A man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him cannot stand idly by when he meets a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters.

Director:

Antoine Fuqua

Writers:

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

Robert McCall,'s a former special service commando who faked his own death in hopes of living out a quiet life. Instead, he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to save a young girl, and finds his desire for justice reawakened after coming face-to-face with members of a brutal Russian gang. McCall becomes the go-to man when the helpless require the kind of vengeance they would never find without his skills.

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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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Trivia

The closing credits font is the same used in the television show on which the film is based, The Equalizer (1985). See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, while getting ready for work, Bob dresses in slacks and a button-up shirt. He is wearing the same outfit while at work, but on his way home, when he gets off the bus, he is wearing blue jeans. Once he arrives at his apartment, he is wearing the slacks and button-up again. See more »

Quotes

Robert McCall: [to Nicolai] The men I killed, your men... I gave them a chance, they made their decision... Now I'm giving you the opportunity to make yours.
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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 total approximately 15 seconds. The UK Ultra HD Blu-ray is uncut and rated 18. See more »

Connections

Featured in Playing the Part: The Cast of 'The Equalizer' (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Silver
Written by Zachary Abels (as Zach Abels), Jeremy Freedman, Mikey Margott (as Mike Margott) and Jesse James Rutherford (as Jesse Rutherford)
Performed by The Neighbourhood
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Ridiculous superhero movie. And I loved it.
17 June 2019 | by javier_8See all my reviews

This movie has a generic plot, damsel in distress, the bad guys, the overpowered superhero that can kill anyone in the most stylish and ridiculous ways... but it's entertaining, like if you don't think about the plot too much and you just want to enjoy the good guy punish the bad guys and bring a small piece of justice to the world.

Cool slow-motion scenes, cool fight scenes (ridículous, but cool), and Denzel is great at this role. Fun ride.


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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

Gross USA:

$101,530,738

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$192,330,738
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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