Equus | Chicago Reader

Equus

A psychiatrist (Richard Burton) becomes obsessed with his “lack of passion” as he treats a young man (Peter Firth) accused of blinding six horses in a sexual frenzy. The original play's nonsensical equation of schizophrenia and lust for life seems even more spurious under Sidney Lumet's decidedly passionless direction. As bogus as the material is, Lumet really should have been able to find a hint of tension in it. He hasn't, though, and the film is dull and messy. With Colin Blakely, Joan Plowright, Harry Andrews, and Jenny Agutter (1977).

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