The Punisher was one of the few movies that New World Pictures put out featuring Marvel Comics characters during the late 80's. New World Pictures owned quite a bit of Marvel during this time period. Spiderman and Captain America were going to be the other big film released by New World. But the collapse of the studio and budget problems with Captain American on top of the lukewarm response The Punisher received from Europe but an end to those plans.
Loosely based upon the Marvel Comics character, Dolph Lundgren stars as the title character. A former cop turned vigilante who wages a one man war against the mob. Although the Punisher's background and look is not in line with the comic book, the tone and action of the movie more than makes up for it. Filled with graphic violence and cheesy one liners, it accomplishes what it set out to be. A comic book movie!! Fun for all! Lou Gossett Jr. co-stars as Frank Castle's former cop buddy and friend.
Sadly their are two things that keep this movie down, 1.) The movie was heavily edited for American release and 2.) The movie was shot in Australia (You can't film The Punisher in New South Wales he's a totally New Yorker. Oh well, such trivial complaints. Besides that I highly recommend this popcorn movie!