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The Punisher

Theatrical poster for The Punisher
Directed by Jonathan Hensleigh
Produced by Avi Arad
Gale Anne Hurd
Written by Jonathan Hensleigh
Michael France
Starring Thomas Jane
John Travolta
Rebecca Romijn
Will Patton
Ben Foster
Music by Carlo Siliotto
Cinematography Conrad W. Hall
Editing by Steven Kemper
Jeff Gullo
Studio Artisan Entertainment
Marvel Enterprises
Valhalla Motion Pictures
Distributed by Lions Gate Films
Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) April 16, 2004
Running time 124 minutes
141 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15.5 million[1]
Gross revenue $54,700,105[2]

The Punisher is a 2004 American comic book action film, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, starring Thomas Jane as the antihero Frank Castle / The Punisher and John Travolta as the villain Howard Saint, a money launderer who orders the death of Castle's entire family. The film is not a sequel to 1989's The Punisher; it is a reboot. The story and plot were mainly based on two Punisher comic book stories; The Punisher: Year One and Welcome Back, Frank along with scenes from other Punisher stories such as Marvel Preview: Featuring The Punisher #2, The Punisher War Zone and The Punisher War Journal.[3] The film was released on April 16, 2004, by Lions Gate Entertainment, grossing $13,834,527 in the United States over its opening weekend. A DVD release followed on September 7, 2004 - with $10.8 million in copies sold.

The Punisher was shot on location in Tampa in mid to late 2003. It was distributed by Lions Gate Entertainment in North America, although Artisan Entertainment, which produced 1989's The Punisher, financed and co-distributed the film with Lionsgate, while Columbia Pictures distributed the film in non-North American countries. Director Jonathan Hensleigh agreed to helm the film during its development stage despite a dispute with Marvel Studios.

The success of the DVD sales of the film prompted Marvel Comics and Lionsgate to start development on a sequel titled The Punisher 2, which instead became a reboot titled Punisher: War Zone after Jane and Hensleigh left the project due to creative differences.



Bobby Saint and Micky Duka meet with their contact, Otto Krieg, during an arms deal in Tampa, but the FBI intervenes with Bobby killed in the ensuing crossfire while Micky is jailed. It is revealed that Otto Krieg, who was supposedly killed in the FBI shootout, was actually an FBI agent and ex-Delta Force soldier named Frank Castle, who was shot at by an agent using blanks. Shortly thereafter, Frank celebrates a retirement party with his friends and heads home. Bobby Saint is revealed to be the son of the powerful mob boss, Howard Saint, who is enraged by the death of his son and attempts to kill Micky. Instead, Howard and his associate, Quentin Glass, bribe the FBI for confidential information about Otto Krieg and find his true identity. At Bobby's funeral, Howard learns Frank is at a family reunion in Puerto Rico and will be heading for London soon. Howard orders Frank murdered, but his spoiled wife, Livia, demands that they kill Frank's entire family as well to "settle the score".

At the reunion, Howard's cronies, Quentin Glass and John Saint among them, kill most of Frank's family. Frank and his father manage to kill several men. Meanwhile, Frank's wife and son try to escape in a jeep, but they are run over with a truck driven by John. Frank is shot three times, but survives and is nursed back to health by a local man named Candelaria. Frank takes refuge in an old tenement building where three young outcasts, Dave, Bumpo, and Joan, live. He abducts Micky Duka and at first frightens him into giving him information about the Saints, but Micky, who despises the Saints, willingly joins Frank as a mole afterwards. Frank starts his own mission of revenge after learning that the police and the FBI have no intention of pursuing the men responsible. In the process, Frank sabotages Saint's money laundering business and severs Saint's partnership with the Cuban mobsters, the Toro Brothers, and starts tailing Livia and Quentin, learning that Quentin is in fact a homosexual.

Howard realizes that Frank is alive and sends two assassins to kill him. First is Harry Heck, who after a brief car chase, is killed when Frank shoots a ballistic knife into Heck's throat. The second is the Russian, a behemoth who mercilessly beats Castle in a brutal fight, but is defeated when Frank throws boiling oil in his face, which blinds him long enough for Frank to throw him down the staircase, breaking his neck. Moments later, Saint's men arrive, led by Quentin and John. Dave, Joan, and Bumpo hide Frank and refuse to tell Quentin where he is, despite Quentin sadistically pulling Dave's piercings out with a pair of pliers. They leave a man behind to kill Frank when he gets back. Frank leaves the elevator and chops the top of the man's head open with a paper cutter. That night, Frank prepares himself for battle, and with assistance from Micky, manipulates Howard into believing that Quentin and Livia were having an affair by planting one of Livia's earrings on Quentin's bed. Howard, unaware that Quentin is gay, and believing Livia (who is implied by dialogue to have been a prostitute before meeting Howard) to be capable of cheating on him, kills them both personally, neither of them knowing why.

Frank then attacks Saint's club, where he wages a one-man war on Saint's entire crew, killing everyone inside, including John. Howard attempts to escape, but Frank catches up with him and shoots him in the stomach. As he writhes in agony, Frank reveals that Quentin and Livia were not having an affair and ties Howard to a car which goes into a bomb-laden car park, blowing up countless cars and lighting Howard on fire. The destruction and wreckage culminates in the shape of Frank's iconic skull. He leaves and lets Howard burn to death. After his revenge is taken, Frank prepares to kill himself. However, he remembers his wife and decides he will continue his vigilante mission against others who deserve punishment. Before departing on his next mission, he leaves some of Howard's money for Bumpo, Joan, and Dave. In the final scene on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Frank delivers a short monologue:

"Those who do evil to others - killers and rapists, psychos and sadists - will come to know me well. Frank Castle is dead. Call me... The Punisher."


Director Jonathan Hensleigh and Avi Arad said in many interviews that Thomas Jane was the first and only actor to be asked to play the title role. Jane initially turned down the role twice, as he did not see himself as a superhero actor.[4] Jane said, when asked the second time to play the Punisher, that he became interested when Arad sent Tim Bradstreet's artwork of the Punisher. After learning more about the Punisher's character, he accepted. Jane went on to read as many Punisher comics he could find to understand the character, and became a fan of the Punisher. Jane trained for six or seven months with the United States Navy SEALs and gained more than twenty pounds of muscle for the part.[5]


I had to ask myself intellectual questions like, "To what extent do crimes against a person become so unconscionable, so heinous, that even a person who does not believe in vigilantism can resort to vigilantism in a more just way?" That was the equation for me. I told Marvel that I didn't just want to do a revenge story, that I wanted to do the mother of all revenge stories. I wanted to ramp everything up. I can't really go further without doing spoilers here. The underlying events that give rise to Frank Castle's vigilantism are not from the comic. I invented a lot of that. I made it a lot worse.
—Jonathan Hensleigh on The Punisher[6]

Before filming began, Hensleigh was not given the budget he wanted or needed from the studio. Hensleigh knew that most action pictures get a budget of around $64 million. He was only given a $15 million shooting budget for the movie,[1] and only 52 days to shoot the movie, which is half the time allocated for most action pictures. Most of Hensleigh's original script had to be edited and re-written many times due to budget issues. According to the DVD commentary, the first scene in the movie would have been a battle set in Kuwait during the Gulf War, but they were unable to film this scene as a result of the budget cuts.

The Punisher was filmed on location in Tampa. The Florida location was first chosen at the insistence of screenwriter Michael France, who advised Marvel and Artisan that "it would be cheap to shoot [there] - that they'd get a lot more for their money than in New York or Chicago" as well as wanting to use "both sunny locations, and dark, industrial locations" in the screenplay.[7] For inspiration, Hensleigh and cinematographer Conrad W. Hall looked at dozens of action movies from the 1960s and 1970s, such as the Dirty Harry series, The Getaway, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Godfather and Bonnie and Clyde.[8] In an interview, Hensleigh also stated the film pays homage to Mad Max and William Shakespeare's Othello, while he was inspired by Othello, the characters were reversed for the film, making the Punisher the instigator of the jealousy which leads to Howard Saint murdering his best friend and wife.[9]

As stated above, the story and plot were mainly based on two Punisher comic book stories: Welcome Back, Frank and The Punisher: Year One but before the film was released in theaters Jonathan Hensleigh was asked if the movie had been entirely based on The Punisher: Year One storyline. Jonathan Hensleigh stated:

"The Punisher: Year One was a four-issue set that came out in 1994-1995. It has this really cool cover art and I highly recommend it. I took just pieces of the plot. If the entire movie was just based on Year One then the plot line would have been way, way too involved and it would have been Gone with the Wind—a four-hour movie with only the very ending having any action in the whole movie at all."[10]

During shooting of the film, Lionsgate (then known as Lions Gate Films) purchased Artisan. In an interview with Jonathan Hensleigh, Hensleigh said that even though the movie is distributed under the Lionsgate imprint, they had nothing to do with the film. Lionsgate never gave a green light for the film to be made. The film was still under Artisan Entertainment.

The character of Microchip was originally included in an earlier Michael France draft (along with the character Jigsaw),[11] but was excised from later drafts because of director Jonathan Hensleigh's distaste for him. Instead the character of Mickey Duka (who was heavily based upon the character Mickey Fondozzi) serves as an ally of Frank Castle. Regarding the exclusion of Microchip, Hensleigh had this to say:

"There are a couple of years where I did not want to go; Microchip, the battle van, all that stuff where it got really high-tech; we're not going there at all. I deemed that too complicated, too lacking of the spirit of the sort of urban vigilante. The Punisher does not just go around blowing people away using such things that Batman or James Bond would have or would even be in envy of; he uses guile and cunning just as much as he does weaponry and physical combat."

Release and reception

Prior to The Punisher 's release, a novelization of the movie was written by D.A. Stern and released in March, 2004.[12] The Punisher opened in 2,649 theaters on April 16, 2004 and grossed $13,834,527 over its opening weekend, ranking at #2 at the box office. The film has a domestic gross of $33,810,189 and a foreign gross of $20,889,916, giving it a worldwide total of $54,700,105.

On its release, it was met with mainly negative reviews, and received a 29% rotten rating[13] on Rotten Tomatoes based on 160 reviews with an average rating of 4.5/10. It also received a 25% approval rating from top critics on the site, although it fared better with the RT community, who scored it at 61%. Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film two stars, stating "The Punisher is so grim and cheerless, you wonder if even its hero gets any satisfaction from his accomplishments."[14] and Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter said "By the end, the Punisher's greatest adversaries emerge as an unwelcome trio known as jokey, hokey and hammy." A few reviewers have defended the movie, stating that compared to most comic book based movies, it is a well done throwback to the old school action movies of the 1960s and 1970s.[15][16] Critic A.O. Scott stated "But lightness is not among Hensleigh's gifts. Making his directorial debut after a successful run as a screenwriter and producer (on projects like Die Hard With a Vengeance, Jumanji and The Rock) he has clearly conceived The Punisher as a throwback to the leathery, angry urban revenge movies of the 1970s."[17] Drew McWeeny of Ain't It Cool News said of the style of the film that "The Punisher has more in common with the work of Don Seigel and John Frankenheimer than it does with the work of Michael Bay or Simon West. Which isn't to say that it's the equal of those classics, but at least Hensleigh's got the right idea." In addition to saying "The Punisher is pulp, served up gritty and ugly and brutal. It’s not jam-packed full of one-liners. What humor there is in the film is dark."[18]

Home media

The Punisher DVD was released on September 7, 2004 and sold nearly 1.8 million copies in its first five days[19] and netted $10.8 million in rentals its first week out, making it number one in DVD sales.[20] Sales continued at a steady pace, ultimately topping 4 million units. During October, The Punisher DVD rentals were still in the top ten and various cable and satellite providers had started to offer The Punisher as a pay-per-view feature.[21] Between worldwide movie box office and DVD sales, it grossed $115 million ($55 million worldwide + $60 million from DVD sales).

An extended cut DVD was released on November 21, 2006 with 17 minutes of additional footage, most of which revolves around the character Jimmy Weeks (Russell Andrews), and Frank realizing that it was his friend who had sold him out to Howard Saint. Features also include a black and white stop motion animated scene, set in Kuwait based on and partially done by artist Tim Bradstreet, and a Punisher comic book gallery. An extended version of "In Time" by Mark Collie also appears in the closing credits of the extended cut DVD.[1] This version does not include the special features on the standard DVD release.

The Punisher was released on Blu-ray Disc on June 27, 2006.[22]


Original Score from the Motion Picture The Punisher
Soundtrack by Carlo Siliotto
Released June 15, 2004
Genre Orchestral
Film score
Length 63:43
Label La-La Land
Producer Douglas Besterman
Professional reviews
Marvel Comics film series soundtrack chronology
The Punisher: The Album
Original Score from the Motion Picture The Punisher
Music from and Inspired by Spider-Man 2

The score to The Punisher was composed and conducted by Italian composer Carlo Siliotto. Director Jonathan Hensleigh wanted the music to be very emotional, and was aware of Siliotto's previous work which led to him being chosen. When scoring the film Siliotto saw Frank Castle as a tragic figure stating, "This man, Frank Castle, is somebody who has a slaughtered family. He comes through that slaughter, and becomes a punisher. But he's a sad man - he drinks, and has bad memories always coming to him. There's a lot in the film, and at times it is like a modern version of a classic tragedy - like Othello."[23][24]

  1. "The Punisher" (0:56)
  2. "Otto Krieg" (3:14)
  3. "Unusual Resurrection" (1:40)
  4. "Moving" (3:09)
  5. "I Can't Believe I'm Home" (1:23)
  6. "His Whole Family" (1:27)
  7. "The Massacre" (5:45)
  8. "Death and Resurrection of Frank Castle" (1:47)
  9. "God's Gonna Sit This One Out" (3:57)
  10. "Ice Lolly and Meat" (1:28)
  11. "You're Gonna Help Me" (1:24)
  12. "Entering the Fort" (1:58)
  13. "About Your Family / Setting a Trap" (3:11)
  14. "A Bomb for John Saint" (1:08)
  15. "Good Memories Can Save Your Life" (1:13)
  16. "The Thugs" (1:30)
  17. "The Torture" (3:12)
  18. "Elevator and Headache" (1:07)
  19. "A New Family / Joan's Suffering" (3:34)
  20. "Quentin's Glass Home" (1:32)
  21. "Killing a Best Friend" (1:43)
  22. "You Don't Understand... End of a Dark Lady" (2:34)
  23. "She Took the Train / Punishment" (1:47)
  24. "The Arrow" (1:48)
  25. "Both of Them" (1:32)
  26. "The Skull" (2:34)
  27. "Castle's Loneliness" (1:35)
  28. "Call Me ‘The Punisher’" (2:23)
  29. "Jealous One" by J.C. Loader (3:52)
  30. "La donna è mobile" by Peter Dvorsky (2:06)

Awards and nominations (2005)

  • Prism Awards[26]
    • Wide Release Feature Film
  • Taurus World Stunt Awards
    • Best Overall Stunt by a Stunt Woman (Donna Evans)
    • Best Stunt Coordinator and/or 2nd Unit Director (Gary Hymes)
    • Best Work with a Vehicle (Keii Johnston & Dane Farwell)

Sequel / Reboot

Despite the modest reception the film received at the box office, Lions Gate Entertainment had greenlit a direct sequel titled The Punisher 2 to be made based on the film's strong DVD sales performance. Avi Arad, chairman and CEO of Marvel Studios, stated that the second film would "become the fifth Marvel property to become a sequel."[27] Jonathan Hensleigh said that he was interested in working with Thomas Jane again for The Punisher 2.[28] Jane said that the villain for The Punisher 2 would be Jigsaw.[29] The project, however, lingered in development for over three years. Jonathan Hensleigh completed a first draft of the script before pulling out around 2006. John Dahl was in talks to direct the film but pulled out due to script quality issues and the studio not wanting to spend a lot of money on the project.[30][31] In a statement on May 15, 2007[32] and in two audio interviews Thomas Jane said that he pulled out of the project due to creative differences and the budget of the film being cut, in addition to director Walter Hill being turned down as director by Lionsgate.[33][34] After reading the new script by Kurt Sutter, Jane stated:

"What I won't do is spend months of my life sweating over a movie that I just don't believe in. I've always loved the Marvel guys, and wish them well. Meanwhile, I'll continue to search for a film that one day might stand with all those films that the fans have asked me to watch."[35][36]

In Summer 2007, Marvel Studios announced that Lexi Alexander would direct the film as a result of Dahl pulling out,[37] and that actor Ray Stevenson would play the Punisher in the new film, thus replacing Thomas Jane.[38] The Punisher 2 then became Punisher: War Zone,[39][40] a reboot of The Punisher film series with no connection to the 2004 film.[41] The reboot was released on December 5, 2008.[42] This is the second time the film series has been rebooted, after the 2004 production rebooted 1989's The Punisher.[43]


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From Wikiquote

The Punisher is a 2004 film about a former Special Forces soldier and FBI agent who starts a one-man war on crime after his family is murdered by gangsters. Based on the Marvel Comics character.

Directed by Jonathan Hensleigh. Written by Jonathan Hensleigh and Michael France.
Starring Thomas Jane, John Travolta and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos.
"Not vengeance. Punishment."


Frank Castle

  • "God, I hate this job." (While climbing out of a body bag.)
  • "Good business, murder? Did Saint pay you for each one, or does he get a group-rate discount?"
  • "You shouldn't play with knives."
  • "God's gonna sit this one out."
  • "I leave this as a declaration of intent so no one will be confused. Number one: Sic vis pacem, para bellum. Latin. The boot-camp sergeant made us recite it like a prayer. Sic vis pacem, para bellum. If you want peace, prepare for war." (Voice-over.)
  • "Number two: Frank Castle is dead. He died with his family. Number three: In certain extreme situations, the law is inadequate. In order to shame its inadequacy it is necessary to act outside the law-to pursue…natural justice. This is not vengeance. Revenge is not a valid motive, it's an emotional response. No, not vengeance. Punishment." (Voice-over.)
  • "You look like a strong kid. You must work out. Ever try isometrics? This antipersonnel mine weighs eight pounds. Not much, but try holding it with an outstretched arm. Hell of a workout."
  • "I made you kill your best friend. I made you kill your wife. And now I've killed you."
  • "Those who do evil to others-the killers, the rapists, psychos, sadists-you will come to know me well. Frank Castle is dead. Call me...the Punisher." (Voice-over.)
  • "Isn't science fun, Micky?"

Howard Saint

  • "The man responsible for my son's death must die."
  • "Thank you for that explanation." (just before shooting the person addressed.)
  • "Fourteen shipments are perfect. One goes bad and I get this - why? Because you want to scare me? There's no insurance in this business, you know that. So I'm not covering your fucking losses! And Mike, if you don't like it, just remember one thing: I've got more guns than you do."
  • "Make Castle DEAD! I don't care what it takes, what it costs. Call the Russian."
  • "Close the club. Bring everyone in. We're going hunting."
  • "Do you recognize the neighborhood - Little Cuba? Just think - the first time I saw you was only three blocks from here. Of course, the neighborhood was so much more colorful then. Now it's just for whores. You'll fit right in."
  • "Fifty thousand dollars apiece, and fifty thousand more to the man who kills him. If you accept this money, you're in till it's over."

Quentin Glass

  • "You're a small piece of shit and I don't want the karma of your death on my conscience."
  • "We called New York, we called Las Vegas, we called Europe and Hong Kong, we even got the Sicilians in it for old times' sake. With what you're paying, Howard, we'll know everything there is to know about Otto Krieg in twenty-four hours."
  • "In forty-eight hours, Castle is a memory. A pro from Memphis-the best."
  • "With all due respect, we don't have more guns. It's my duty…"
  • "Okay, why don't you and I see if we can discover the true nature of pain?"
  • "If they knew, they would've told. They must not have known."

Harry Heck

  • "I can hear what you're thinking, all your doubts and fears,
And if you look in my eye, in time you'll find the reason I'm here.
And in time all things shall pass away, and in time you may come back some day
To live once more,
Or die once more,
But in time your time will be no…more." (sung)
  • "I know you. You're that boy in the newspaper…came back from the dead."
  • "You like that song? I wrote it for you. I'm gonna sing it at your funeral."
  • "You are one dumb son-of-a-bitch…bringing a knife to a gunfight." [Castle triggers the ballistic knife, firing the blade into Heck's neck and killing him]


  • "We want you to have dinner with us."
  • "Good memories can save your life."
  • "I don't know much, but I'm good with a needle. Don't ask."
  • "You're gonna die tonight, aren't you? Is that what you want?"


  • "You - are insignificant. You - are a coward. You - are a great disappointment to your mother and I!" [the camera turns to reveal the character in Dave's computer game, of whom he is speaking]
  • "No one's ever stood up for me before."
  • "Mr. Castle, we, uh, need your help right now, because the guy who's after Joan... is in her apartment. Right now."
  • "They tried to make me talk. I gave them nothing."


  • "You and I-we're not lucky. We are blessed." ~ Maria Castle
  • "I bored the chambers and customized the triggers, and added some compensators. They used to be pretty good, but now they're nail-drivers." ~ Frank Castle, Sr.
  • "My father and mother send their regards. This time they're not blanks." ~ John Saint, just before he shoots Frank
  • "You're supposed to be dead!" ~ Micky Duka
  • "Quentin Glass. Been with Howard twenty years. The family consigliere, lawyer, CPA... and a sadist. Who knows what's going on with this guy?" ~ Micky Duka
  • "You are not a nice person." ~ Micky Duka
  • "Our mother always put her cash in the mattress, which, I thought it was a good idea-until the house burned down. It was a big fire. She lost everything. That's what happens when you don't watch your money. You lose everything, Howard. Everything." ~ Mike Toro


Jimmy Weeks: To Frank Castle – the finest soldier, the finest undercover op, the finest man I've ever known. What will I do without you?
Frank Castle: Get a girlfriend.

(Quentin Glass watches impassively while three hoodlums beat and kick Micky Duka.)
Quentin Glass: You sell homegrown pot by the ounce, Micky, not by the barrel. You sell badly-forged fake passports to Haitians. So what inspired you to become the Mr. Universe of international arms dealers? Micky, you should apologize for the death of Mr. Saint's youngest son.
Micky Duka: Okay, I know how it looks, but Bobby, he buys pot from me. And, and when he found out what I was doing, he insisted on coming in. He put up half the cash. He came of his own free will! (One of the hoodlums kicks him.) If you're gonna kill me, will you leave my face alone - for my mother?
Quentin Glass: We just made your bail. Now, if I'd wanted to kill you I would have left you in jail, where we have friends, and in a way I can only describe as deeply pornographic, you would have been killed. But you're a small piece of shit, and I don't want the Karma of your death on my conscience. But on the other hand, maybe I don't believe in karma. So, guys–
Micky Duka: No, no, no! I'll tell you anything you wanna know!
Quentin Glass: Then this'll be quick. I want to know one thing only: who brokered the deal?
Micky Duka: His name's Otto Krieg. And if it's any comfort to Mr. Saint, he's dead too.
Howard Saint, (entering): Well, it's not. It's actually no comfort at all. But what might be comforting to me is watching the slow death of the man who was supposed to be taking care of my son and making sure he did not get into trouble.

(At the city morgue)
Howard Saint: He was such a special boy...
Jimmy Weeks: Sir, are you confirming that this is your son, Robert Saint?
Howard Saint: He deserved better. Someone lied to him - promised him one thing, gave him another. Do you know that I used to have to dress him till he was thirteen? I'd tie his ties and comb his hair…I'll have to get him a new suit. (He kisses his son's forehead.) Who is Otto Krieg? Who are the people who work for him? Who are his friends? Who would stand to make money from this deal? Tell me.
Jimmy Weeks: We can't talk about the case, Mr. Saint. Now, I understand your grief, but for your own safety, leave this to the professionals.
Howard Saint: Professionals... yes. I'll do that. I'll do that. Goodbye, son.

Quentin Glass: His real name's Frank Castle. Senior agent, just got the Bureau's London desk. His alias, connections, apartments in Europe-none of it was real. Not even his death.
Howard Saint: Well, maybe it was. Maybe he died and came back to life so he could die again.
Quentin Glass: You have your chance. He's leaving for London next week, and he's at a family reunion in Puerto Rico.
Howard Saint: I think you should be there, so you can come back and tell Livia how he dies.
Quentin Glass: All right.
Livia Saint: Wait. (She lifts her veil.) His family. His whole family.

Candelaria: Vaya con Dios, Castle. Go with God.
Frank Castle: God's gonna sit this one out.

Howard Saint, (raising his glass): To Bobby.
Quentin Glass and John Saint: To Bobby.
Livia Saint: To a score settled.

(Neighbors watch while Frank Castle revs his souped-up car's engine.)
Bumpo: It's really loud. Is it supposed to be that loud?
Dave: Oh, it's beautiful!
Joan: He hasn't slept all week.
Bumpo: How do you know?
Joan: 'Cause I haven't slept all week.

Micky Duka: Stay away from me, Castle! I got friends, you know.
Frank Castle: Let's talk about your friends.
Micky Duka: Make your own friends, buddy. I'm not saying nothin'. I talk to you, they'll kill me.
Frank Castle: If you don't help me, I'll kill you now, Mick.
Micky Duka: The Saints tell me nothing!
Frank Castle: Nothing? They pay your rent... your legal bills. You should know something.
Micky Duka: What's the torch for?
Frank Castle: Two thousand degrees, Mick. Enough to turn steel into butter. It won't hurt at first. It's, uh, too hot, you see? The flame sears the nerve endings shut, killing them. Then you'll go into shock... and all you'll feel is... cold. Isn't science fun, Micky?

(Dave and Bumpo hear agonized screams coming from Castle's apartment.)
Bumpo: Should we call the police?
Dave: Let's... stay out of it. He's a very scary man.
Bumpo: He's killing someone and we're next.
Dave: Exactly!

(John calls his father, who's out golfing)
John Saint: (on the phone) Pop? You're not gonna believe this.
Howard Saint: Oh, I think I might.
(the camera pans down to reveal Frank Castle's headstone, dumped near a hole)

(Castle shows up at a press conference at police headquarters.)
Jimmy Weeks: Castle? Where have you been?
Frank Castle: It's been five months since my family was killed. I don't see one man in jail.
Chief Morris: Obviously, you're upset–
Frank Castle: Upset? Is that the word? I used to get upset when I had a flat tire. I used to get upset when a plane was delayed. I used to get upset when the Yankees won the Series. So if that's what "upset" means, then how do I feel now? If you know the word, tell me, because I don't.

Accountant #1: You know whose money this is? You know whose building this is?
Frank Castle: Howard Saint's.
Accountant #2: He's gonna fuck your life up.
Frank Castle: He already fucked my life up.

Dave, (reading from computer screen): He speaks six languages–he did two tours in the 12th Special Ops, CTU.
Bumpo: What's "CTU"?
Dave: Counter-Terrorism Unit.

Howard Saint: How is he still alive? I don't know, Quentin, I wasn't there. Why is he still alive? Now that…that is an interesting question. Maybe he's meant to suffer more, I don't know. But how can we make him suffer if we can't find him?
Quentin Glass: He's daring us.
Howard Saint: No, no. He, he misses his family and he wants to die. He's asking for help-so let's help him.

Joan: I, uh, I've lived in seven cities in seven years, and in each one I've managed to find the one guy who'll treat me the worst. But I'm trying to fix that. You're Castle.
Frank Castle: Used to be.
Joan: We saw you on T.V.
Frank Castle: I don't have one.
Joan: I'm Joan. Dave's the one with all the, uh, the metal? And Bumpo's the one that…well, you can probably figure out which one Bumpo is. We're really sorry.
Frank Castle: About what?
Joan: About your family.
Frank Castle: Did you know them?
Joan: No.
Frank Castle: I'm over it.
(Through the door, Joan sees a whiskey bottle on the table in Castle's otherwise bare apartment.)
Joan: Don't let your memories kill you.
Frank Castle: They won't kill me.

Frank Castle: Do I know you?
Harry Heck: I know you. You're that boy in the newspaper - came back from the dead.
Frank Castle: I didn't catch your name.
(Harry Heck holds up a guitar case with his name engraved on it.)
Harry Heck: You like that song? I wrote that for you. I'm gonna sing it at your funeral.

(Castle has joined his neighbors for dinner in Joan's apartment.)
Joan: I know it's not Thanksgiving, but, um, I'd like us all to say what we're thankful for. I'll start. Um…I'm thankful to be alive this year. And to have a job, and to be sober.
Dave: Yeah - I'm thankful for my mom…getting out of jail. You now, it's, it's cool. And this girl gave me her number…which is also cool.
Bumpo: Thanks for leftovers-I'm full. Thanks for Diet Pepsi. And thanks for good neighbors.
(There is a long, awkward silence while everyone stares at Castle.)
Frank Castle: Thanks for dinner.
. . .
Joan: I know what it's like. I know what it's like to try and make your memories go away. You can make new memories. Good ones. Good memories can save your life.
Frank Castle: I'm not what you're looking for.

Quentin Glass: Where's Castle? (Dave and Bumpo stare at the floor.) Frank Castle. Who lives here. (to Bumpo) I asked you a question, fat man.
Dave: Leave him alone.
Quentin Glass: Then I'll ask you. Where's Castle?
Dave: He's not here.
Quentin Glass: Really? Are you sure?
Dave: (mumbles unintelligibly.)
Quentin Glass: What did you say? Hmm? I'm having a difficult time hearing you.
Dave: I said, "I'm not saying shit".
Quentin Glass: I don't want you to say "shit", I want you to answer me. You don't want to say anything about anything you might know? (He gets a set of pliers from tool cabinet and sits facing Dave.) Well, maybe we should get to know each other better. What's your name?
Dave: Dave.
Quentin Glass: You go to school around here? (Dave shakes his head.) You don't go to school?
Dave: No. No, I dropped out.
Quentin Glass: You dropped out? You're not doing drugs, are you?
Dave: Not right now...
Quentin Glass: And what are you doing with all this stuff? What is that?
Dave: Piercings.
Quentin Glass: Piercings. Did it hurt when you did that?
Dave: Not really.
Quentin Glass: You like that, when it hurt a little bit?
Dave: No.
Quentin Glass, (pointing to eyebrow ring): That's a special one there, isn't it? Is that your favorite? That's hard to get.
Dave: Yeah.
Quentin Glass, (fiddling with pliers): Answer my question, please.
Dave: No.
Quentin Glass: Come here. (He reaches for Dave's eyebrow ring with pliers.)
Dave: No... NO! (Quentin pins Dave's head and grabs the ring.)
Quentin Glass: (to Bumpo) Your friend's about to have a bad day. You can save him by talking. It doesn't have to be this way. (to Dave) You think you know about pain, boy? What do you know about pain? Huh? (He rips out eyebrow ring; Dave screams.) That's okay, that's okay. Dave? Li'l Dave? Are you gonna tell me?

(Joan and Frank Castle ride elevator to ground floor, where Bumpo tends to the mangled Dave.)
Bumpo: Look what they did to him…
Dave: They tried to make me talk. I gave 'em nothing.
Frank Castle: You don't know me. You don't owe me anything. I've brought you nothing but trouble. Why were you ready to die for me?
Dave: Because... you're one of us. You're family.

John Saint: Where have you been? Where's Quentin?
Howard Saint: Oh, well... he's wrapped up in something.
John Saint: I called home. No one was there.
Howard Saint: Your mother's gone.
John Saint: What?
Howard Saint: She took the train.

Joan: Say you kill them all; what then? What makes you any different from them?
Frank Castle: They have something to lose.

Salesman: Need help with some underpants, sir?
Quentin Glass: Go fuck yourself.

Frank Castle: I'm not a betting man, Jimmy.
Jimmy Weeks: I'll tell you who did it.
Frank Castle: You did it.
Jimmy Weeks: Saint did it!
Frank Castle: No, you did it. You called the other day 'cause you're sick, you need my help. That's what friends are for, right? Well here I am, I'm here to help.
Jimmy Weeks: What are you gonna do?
Frank Castle: I'm not gonna do anything.
(tosses him a bullet)
Frank Castle: You are.
Jimmy Weeks: Frank, I will...
Frank Castle: Let's say goodbye like the friends we were, huh? Not like animals.

Frank Castle: Howard Saint. HOWARD SAINT! (Saint stops, turns to face him.) You took everything from me.
Howard Saint: You killed my son!
(In the building behind Castle, John Saint's scream is followed by an explosion.)
Frank Castle: Both of them.

Frank Castle: You're right. Good memories can save your life. When Dave gets out of the hospital, check the cupboard. I left something. For all of you.
Joan: You're leaving?
Frank Castle: I have work to do. Read your newspaper every day. You'll understand.
Joan: Which section?
Frank Castle: Obituaries.


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