Equus (film)

Equus is a 1977 British-American drama film directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Richard Burton. Peter Shaffer wrote the screenplay based on his play Equus. The film also featured Peter Firth, Colin Blakely, Joan Plowright, Eileen Atkins, and Jenny Agutter.


    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 17-year-old stable boy named Alan Strang, the only son of opinionated but inwardly-timid Frank Strang and his genteel, religious wife, Dora. As Dysart exposes the truths behind the boy's demons, he finds himself face-to-face with his own.



    Unlike the play, the film version was placed in a realistic setting, using real horses. Some critics and theatre purists found this objectionable, arguing that the spirit of the stage play was lost in the film. Others had praise for both Burton and Firth, who were in the stage versions of the play. The film received mixed reviews, currently holding a 69% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


    Academy Awards
    Golden Globes
    • Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama – Richard Burton (won)
    • Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture – Peter Firth (won)
    • BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress – Jenny Agutter (won)
    • BAFTA Award for Best Film Music – Richard Rodney Bennett (nominated)
    • BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actress – Joan Plowright (nominated)
    • BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor – Colin Blakely (nominated)
    • BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay — Peter Shaffer (nominated)
    • National Board of Review: Top Ten Films


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