Equus (1977)

Equus (1977)

Taglines: I am yours and you are mine.

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.

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.

Awards and Nominations

Academy Awards
Best Actor – Richard Burton (nominated)
Best Supporting Actor – Peter Firth (nominated)
Best Adapted Screenplay – Peter Shaffer (nominated)

Golden Globes
Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama – Richard Burton (won)
Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture – Peter Firth (won)

BAFTAs
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)

Equus Movie Poster (1977)

Equus (1977)

Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Richard Burton, Peter Firth, Colin Blakely, Joan Plowright, Harry Andrews, Eileen Atkins, Jenny Agutter, Kate Reid
Screenplay by: Peter Shaffer
Production Design by: Tony Walton
Cinematography by: Oswald Morris
Film Editing by: John Victor-Smith
Costume Design by: Tony Walton
Art Direction by: Simon Holland
Music by: Richard Rodney Bennett
Distributed by: United Artists
Release Date: October 14, 1977