1977 - Color - 137 mn - Original version with French subtitles - USA, England - Drama
Direction : Sidney Lumet. Production : Persky-Bright Productions, Winkast Film Productions. Screenplay : Peter Shaffer. Editing : John Victor-Smith. Photography : Oswald Morris. Music by : Richard Rodney Bennett. With : Richard Burton, Peter Firth, Colin Blakely, Joan Plowright.
During a fit of madness, Alan blinded six horses with a metal pick. He becomes a patient of psychiatrist Martin Dysart, who wants to find out more about him…
The great Sidney Lumet (Network, Serpico) adapts once again a stage play (after 12 Angry Men and The Seagull) and strikes again after The Offense : Equus is an unknown and morally unsettling movie, with a great sense of storytelling and a sharp and precise sense of editing. In front of the camera, Richard Burton (Cleopatra, Where eagles dare) loses control as he faces the young and devouring Peter Firth (Tess, Lifeforce). A masterclass by a filmmaker at his best.