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The Punisher
- Tom Jane

Overview - Marvel Comics presents a second big-screen version of THE PUNISHER, with this action-packed adaptation from screenwriter-turned-director Jonathan Hensleigh. Frank Castle (Tom Jane) is a retired F.B.I. agent spurred into action after the merciless slaying of his wife, father, and son.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Marvel Comics presents a second big-screen version of THE PUNISHER, with this action-packed adaptation from screenwriter-turned-director Jonathan Hensleigh. Frank Castle (Tom Jane) is a retired F.B.I. agent spurred into action after the merciless slaying of his wife, father, and son. Adopting the superhero guise of The Punisher, Castle aims to wreak vengeance for his dead family by tracking down the culprits responsible for their demise. All clues point to Howard Saint (John Travolta), a ruthless businessman and nightclub owner whose son was mistakenly killed by Castle in a botched undercover operation back in his F.B.I. days. Unique amongst Marvel superheroes, The Punisher possesses no special powers, just remarkable strength parried with a blind determination to avenge his family. As he hunts down Saint, Castle surrounds himself with three fellow societal outcasts to get the job done, namely Joan (Rebecca Romijn-Stamos), Bumpo (John Pinette), and Dave (Ben Foster). Director Hensleigh eschews flashy CGI effects for the bulk of the movie, and instead reverts to old action-movie staples such as thrilling stunt work, gunfights, and huge explosions. The old-fashioned feel suits The Punisher well, providing an apt mirror of the hero's own lack of super powers. Hensleigh winds the film through a thrilling white-knuckle ride to its spectacular conclusion, ultimately providing a highly appropriate movie for one of Marvel's lesser-known comic book heroes.

Cast List

Rick Heinrichs - Production Designer, THE PUNISHER (2004)
Jonathan Hensleigh - Screenwriter
Christopher Eberts - THE WATCHER
Steven Kemper - Editor, THE RELIC (1997)
Laura Elena Harring - Actress/ FORBIDDEN DANCE (1990), Lynch's MULHOLLAND DRIVE
Laura Harring - Actress/ FORBIDDEN DANCE (1990), Lynch's MULHOLLAND DRIVE
Will Patton - American Actor
Carlo Siliotto - Music, THE PUNISHER (2004)
Samantha Mathis - Actress, PUMP UP THE VOLUME, BROKEN ARROW (1996)
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos - American model/actress, UGLY BETTY, X-MEN
Rebecca Romijn - American model/actress, UGLY BETTY, X-MEN
Michael Z. Hanan - Production Designer, THE PUNISHER (2004)
John Travolta - American actor, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, GREASE, PHENOMENON
Rob Schneider - TV/Film Comedic Actor/Snl
Thomas Jane
Conrad W. Hall - Director of Photography, Son of Conrad L. Hall
Conrad Hall Jr. - Director of Photography, Son of Conrad L. Hall
Avi Arad - Executive producer, many Marvel Comics properties
John Pinette - Comedian
Ben Foster - American actor, ALPHA DOG, SIX FEET UNDER
Lisa Tomczeszyn - Costume Designer, X-MEN: THE LAST STAND (2006)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 122
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 012236162438
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (pervasive brutal violence, language, and brief nudity)
  • Release Date: April 2011

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Reviews:
"Jonathan Hensleigh's movie version of the Punisher's origins stays true to its hero by being similarly stripped-down, efficient and mean." - 04/16/2004 New York Times, p.E20


"THE PUNISHER is that rare comic book movie that actually feels like a comic book....These battles are a cost-effective throwback. They depend on the physical side of moviemaking...and top of the line stunt work..." - 04/16/2004 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"[Z]ippy and amusingly cast....A film whose primary plus is a sense of humor." - 04/16/2004 USA Today, p.5E


"[K]ick back, and wistfully remember a time when someone named Dolph could be a movie star." - 05/01/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.147


"[T]he film, directed by Jonathan Hensleigh, is consistently well-acted, and has some scenes of real power." - 04/16/2004 Chicago Sun-Times, p.33


"[The] gloriously violent action sequences have a refreshingly downbeat '70s exploitation edge. Nasty, brain-dead fun." - 10/01/2004 Uncut, p.148


"[The director] takes a retro-action route with tributes to pre-CGI stuntwork. Most impressive is a frantic car-chase..." - 11/01/2004 Sight and Sound, p.63-4

 
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