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Equus (1977)

R | | Drama, Mystery | October 1977 (UK)
A psychiatrist attempts to uncover a troubled stable boy's disturbing obsession with horses.



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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Harry Dalton
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A psychiatrist, Martin Dysart, investigates the savage blinding of six horses with a metal spike in a stable in Hampshire, England. The atrocity was committed by an unassuming seventeen-year-old stable boy named Alan Strang, the only son of an opinionated but inwardly-timid father and a genteel, religious mother. As Dysart exposes the truths behind the boy's demons, he finds himself face-to-face with his own. Written by Serenleono <verax@mindspring.com>

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A moment of love becomes a crime of passion. See more »


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Release Date:

October 1977 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Equus - Blinde Pferde  »

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Writer Peter Shaffer and director Sidney Lumet worked for over a year in development and pre-production preparing Shaffer's "Equus" stage-play for this film version. Lumet had agreed to do the film as a favor to Shaffer. See more »


When Dr. Dysart is holding the "truth drug", he has his hand alternately open and closed around it. See more »


[first lines]
Martin Dysart: Afterward he says, they always embrace. The animal digs his sweaty brow into his cheek, and they stand in the dark for an hour, like a naked couple. And of all nonsensical things, I keep thinking about the horse, not the boy. The horse and what he might be trying to do. I keep seeing the huge head, kissing him with its chained mouth, nudging from the metal some desire absolutely irrelevant to fulfilling its bearing or propagating its own kind. What desire could this be? Not to stay...
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21 April 1999 | by See all my reviews

Richard Burton gave his finest performance in this adaptation of the Peter Shaffer play about a psychiatrist (Burton) who must unravel a mystery surrounding the blinding of a number horses from a young boy,played to perfection by Peter Firth. The film loses the play's theatricality immensely, but the performances in the film are so incredible all around that none of that will matter. Joan Plowright stands out as the young boy's mother. Burton and Firth were Oscar nominated.

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