The Punisher

April 16, 2004 0 By Fans
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After his wife and family are killed, G-Man Frank Castle takes it upon himself to distribute punishment to those responsible for the vendetta.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 6.3/10 (67,450 voted)

Critic's Score: 33/100

Jonathan Hensleigh

Stars: Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Samantha Mathis

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.

Writers: Jonathan Hensleigh, Michael France


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


Rick Elmhurst

Bay News 9 Newscaster

Ben Foster

Spacker Dave

Michael Reardon

Toro Croupier

(as Michael Francis)

Laura Harring

Livia Saint

William Haze


(as William Hasenzahl)

Thomas Jane

Frank Castle

(as Tom Jane)

Eddie Jemison

Mickey Duka

Marco St. John

Police Chief Morris

Marcus Johns

Will Castle

Frank Castle has died…but has been reborn as THE PUNISHER.


Official Website:
Artisan Entertainment |
Columbia Tristar [France] |

Release Date: 16 April 2004

Filming Locations: Florida, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $33,000,000


Opening Weekend: $13,834,527
(18 April 2004)
(2649 Screens)

Gross: $33,682,273
(4 July 2004)

Technical Specs



(extended cut)

Did You Know?


Scenes were constantly scaled back or cut to meet budget requirements. Effects scenes were almost always done the old-fashioned way with old tricks replacing new CGI. Jonathan Hensleigh discusses this in the commentary track of the original DVD edition


When Saint is tied to the car and the explosions are happening, his lower half catches fire. In the next shot, he is not on fire.


[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…

User Review

A Pleasant Surprise

Rating: 8/10

I was surprised how good this movie was, not stupid as I figured. It's
another one of those based-on-a-comic book hero films that seem to be
popular nowadays (Hellboy, Batman, Sin City, Spiderman, Superman, etc.)

However, this was the not the cartoon-like film I expected. It was more
of a pretty brutal revenge-crime movie. It's a rough movie, pure and

Believable? Of course not. Some of the action is ludicrous but the most
ridiculous of all – the fight against the huge Russian, is actually the
most fun of the action scenes. The rest is just plain mean as the
hero's entire family gets wiped out by gunman and "The Punisher"
(Thomas Jane) goes after them after almost being killed himself.

A smart aspect of this film was inserting a bit of humor in it, such as
the two nerds down the hallway who befriend "The Punisher."

The sometimes-juvenile but interesting action scenes, the diverse
characters in here and the humor all combine to make this better than

No, it's anything but a thinking man's movie, but it IS entertaining
and harmless if you look at everything tongue-in-cheek.