The Equalizer Quotes: Dark Study of Vengeance

(Total Quotes: 88)

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Written by:
Richard Wenk
Michael Sloan (television series)
Richard Lindheim (television series)
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
Anastasia Mousis – Jenny
Allen Maldonado – Marcus
Rhet Kidd – Jay
Mike Morrell – HM Brian
Matt Lasky – Marat
Shawn Fitzgibbon – Little John Looney
Vitaliy Shtabnoy – Andri
Timothy John Smith – Detective Gilly
Robert Wahlberg – Detective Harris


Loosely based on the 1980s TV series, The Equalizer quotes are a dark and edgy study in vigilante retribution. In this reboot the story follows retired ex-special forces operative Robert McCall who lives a life of quiet and routine working at a local hardware store during the day and reading at the local diner at night. However, McCall’s self-imposed quiet life is interrupted when a young prostitute he’s befriended is beaten up by Russian mobsters and McCall finds his desire for justice is reawakened.

Sadly the plot doesn’t offer anything unique or special in this film and the background characterization of McCall is pretty thin since his troubled backstory comes across as ambiguous and poorly developed. However, once the story gets into the action and violence, although what we get is pretty brutal, this is where the film is at its best as the violence gets quite inventive. Whatever holes there are in the plot are more than made up by Washington’s mesmerizing and engaging performance making McCall intriguing and badass at the same time.

The other performances that stand out are Chloë Grace Moretz as the troubled young prostitute, who although has limited screen time does make good onscreen bonding with Washington’s character, and Marton Csokas as the Russian mob’s fixer hunting McCall does a great job of coming across as wildly unpredictable, intimidating and savagely brutal making him a strong villain for the story.

Verdict: Denzel Washington is pretty much the only reason to watch this film as his elusive but layered performance is what gels everything together and makes it work.

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“The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why. – Mark Twain”


[first lines; Robert McCall is up before his alarm goes off, we see him getting ready and going to his job at Home Mart, we see McCall wheeling bags of cement down to some construction workers]
Robert McCall: Thought you finished this job last week.
[he hands them the paperwork to sign]
Construction Worker: The owner wants the driveway wider now.
Robert McCall: When they pay…
Construction Worker: They say. Thank you.
[the construction worker gives the paperwork back to McCall who turns and makes his way back through the hall passing two employees talking]
Jay: They make the newer guys take tests. Like firemen.
Marcus: Yoh, Pops. Bet you didn’t have to push dollies at your old job, did you?
Robert McCall: Guilty as charged.


[McCall enters the lunch hall]
Robert McCall: How you doing, Jenny?
Jenny: Mm-hmm. Better now.
[McCall joins his co-worker Ralphie for lunch]
Ralphie: How’s it going, Mr. McCall.
Robert McCall: Alright, Ralphie. What you got there?
Ralphie: It’s tuna.
Robert McCall: Bread?
Ralphie: Whole-grain, gluten-free.
Robert McCall: Okay. Condiments?
Ralphie: Sprouts, avocado and veganese mayo.
Robert McCall: Okay.
[Ralphie takes a bite of his sandwich and McCall hears a crunching noise]
Ralphie: The bone in the tuna.
[McCall gives him an “I don’t believe you” look, Ralphie passes his sandwich to McCall]


[McCall lifts the bread off of Ralphie’s sandwich to see there’s chips in it]
Robert McCall: Oh.
Ralphie: What? Potatoes are a vegetable.
[McCall holds up one chip]
Ralphie: I like crunchy things.
Robert McCall: Carrots are crunchy. Dried seaweed is crunchy.
Ralphie: I’m a human, not a rabbit.
Robert McCall: You want to make security guard, you gotta lose weight. You got a test in one week. Now, you asked me to help you, but if you’re not willing to apply yourself.
Ralphie: Yeah.
Robert McCall: Hey. Progress, not perfection.
[McCall passes the sandwich back to Ralphie who nods his head and starts taking out the chips]
Ralphie: No more chips.
Robert McCall: No more chips.
Ralphie: Who needs flavor? Right?
[McCall laughs]


[after McCall finishes work we see him taking the bus home, he has his dinner alone, washes his dishes, he then reads his book for a bit before deciding to go to the diner to read his book, as he enters the diner he takes a seat and sets his book “The Old Man and the Sea” and the cutlery at the table exactly as he wants, then he takes out his own tea bag]
Diner Patron: All right, see you later, Jake.
Jake: Have a good one, Billy.
[as the two construction workers leave one of them blows air kisses at the young girl, Teri, sitting at the diner counter, she flips him off]
Teri: Fuck you.
[the waiter places a cup in front of McCall and pours hot water, McCall places his tea bag in it]
Robert McCall: Thank you.equalizer-2
Jake: You’re welcome.
[McCall picks up his book to read when Teri interrupts him]
Teri: He catch that fish yet?
Robert McCall: Just hooked it.
Teri: It’s about damn time.
Robert McCall: Well, it’s a big fish. Don’t know if he can hang on, though.
Teri: Oh, no.
Robert McCall: Mm. Tooth and nail right now.
Teri: Yeah, well, maybe he’s just too old.
[McCall chuckles]


[as Teri eats her pie]
Robert McCall: Thought you were gonna give up refined sugar.
Teri: I am.
Robert McCall: When?
Teri: Any day now.
Robert McCall: Yeah? Bad for your vocal cords. Body, mind, spirit, remember?
Teri: I bought a little machine for making demos.
Robert McCall: Yeah? I bet you’re good.
Teri: What makes you say that?
Robert McCall: Intuition.
[Teri gets up to leave]
Teri: Alright, well, I’ll see you later, Jake.
[she places her money on the counter]
Jake: Okay. See you later, honey.
[Teri turns to leave]
Teri: You let me know what happens with that, uh…
Robert McCall: Mm?
Teri: …fish.
Robert McCall: Okay.
Teri: Alright, I’ll see you.
[Teri leaves the diner and hails down a cab]
Teri: Hey!


[the next day as McCall is sitting taking a break at work Marcus and Jay walk over to him]
Marcus: Hey, yoh, Pops. We’re betting on what you did before you got here.
Jay: Like, for a living.
Marcus: I’m saying insurance, claims and shit.
Jay: He was a stock dude, man. He was on Wall Street.
Robert McCall: I was a Pip.
Jay: Yoh, you were a pimp?
Robert McCall: No, not a pimp. A Pip. P-I-P. Pip.
Jay: What the fuck is a Pip?
Robert McCall: Why you gotta curse so much? You know, like Gladys Knight and the Pips. Like this.
[he starts doing the dance moves]
Home Mart Employee: Check this out!


[as they watch McCall doing his Gladys Knight and the Pips dance moves]
Marcus, Jay: Oh, come on!
Marcus: Stop it. Uh-uh. Uh-uh. Don’t do that, right now. Don’t do that.
Home Mart Employee: Yeah. Break it.
[McCall continues doing the moves and spins around]
Marcus: Oh, the spin?
Jay: What?
Marcus: Wait a minute. Oh, the slide
Jay: You’re gonna blow the whistle!
[as McCall does the final move]
Jay: Oh!
Marcus: Ah!
[McCall starts walking off]


Marcus: Come on. I’m gonna look it up right here. Man, I’m looking this up. I’m gonna look.
[Marcus takes out his phone and searches for Gladys Knight and the Pips on “Soul Train”]
Marcus: Yoh, so which one were you?
Robert McCall: The one on the right.
[Marcus and Jay look at the show on the phone]
Marcus: Yoh, that’s not him right there.
Jay: Yeah, that’s him with the afro.
Marcus: Hm? He’s bald!
Jay: So he had a wig on!
Marcus: That’s cool, yoh.
Jay: That’s him.


[that night McCall is back at the diner reading his book when Teri walks in]
Teri: Hey, Jake. What a fucking night.
[she sits at the counter]
Jake: Yeah, it’s tough out there, honey.equalizer-3
[he places coffee and a plate of pie in front of her]
Jake: Here you go, kid.
Teri: Thanks.
[Teri looks over to McCall and notices he’s reading a new book]
Teri: He ever catch it?
Robert McCall: Hm?
Teri: The fish.
Robert McCall: Oh, yeah. Yes. Yeah, he did.
Teri: It’s a happy ending.
Robert McCall: Well, mm…not exactly. The old man tied the fish to the side of the boat, had to row back to shore. The fish bled in the water, sharks came and ate the whole fish till there was nothing left.
Teri: Well that’s just kind of a waste, isn’t it?
Robert McCall: No. Depends upon how you look at it. The old man met his greatest adversary just when he thought that part of his life was over. He saw himself in the fish. Came to… came to respect it the more it fought.
Teri: Why didn’t he just let the fish go?
Robert McCall: The old man’s gotta be the old man. Fish gotta be the fish. Gotta be who you are in this world, right? No matter what.


[as a limo pulls up across from the diner Teri gets a call from her pimp, Slavi; in Russian]
Slavi: You’ve got a client.
Teri: I don’t want to.
Slavi: What?
Teri: Can’t you get someone else?
Slavi: He wants you.
Teri: But this customer is a pig.
Slavi: He’s waiting outside.
[the limo outside honks its horn, the limo car door opens to reveal an obese man waiting sat in the car, clearly upset Teri turns to Jake]
Teri: How much is it, Jake?
Jake: Don’t worry about it. Go make your living.
Teri: Thanks, Jake.
[Teri slowly makes her way towards the door, McCall watches as she wipes her tears and walks outside to meet her client]
Teri: Hey, honey! How you doing? You ready to have a good time?


[we see McCall helping Ralphie get into shape by pulling a bit heavy tire]
Robert McCall: Come on. Pull, pull, pull, pull, pull, pull! Pull, pull, pull! Come on, come on. Eight, seven, six, five, four, four, four.
[Ralphie falls to the floor as he pulls]
Robert McCall: Oh, come on, now. Come on.
Ralphie: I can’t.
Robert McCall: You can’t? What if that were me? You gonna leave me to die of smoke inhalation? I’m a buck ninety. How you gonna pull me out of a burning building if you can’t pull a tire twenty yards?
Ralphie: I’m not strong enough.
Robert McCall: Hey, don’t doubt yourself, son. Doubt kills. Get up. Come on, get up. Get up. Giddyup, giddyup, giddyup!
[Ralphie pulls himself up]
Robert McCall: On your mark, get set, pull.
[Ralphie starts pulling the tire again]
Robert McCall: Come on. Who’s gonna make security guard?
Ralphie: I am!
Robert McCall: Who’s gonna make security guard?
Ralphie: I am!
Robert McCall: Who’s gonna make security guard?
Ralphie: I am!
[Ralphie finally pulls the tire to the cross line]
Robert McCall: There you go. I like it. Let’s do it again.


[McCall goes to diner in the evening again, he finds Teri listening to music and wearing sunglasses to hide a bruise on her face, he gets her attention by offering her a doughnut]
Robert McCall: Loaded with poison, just like you like it.
Teri: Is it your birthday?
Robert McCall: No, it was some guy at work. I didn’t want to waste it.
Teri: Happy birthday, Some Guy at Work. How old are you?
[McCall walks over to sit at his usual table]
Robert McCall: How old are you?
Teri: Doesn’t really matter.
[Teri gets up, take the doughnut and walks over to McCall’s table, he looks at her]
Teri: I’m sorry. I’m breaking protocol, right?
[she turns to walk away]
Robert McCall: No, no. Listen. Hey, come on, sit down. Sit. Sit. Sit.
[he pulls the chair opposite him out]
Teri: Okay.
Robert McCall: Come on, sit down.
Teri: Alright.


[Teri takes the seat opposite McCall at his table]
Teri: 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.
[he extends his hand in a fist in a friendly gesture, Teri punches his fist, McCall chuckles]
Robert McCall: Ow. It’s good.
Teri: You know, you don’t look like a Bob.
Robert McCall: Oh, yeah?
[to Jake who pours him some coffee]
Robert McCall: Thank you.
Teri: You look like a Robert. Robert reads books like this, and Bob watches TV.


Teri: My real name’s Alina.
Robert McCall: What happened to your face?
Teri: Something stupid.
[Teri reaches into her bag and takes out a CD and gives it to McCall]
Robert McCall: Look, it’s not professional. Just tell me what you think, okay?
[McCall picks up the CD on which Teri’s written “My Songs. Alina: ‘Teri'” ]
Robert McCall: Oh, wow. Alina the singer.
Teri: You and I know what I really am.
Robert McCall: I think you can be anything you wanna be.
Teri: Maybe in your world, Robert. Doesn’t happen that way in mine.
Robert McCall: Change your world.


[as McCall stirs his coffee Teri notices he has no wedding ring]
Teri: There’s no ring.
Robert McCall: Hm?
Teri: On your wedding finger, there’s no ring.
Robert McCall: No.
Teri: So no Mrs. Robert at home?
Robert McCall: No.
Teri: Was there ever?
Robert McCall: Once.
Teri: Did you break her heart?
Robert McCall: She broke mine.
[Teri looks at him for a moment]
Teri: You know, I see a lot of widowed guys. Something in your eyes. You know, it’s not sad. It’s just kind of…lost, you know?
[McCall stares at her]


Teri: You always read books?
Robert McCall: My wife did. She, uh…she was working through the One Hundred Books Everybody Should Read. She made it to ninety-seven, so I figured I…I’d give it a shot. And one day we’d have something to talk about when we get together.
Teri: Wow, a hundred books.
Robert McCall: Yeah.
Teri: Holy moley. How many have you read, Robert?
Robert McCall: Ninety-one.
[just then Teri’s phone starts ringing]
Teri: Sorry, this damn thing.
[she turns off her phone]
Teri: Ninety-one books, though. You’re almost done.
Robert McCall: Almost.
Teri: What are you gonna do after that?
Robert McCall: Take singing lessons. And then I’m gonna open a doughnut factory.
[Teri starts laughing]
Robert McCall: What? Why are you laughing?
[McCall starts laughing with her and they continue to talk]


[later that night McCall walks with Teri]
Teri: You know, I love being up at this hour.
Robert McCall: Yeah?
Teri: Yeah. You know everything’s so dark. It makes everything seem possible again.
Robert McCall: Yeah, me, I can’t sleep at night.
Teri: Yeah, well, I get to hear your stories. What’s your new one about?
Robert McCall: Oh, it’s about a guy who thinks he’s a knight in shining armor. The only thing is, he lives in a world where knights don’t exist anymore.
Teri: Kind of sounds like my world.
Robert McCall: I’m just up the block.equalizer-4
Teri: I’m gonna grab a cab or something. Thank you for the quiet voice, Robert.
[McCall extends his hand and she shakes it]
Robert McCall: You are very welcome, Alina.
Teri: Yeah. Catch you around, alright?
Robert McCall: Good night.
[just as Teri turns to leave a car pulls up across from them]
Teri: Shit.
[to McCall]
Teri: See you.


[Slavi gets out of his car and Teri walks over to him, he starts talking in Russian]
Slavi: What did you do, huh?
[Slavi grabs Teri]
Slavi: What did you do to that customer?
[she replies in Russian]
Teri: Slavi, he hit me. Alright?
[suddenly Slavi slaps Teri and starts talking in English]
Slavi: Who the fuck do you think you are? Hm?
[to McCall as he starts walking over to them]
Teri: It’s alright. It’s alright.
[Slavi speaks in Russian again]
Slavi: Understand.
[to McCall]
Teri: It’s alright. It’s alright, Robert.
[Slavi drags Teri to his car]
Slavi: Let’s talk about you not answering my calls.
[as Slavi puts Teri in his car McCall notices Slavi’s henchman, Tevi, is holding a gun]
Slavi: Bitch!
[in Russian; referring to McCall]
Tevi: Should we give him a card?


[Slavi walks over to McCall]
Slavi: This girl, she’s no good.
[he gives McCall a business card]
Slavi: Call this number. I send you another. Better.
[Slavi walks back to his car]
Slavi: Come on.
[to McCall in Russian]
Tevi: Don’t be shy. Make the call. Understand.
[McCall watches Teri in the car as it pulls away; the next night McCall visits the diner as usual but Teri doesn’t show; McCall walks into the diner another night]
Jake: I heard she’s at the ICU at Shawmuts. Someone beat her up real good.


[McCall goes to the hospital and sees another prostitute, Mandy, by Teri’s side, he watches them from a distance]
Mandy: You’ll be okay, Alina. You’ll be okay.
[McCall sits in the hospital hallway reading his book when he sees Mandy walk over to the coffee machine crying, as she pours herself some coffee she forgets to turn the tap off and the coffee spills out on her hand, McCall rushes over to help her]
Robert McCall: Oh. Watch it. Don’t you worry about it.
Mandy: It’s okay. It’s okay.
Robert McCall: Here you go.
[he hands Mandy a napkin and tries to clear up the mess]
Mandy: I can…I can….it’s fine. Thank you.
Robert McCall: Got it. How’s she doing?
[Mandy looks at him with distrust]
Robert McCall: Alina. How’s she doing?
Mandy: Who are you?
Robert McCall: Just a friend.
[McCall offers her a napkin and she takes it]


[Mandy recounts to McCall what happened to Teri]
Mandy: A guy hit her. And she hit him back. A guy called Slavi. So Slavi made example of her. They do that. They burned one girl’s face with battery acid. Keep her around as a reminder for the rest of us. They brought Teri over very young. I think she got to the point where she thought her life could be hers one day. Slavi reminded her it never would be. He said he’d cut her throat next time. He said a whore who fucks and can’t talk might be worth twice as much.
[later McCall looks at the card that Slavi gave him, he then looks at the CD Teri had given him, he then thinks back to his last conversation with Teri and his conversation with Mandy]
Teri: You and I know what I really am. It’s something in your eyes.
Robert McCall: Change your world. Anything you wanna be.
Mandy: He said he’d cut her throat next time.


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