In the movie The Equalizer (2014), there is the following conversation:

Teri: What's your book about?

Robert McCall: It's about a guy who is a knight in shining armor, except he lives in a world where knights don't exist anymore.

Does anyone know what the book is that Denzel Washington (Robert McCall) is talking about?

Is it even about a real book or is this just a line for the movie?

Notes: Also in the movie, he makes a reference to Moby Dick which leads me to believe that this line is also about a real book.

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It's don't think it's explicit in the movie but it's Don Quixote

The script varies slightly from the actual dialogue but it is clear....

The script has it as:

          McCall holds up DON QUIXOTE.

       Guy who thinks he’s a Knight. Only
       he lives in a world where knights
       don’t exist any more.
  • I think the obvious thing is that the viewer sees McCall (as does perhaps McCall himself also does) as the two literary characters -- The Old Man and Quixote mentioned. The hooker without being familiar with the works gets in a dig indicating that she, too, understood this.
    – releseabe
    Commented Nov 19, 2022 at 19:33

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