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
"I am yours and you are mine"
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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
Some of the horses blinded in the final scene in the stable are obviously just puppets. See more
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 sated 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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