Peter Shaffer's play is stripped of its stage trappings by director Sidney Lumet, exposing many of its failings—primarily Shaffer's preposterous, ponderous script. Admittedly, Peter Firth is believable as the disturbed boy with a quasi-religious fetish for horses, but Richard Burton's dreadfully hammy as his psychiatrist. Jenny Agutter supplies the gratuitous nudity.

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Peter Shaffer’s play is stripped of its stage trappings by director Sidney Lumet, exposing many of its failings?primarily Shaffer’s preposterous, ponderous script. Admittedly, Peter Firth is believable as the disturbed boy with a quasi-religious fetish for horses, but Richard Burton’s dreadfully hammy as his psychiatrist. Jenny Agutter supplies the gratuitous nudity.