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The Punisher (1989)
Front Cover Actor
Dolph Lundgren Frank Castle/The Punisher
Louis Gossett Jr. Jake Berkowitz
Jeroen Krabbé Gianni Franco
Kim Miyori Lady Tanaka
Bryan Marshall Dino Moretti
Nancy Everhard Sam Leary
Barry Otto Shake
Brian Rooney Tommy Franco
Zoshka Mizak Tanaka's Daughter
Larry McCormick TV Newsreader
Jr. Louis Gossett Jake Berkowitz
Jeroen Krabbe
Kim Myori
Todd Boyce Tarrone
Movie Details
Genre Action
Director Mark Goldblatt
Producer Robert Mark Kamen
Writer Boaz Yakin
Studio Artisan
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 92 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 4.6
First, a few facts. Dolph Lundgren expresses emotions ranging from stoic to, well, really stoic. There are holes in the story large enough to pilot the Exxon Valdez through without spilling a drop. And the film is littered with action movie clichés. But none of this matters. The Punisher succeeds because it stays true to its origins, the Marvel comic of the same name. Studio-engineered films such as Batman never quite capture the mixture of loyalty and betrayal, justice and revenge, moral ambiguity and emotional truth that are the hallmarks of the graphic novel. Films such as Darkman do. So does The Punisher. Lundgren plays Frank Castle, a dedicated policeman whose family was wiped out in a mob hit. He went underground (literally) and, as the Punisher, has been exacting his revenge, killing 125 mobsters in the past five years. But when the yakuza (Japanese Mafia) moves in on the mob's territory and kidnaps their children, it's up to the Punisher to rescue the kids. The action blazes, Lundgren (a former full-contact karate champ) moves with feral grace, the production design is a pleasure to watch, and director Mark Goldblatt (whose credits as editor include such big films as Starship Troopers and True Lies) has a clean, efficient style. --Geof Miller
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 440
Collection Status In Collection
Links Amazon US
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Layers Single side, Single layer
UPC 012236049005
Chapters 36
Release Date 4/20/1999
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen