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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  • Denzel Washington in The Equalizer (2014)
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Trivia

The script originally has no back story about Robert, so Denzel Washington contributed much to the character's background and back story, including Robert having obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). In addition to his daily physical and fight training before filming, Washington met and interviewed several real-life OCD sufferers as to gain insights of how to play that disorder correctly.


Quotes

Susan Plummer: Teddy Rensen. Real name, Nicolai Itchenko. Skill set honed in Spetsnaz. He's formidable and smart. Ran a wing of the Secret Police for years. Went private when the Union fell. Basically he's a sociopath with a business card.


Goofs

(at around 1h 20 mins) A bad guy is chain smoking in an apartment. An overflowing ashtray is surrounded by empty cigarette packs. All the butts are Camels; all the packs are Marlboro. He pulls a Camel from a Marlboro pack and lights it.


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The closeup of the corkscrew being pushed further into Tevi's mouth, and the final shot of his face right before it's withdrawn.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


Soundtracks

Turnt Up Tonight
Written by
Who Is Fancy (as Fancy Hagood), Nathan Barlowe and Jesse Frasure
Performed by Who Is Fancy (as Fancy Hagood)
Courtesy of Big Machine Music, LLC
and Courtesy of Rio Bravo Music, Inc.

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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