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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.
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Martin Dysart
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Alan Strang
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Frank Strang
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Dora Strang
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Harry Dalton
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Hesther Saloman
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Jill Mason
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Margaret Dysart
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Horseman
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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)
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1st Child (uncredited)
Anita Van Hezewyck ...
Horse Trainer (uncredited)
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Bit part (uncredited)

Directed by

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Sidney Lumet

Written by

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Peter Shaffer ... (play)
 
Peter Shaffer ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Denis Holt ... associate producer
Elliott Kastner ... producer
Lester Persky ... producer

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Richard Rodney Bennett

Cinematography by

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Oswald Morris

Film Editing by

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John Victor Smith

Editorial Department

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Harvey Rosenstock ... assistant editor
Peter Shatalow ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Rose Tobias Shaw
Clare Walker

Production Design by

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Tony Walton

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Simon Holland

Costume Design by

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Tony Walton

Makeup Department

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Ron Berkeley ... makeup artist
Ken Brooke ... makeup artist
James Keeler ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Colin M. Brewer ... production supervisor (as Colin Brewer)
Bob Gray ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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David Tringham ... assistant director

Art Department

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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

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Jack Fitzstephens ... sound editor
Sanford Rackow ... sound editor
James Sabat ... sound mixer (as Jimmy Sabat)
Dick Vorisek ... re-recording mixer

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Kit West ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Maurice Arnold ... camera focus
Dennis Fraser ... camera grip
Ron Gillham ... key grip (as Ronnie Gillham)
Chris Holmes ... electrical gaffer
Matt Tundo ... camera operator
John Tythe ... electrical supervisor

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Brenda Dabbs ... wardrobe supervisor
Patti Unger ... wardrobe mistress

Music Department

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Angela Morley ... conductor

Other crew

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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)

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Harry Kerwin ... thanks: sequence from 'Sweet Bird of Aquarius' furnished by
Earl Wainwright ... thanks: sequence from 'Sweet Bird of Aquarius' furnished by
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines "I am yours and you are mine" See more »
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Also Known As
  • Hesteguden (Denmark)
  • Έκβους (Greece)
  • Hevonen (Finland)
  • Эквус (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • Hasten (Finland, Swedish title)
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  • 137 min
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Trivia Richard Burton had hoped this film would lead to a major comeback in his career. Instead the film was a notorious flop, and he only received offers for minor films and was never again a star in box office terms. See more »
Goofs Some of the horses blinded in the final scene in the stable are obviously just puppets. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 35th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1978). See more »
Soundtracks Motor City See more »
Quotes Martin Dysart: Worship all you can see, and more will appear.
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