Cinema: Horseplay


Directed by Sidney Lumet

Screenplay by Peter Shaffer

If ever there was a play that has no business being a movie, Equus is it. This drama about a stableboy's crime of passion owed much of its three-year Broadway run to theatrical devices that cannot be reproduced on film. Strip the stagecraft away, and all that remains of Equus is 2% hours of talky debate about shopworn ideas. The poor play stumbles and falls before it can break from the gate.

Equus is an even more tedious movie than it had to be. Usually an...

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