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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.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Sidney Lumet's handling of the material doesn't miss a beat; the only real trace of an encroaching staginess can be found in some of Dysart's lengthy monologues."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Thanks Sidney."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"An illuminating parable about the human condition, giving voice to the yearning we all have for some kind of religious experience."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A compelling thriller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The acting of Richard Burton and Peter Firth in their Oscar-nominated turns is good, but writer Shaffer and Sidney Lumet can't really open up the play"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"he center of the film is still grandiose acting and tons of over-reaching self-revelation, and it ends up feeling awkward and unsteady on the screen"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Sidney Lumet was just the right director for Equus, and just the wrong one."
‑ Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
"Pretty much fails as film; the play's really the thing"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
More reviews for Equus on Rotten Tomatoes