Equus (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sidney Lumet
Produced by Elliott Kastner
Lester Persky
Denis Holt
Screenplay by Peter Shaffer
Based on Equus 
by Peter Shaffer
Starring Richard Burton
Peter Firth
Jenny Agutter
Joan Plowright
Colin Blakely
Music by Richard Rodney Bennett
Cinematography Oswald Morris
Edited by John Victor-Smith
Winkast Film Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • 14 October 1977 (1977-10-14) (United Kingdom)
  • 16 October 1977 (1977-10-16) (United States)
Running time
137 minutes
Country United Kingdom
United States
Language English

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 71% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[1]


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