Equus (1977)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Colin Blakely ...
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Harry Dalton
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Elva Mai Hoover ...
Miss Raintree
Ken James ...
Mr. Pearce
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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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"I am yours and you are mine" See more »


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October 1977 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Equus - Blinde Pferde  »

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Colin Blakely was unable to accept a role of a Police Inspector in US TV film Spectre (1977) because he had been booked for this project. Blakely "changed costumes" for this movie as he had played the Martin Dysart (played by Richard Burton) role on the London West End stage. Instead, Blakely played Alan Strang's father. 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 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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Music by Nick Ingman
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Equus is exceptional.
23 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have heard complaints about Equus not measuring up to the stage play, because the play/ story demands the manner in which the play is presented, the arrangement of the props, the production, etc. I've never seen the play, however, and consider the film a piece on its own, as I think it should be viewed anyway. And on its own, it is superb. The acting is first rate, particularly Burton and Firth. All the actors though contribute their best or close to their best work. Sidney Lumet works his magic as always and perfectly weaves the present and the flashbacks and Burton's narration into a powerful, psychological detective story. The questions posed by it strike at the foundations of western civilization and individual existence. Pretty heavy stuff and Burton, Lumet, et al. pull it off with wonderful precision. Anyone who questions what the heck they are ultimately doing in or with their lives should find this film worth watching.

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