The Punisher (1989)

If society won't punish the guilty, he will.

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Podcast Release Date:
Nov 08, 2011

Punisher Series Episode 1

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In 1989 the second Marvel Comics hero got his shot at big screen glory — The Punisher, a murderous vigilante who dispenses the ultimate punishment to criminals. To comic book fans, Dolph Lundgren’s portrayal of the character barely resembled the original material. Gone was the giant skull on the Punisher’s shirt, and instead of a Viet Nam war hero Frank Castle was now a police officer waging a one-man war against the mob. But is the true punishment that inflicted upon viewers of this film? On this week’s Now Playing, Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob continue their Marvel Movie retrospective with this first Punisher film, so listen to find out!

Explicit: This is an uncensored podcast which may contain strong language and adult content that is not appropriate for all ages.

Movie Details

Series
Marvel Comics
Series
Comic Book Movies
Series
Punisher
Original Title
The Punisher
Title
The Punisher
Director
Mark Goldblatt
Author
Producer
Robert Mark Kamen
Writer
Boaz Yakin
Actors
Dolph Lundgren, Louis Gossett Jr., Jeroen Krabbé, Kim Miyori, Bryan Marshall, Nancy Everhard, Barry Otto, Brian Rooney, Zoshka Mizak, Kenji Yamaki, Hirofumi Kanayama, Larry McCormick, Todd Boyce, Lani John Tupu, Gianfranco Negroponte, Christian Manon, Brooke Anderson, John Samaha, Donal Gibson, Ken Wayne, Roslyn Gentle, Aku Kadogo, Char Fontane, Richard Carter, May Lloyd
Runtime
1 h 29 min
Release Date
5 October 1989
Genres
Action, Thriller
Overview
The avenging angel of Marvel Comics fame comes brilliantly to life in this searing action-adventure thriller! Dolph Lundgren stars as Frank Castle, a veteran cop who loses his entire family to a mafia car bomb. His ex-partner believes Castle survived the blast and became the Punisher, living in the sewers and exacting vigilante violence against mob bosses throughout the city. When the populace is caught in the midst of a gang war that he caused, Castle must again emerge from the shadows and save the innocent.

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