The Equalizer (2014)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Thriller

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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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Did You Know?


At the beginning, in Robert's home, when the bookcase is shown, there are leather-bound books. These appear to be from the Franklin Library/Franklin Mint, offered as a set in the '80s.


Marcus: Hey, yo, Pops. We betting on what you did before you got here.
Jay: Like for a living.
Marcus: I'm saying insurance, claims.
Jay: He was a stock dude, man, on Wall Street.
Robert McCall: I was a Pip.
Jay: Yo, you were a pimp?
Robert McCall: No, not a pimp. A Pip, P-I-P, Pip.
Jay: What fuck is a Pip?
Robert McCall: Why ...


After Home Mart cashier Jenny gets robbed of her cash register money and the thief also takes her ring, McCall grabs a new sledge hammer from the store to exact revenge and get the ring back. All the hammers are hanging between wall pegs with the UPC stickers on the handles facing out.

When the store opens the following morning and Jenny finds her ring in her register, McCall returns the sledge hammer to its place on the pegboard, wiping it off as he's doing so. Only he places the hammer with the sticker facing in, not out like all the rest.

Someone with OCD would never do that.

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 • The closeup of the corkscrew being pushed further into Tevi's mouth, and the final one of his face right before it's withdrawn.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.


Op. 34
Written by
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Dmitry Yablonsky
Courtesy of Naxos
By arrangement with Source/Q


Plot Summary

Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Action | Crime | Thriller


Release Date:

26 September 2014


English, Russian, Spanish

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA

Box Office


$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

HUF 34,878,750 (Hungary) (28 September 2014)


$101,530,738 (USA)

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