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Peter Shaffer (play)
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Release Date:
October 1977 (UK) See more »
"I am yours and you are mine" See more »
A psychiatrist attempts to uncover a troubled stable boy's disturbing obsession with horses. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Sidney Lumet: 1924-2011
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Hollywood Producer Kastner Dies
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Burton ... Martin Dysart

Peter Firth ... Alan Strang

Colin Blakely ... Frank Strang

Joan Plowright ... Dora Strang

Harry Andrews ... Harry Dalton

Eileen Atkins ... Hesther Saloman

Jenny Agutter ... Jill Mason

Kate Reid ... Margaret Dysart
John Wyman ... Horseman
Elva Mai Hoover ... Miss Raintree
Ken James ... Mr. Pearce
Patrick Brymer ... Hospital Patient
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sufi Bukhari ... 2nd Child (uncredited)
David Gardner ... Dr. Bennett (uncredited)
James Hurdle ... Mr. Davies (uncredited)
Frazier Mohawk ... Ringmaster (uncredited)
Mark Parr ... Clown (uncredited)
Karen Pearson ... Mary (uncredited)
Sheldon Rybowski ... 1st Child (uncredited)
Anita Van Hezewyck ... Horse Trainer (uncredited)

Brook Williams ... Bit part (uncredited)

Directed by
Sidney Lumet 
Writing credits
Peter Shaffer (play)

Peter Shaffer (screenplay)

Produced by
Denis Holt .... associate producer
Elliott Kastner .... producer
Lester Persky .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Rodney Bennett 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris 
Film Editing by
John Victor-Smith  (as John Victor Smith)
Casting by
Rose Tobias Shaw 
Clare Walker 
Production Design by
Tony Walton 
Art Direction by
Simon Holland 
Costume Design by
Tony Walton 
Makeup Department
Ron Berkeley .... makeup artist
Ken Brooke .... makeup artist
James Keeler .... hair stylist
Production Management
Colin M. Brewer .... production supervisor (as Colin Brewer)
Bob Gray .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Tringham .... assistant director
Art Department
Ninkey Adamson .... assistant art director
Guenter Bartlik .... scenic artist (as Gunther Bartlik)
Jack Carter .... construction controller
Gerry Holmes .... set dresser
Dave Jordan .... property supervisor
Lawrence Miller .... design assistant
Carol Spier .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor
Sanford Rackow .... sound editor
James Sabat .... sound mixer (as Jimmy Sabat)
Dick Vorisek .... re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
Kit West .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Maurice Arnold .... camera focus
Denis Fraser .... camera grip (as Dennis Fraser)
Ron Gillham .... key grip (as Ronnie Gillham)
Chris Holmes .... electrical gaffer
Matt Tundo .... camera operator
John Tythe .... electrical supervisor
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brenda Dabbs .... wardrobe supervisor
Patti Unger .... wardrobe mistress
Editorial Department
Harvey Rosenstock .... assistant editor
Peter Shatalow .... assistant editor
Music Department
Angela Morley .... conductor
Other crew
Yakima Canutt .... technical advisor
Arthur Carroll .... production accountant
Doug Doner .... wrangler
John Vanderpas .... wrangler
Sherry Wolfson .... production assistant
Iris Rose .... production secretary (uncredited)
Paul Schultz .... production assistant (uncredited)
Harry Kerwin .... thanks: sequence from 'Sweet Bird of Aquarius' furnished by
Earl Wainwright .... thanks: sequence from 'Sweet Bird of Aquarius' furnished by
Crew believed to be complete

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137 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Canada:18A | Canada:14+ (Ontario) | Finland:K-15 (new rating: 2001) (cut) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1978) | France:12 | Ireland:18 | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:16 (original rating) (1978) | Norway:15 | Norway:18 (theatrical rating) | Singapore:R21 (re-rating) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R (certificate #24890) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

The original Broadway production of "Equus" by Peter Shaffer opened at the Plymouth Theater in New York on October 24, 1974, ran for 1209 performances and won the 1975 Tony Award (New York City) for the Best Play.See more »
Continuity: 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...
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23 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Equus is exceptional., 23 July 2005
Author: andrewmsidle from United States

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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