: Action (7), Superhero (7), Revenge (5), Marvel (4), 1980s (4), Vigilante (4), (4), 1989 (3), Based On Comic (3), Dark (2), Thriller (2), Marvel Comics (2), Action Hero (2), Drama (1), Drugs (1), Kung Fu (1), Torture (1), Crime (1), Usa (1), Book (1)
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