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FULL 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, Rovi

  • Release date:October 16, 1977

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Jenny Agutter Best Supporting Actress 1977 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Peter Firth Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1977 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter Firth Best Supporting Actor 1977 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Richard Burton Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1977 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Burton Best Actor 1977 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter Shaffer Best Adapted Screenplay 1977 Nominee

Cast

Richard Burton
as Dr. Martin Dysart
Peter Firth
as Alan Strang
Colin Blakely
as Frank Strang
Joan Plowright
as Dora Strang
Harry Andrews
as Harry Dalton
Eileen Atkins
as Hesther Saloman
Jenny Agutter
as Jill Mason
John Wyman
as The Horseman
Kate Reid
as Margaret Dysart
Christopher Atkins
David Gardner
as Dr. Bennett
Ken James
as Mr. Pearce
Patrick Brymer
as Patient
Sheldon Rybowski
as First Child
Elva Mai Hoover
as Miss Raintree
James Hurdle
as Mr. Davies

Crew

Sidney Lumet
Director
Lester Persky
Producer
Elliott Kastner
Producer
Peter Shaffer
Play Author
Peter Shaffer
Screenwriter
Oswald Morris
Cinematographer
Richard Rodney Bennett
Composer (Music Score)
Tony Walton
Production Designer
Simon Holland
Art Director
Gerry Holmes
Set Designer
Brenda Dabbs
Costume Designer
Patti Unger
Costume Designer
Tony Walton
Costume Designer
Richard Vorisek
Sound/Sound Designer
David Tringham
First Assistant Director
John Vanderpas
Consultant/advisor
Yakima Canutt
Consultant/advisor
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