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A film adaptation of the famous play by Peter Shaffer, Equus stars Richard Burton (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, 1984) as Martin Dysart, a psychiatrist who takes on an unusual case: a young stable boy (Peter Firth, The Hunt for Red October) who, in a frenzy, has blinded six horses. Their sessions reveal that the boy has a quasi-religious fetish for horses and he rides them in the dead of night, experiencing an ecstasy unlike anything Dysart has ever known. Dysart begins to question: Is the pursuit of normalcy worth the loss of individual passions? Equus features a lot of hokum--its therapy scenes are absurd crescendos of revelation and insights. But its central question has substance, the direction is energetic, and the performances are powerful; Burton, handsome and haggard, brings a complex self-loathing to his role. Also featuring Jenny Agutter (Logan's Run) and Joan Plowright (Enchanted April). --Bret Fetzer
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The boy is sent to a hospital where he is under the care of psychiatrist Martin Dysart (Richard Burton.) In treating the boy, Dysart begins to confront his own inner struggles, which are almost as, if not more, fascinating than the boy's. He wrestles with questions of how to live well and passionately and whether a sense of awe and connectedness are possible in the world. Is he (Dysart) a healer or a hack?
Whether you agree with Dysart's conclusions (playwright Peter Shaffer's conclusions?) or not, the film raises the questions very well--questions that are relevant and engaging to anyone.
Although highly dramatic and stylized at times, the film is true to its theatrical roots and it works. It is reminiscent of Ordinary People, taking a journey into the soul--if you liked that film, you will like this one as well. Highly recommended.
with the intensity that he plays his character is amazing, helping a young teenager fight off
his demons,, and coming to the realization that he to has his own demons that come into light..
A very must see movie.....by one of the greatest actors of his time.....