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.
A moment of love becomes a crime of passion.
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Writer Peter Shaffer
and director Sidney Lumet
worked for over a year in development and pre-production preparing Shaffer's "Equus" stage-play for this film version. Lumet had agreed to do the film as a favor to Shaffer. 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 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. 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...
Referenced in By Sidney Lumet
Music by David Berkwood and Eton Blocka
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