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Equus (1977)

Cast: Richard Burton, Richard Burton, Peter Firth, more...
Director: Sidney Lumet, Sidney Lumet
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 137 min.
Languages: English, Spanish
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Synopsis
Richard Burton plays a psychiatrist who attempts to discover why young Peter Firth has taken to mutilating live horses. In probing Firth's psyche, Burton discovers that the source of the boy's obsession is his mother, Joan Plowright, who has raised Firth with a convoluted set of values. Even as he gets closer to the reason behind Firth's horrendous acts, Burton discovers many previously locked-away secrets within himself. Equus was based on the play by Peter Schaffer who received an Academy Award Nomination for his adapted screenplay. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Fine Film by pablosecca October 1, 2004 - 2:34 PM PDT
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This is an excellent film that comes around full circle. Schaeffer's work attempts to tap into deep realms of the psychology, and with some success does so. The reason is partly due to the film's steady honesty, and seriousness. Sure and focused direction by Lumet. Of course, two grounding and fine performances by Firth as the youngster and Burton as the doctor. Few missteps, perhaps mainly overwrought scenes with secondaries, and a one-track theme that dulls some subsidiary possibilities. Highly recommended overall, though.




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