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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 ... 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 »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

26 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Equalizer 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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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Denzel Washington and Jacob Sullivan worked on a screenplay during downtime from shooting. See more »

Goofs

When McCall cuffs Frank in his car and forces him to speak by gassing him, Frank should have no problems shifting the transmission to back out of the garage, tapping the brake to kill the remote start system, or turning the engine off. See more »

Quotes

Teri: [comes to the Robert's table] I'm sorry. I'm breaking protocol, right?
Robert McCall: No, no. Listen, hey, come, come on, sit down. Sit. Sit... Sit.
Teri: Okay.
Robert McCall: Come on, sit down.
Teri: All right... Are you sure I'm not interrupting anything?
Robert McCall: Yeah... So?
Teri: I don't know. You know, I just kind of felt like a quiet voice... before it all goes crazy.
Robert McCall: Okay.
Teri: I'm Teri.
Robert McCall: Bob.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema, DVD and Blu-ray versions are cut for violence to secure a 15 rating, removing or reducing the following:
  • The closeup of the corkscrew being pushed further into Tevi's mouth, and the final shot 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 in two more scenes, which appear not to have been 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 totaled approximately 15 seconds. The UK 4K Blu-ray is uncut and rated 18. See more »

Connections

Followed by The Equalizer 2 (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Violin Concerto in D Major
Op. 35
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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10 October 2014 | by TheAnimalMotherSee all my reviews

Fairly solid action scenes, characters and overall execution. Somehow the filmmakers and actors make this very hard to believe film enjoyable. This is definitely a sensationalistic film(The most sensationalistic of Washington's career without a doubt.), and it's mostly a regurgitated cookie cutter crowd pleaser of violent vengeance as well, but it does manage to remain quite an entertaining action film at the same time. Even though it has a running time of over two hours, the film does feel overall as though it is missing a few key scenes, but nonetheless it's still worth a look if you're into these kinds of films. The movie didn't remind me much at all of the old T.V. series of the same name. The film is much more reminiscent of some of the old brutally violent morality tales that Charles Broson use to do. All that said, this basically chalks up as a good film to watch when you don't want to think much, and you just want to watch a lot of kick ass entertaining violence. It's that kind of guilty pleasure. 6.5/10


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