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The Equalizer (2014)

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A man believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and has dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by - he has to help her.

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Antoine Fuqua

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Richard Wenk, Michael Sloan (based on the television series created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Robert McCall
Marton Csokas ... Teddy
Chloë Grace Moretz ... Teri
David Harbour ... Masters
Haley Bennett ... Mandy
Bill Pullman ... Brian Plummer
Melissa Leo ... Susan Plummer
David Meunier ... Slavi
Johnny Skourtis ... Ralphie
Alex Veadov ... Tevi
Vladimir Kulich ... Vladimir Pushkin
E. Roger Mitchell ... Lead Investigator
James Wilcox ... Pederson
Mike O'Dea Mike O'Dea ... Remar (as Mike P. O'Dea)
Anastasia Mousis Sanidopoulos ... Jenny (as Anastasia Mousis)
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Storyline

The Equalizer stars Denzel Washington as Robert McCall, a former Black Ops commando who faked his own death in hopes of living out a quiet life in Boston. However, when he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to save a young girl named Teri "Chloë Grace Moretz", he finds his thirst for justice reawakened after coming face-to-face with a syndicate of brutal Russian gangsters. Afterwards, McCall becomes the go-to man when the helpless require the kind of vengeance they would never find without his skills.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

What do you see when you look at me?

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence and language throughout, including some sexual references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

26 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El justiciero See more »

Filming Locations:

Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,137,828, 28 September 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$101,530,738

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$192,330,738
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Denzel Washington was so impressed by director Antoine Fuqua's preparation for the movie, especially the character's mindset during each scene, even Denzel told the director to play the lead role instead of him. See more »

Goofs

McCall defeats the fake power worker in the diner, but takes a glancing shot across his inner right thigh. When he flees, he turns left down an alley. Teddy follows and tracks him by noticing a chest-high blood stain on the left wall immediately upon entering the alley. How did a blood stain from a wound on an inner right thigh show up chest high on a wall to the left? No way McCall put it there because he's clearly trying to avoid them and does for the rest of the scene. (It is possible he put his hand on it, and transferred the blood to the wall.) See more »

Quotes

Robert McCall: [Detective Gilly picks up his cell phone] Why waste city services when I got two corrupt cops right in front of me?
Detective Gilly: It's that guy.
Detective Harris: This fucking guy?
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Alternate Versions

Nearly all UK versions are cut for violence to secure a 15 rating, removing the following so as not to earn an 18 by "dwell(ing) on the infliction of pain and injury":
  • The closeup of the corkscrew being pushed further into Tevi's mouth, and the final one of his face right before it's withdrawn.
  • The first shot of the mercenary bleeding and choking on the barbed wire noose.
Columbia made additional cuts to two more scenes, which weren't requested by the BBFC:
  • A closeup of Teddy beating Little John's bloodied face twice, and a shot from behind that shows him readying another punch.
  • The gangster being impaled through the neck was shortened at the start and end.
The six cuts totalled 15 seconds. The 2018 4K Blu-ray is uncut and rated 18. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Equalizer: Children of the Night (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Valse-Scherzo
Op. 34
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Dmitry Yablonsky
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q
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A Stylish And Daring Action Thriller
3 October 2014 | by CalRhysSee all my reviews

Antoine Fuqua's and Denzel Washington's paths collide once more as they come together to create a stylish and daring action thriller about a man with a mysterious past, whose quiet life suddenly turns into a rip- roaring adventure of guns and thrills. Both Denzel Washington and Chloe Grace Moretz give stellar performances and display perfect chemistry as two friends stuck in a world of crime and violence. Arguably Fuqua's best film since 'Training Day', 'The Equalizer' is a brutal and merciless tale that explores the Russian underworld on the East Coast and the corruption ties within the law enforcement of Boston's police department.


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