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The Punisher (1989) Trivia

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  • 91 people are killed individually on screen in this movie, not including those who die en masse in explosions, etc.
  • Was originally banned in South Africa and then released straight to video two years after its release.
  • Dolph Lundgren did most of his own stunts.
  • All of the fight sequences were improvised by the actors to give the fights a sense of realism.
  • The Punisher never uses the same weapon twice. He will also leave them behind for no reason.
  • Dolph Lundgren co-wrote the Punisher's monologues at the beginning and end and did most of his own stunts.
  • The Police cars are Australian Valiants converted to left hand drive. There are 2 models shown, 1976 VK and 1977 CL.
  • In the opening sequence, on a cinema marquee, a poster is visible for the film "Make Them Die Slowly", better known as Cannibal ferox (1981).
  • Although it wasn't released theatrically in the United States due to New World Pictures' bankruptcy, the movie opened in theaters in most territories.
  • During a flashback Frank Castle has about his family, his daughters are both wearing Spider-Man pajamas. Director Mark Goldblatt did this to pay homage to Spider-Man. The Punisher first appeared Amazing Spider-Man #129, which was dated February 1974.
  • There was a scene filmed, but cut from the movie, showing Frank Castle, when he was still a cop, busting mobster Dino Morretti (the mobster he kills at the beginning). However, there are still allusions to the bust in the film. When Sam Leary introduces herself to Berkowitz, she mentions that they had worked together on the Morretti bust ("I was the hooker."). And both the DVD and VHS copies of the movie feature a still photo on the jacket of Castle in a blue jean shirt with two guns, Berkowitz, and Leary (in her hooker disguise).
  • The Yew York Thrash metal band Biohazard samples one of The Punisher's dialogues in there song "Punishment" the part they sample from the movie goes" Come on god. Answer me. For years I'm asking you why... why are the innocent dead and the guilty alive? Where is justice? Where is punishment? Or have you already answered. Have you already said to the world: 'Here is justice. Here is punishment. Here... in me...'"
  • Seeing as he had absolutely no involvement with the creation of the original Punisher character, this is one of the few movies based on a Marvel Comic that Stan Lee does not appear in.
  • This film is considered an "Ozploitation" (Australian exploitation) picture.
  • It is the first of only six films by Marvel (the others being the two reboots to this film and the Blade trilogy) to be rated R. All other films by Marvel (with the exceptions of Howard the Duck and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfur) are rated PG-13.

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