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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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Storyline

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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"I am yours and you are mine" See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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Equus - Blinde Pferde  »

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Trivia

The film's producers were very glad when the movie received an R rating, as they were worried the extensive full frontal male nudity would qualify it for an X rating. Three versions were filmed of the final scene of Peter Firth in the barn; one where he was completely naked and repeatedly shown full frontal, a second version where he was only filmed naked from the waist up for television versions, and a third version where he was not shown naked at all in case the censors would not allow the nudity at all. Sometimes when the film is shown on television the scene is heavily edited, or the picture is cropped in such a way that Firth's penis and scrotum are not shown. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[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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Motor City
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Music by Nick Ingman
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As Deep as a Movie can get.
14 April 2005 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

This is Richard Burton's most powerful performance. It his his story that gives the movie's its narration. Although this is the story of Peter Firth's character and his struggle with his love and connection with horses, it is Burton's power that makes this movie deep. Anyone in the field of psychology and / or therapy needs to watch this movie. It is a story of ones search of meaning and redemption. Somewhat hard to understand at times, this is more than a story about a young man and his confusion with life and his beliefs. Jenny Agutter is once again pure eye candy. To say she is Posh is beyond fact. Although she has a limited role, her time spent on screen is great. Each time she appears, she lights up the screen with her beauty. Still, it is the power of Burton and Firth that makes this drama somewhat of a masterpiece.


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