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This 1977 film, based on a Peter Shaffer play, stars Richard Burton as the psychiatrist attempting to help an adolescent boy who has blinded a group of horses. 

 

The film was nominated for Academy Awards in the categories of best actor, best adapted screenplay, and best supporting actor but did not win any of them.  It did win Golden Globe awards for Burton and Peter Firth who plays the adolescent.  It was also considered one of the 10 best films of the year by the National Board of Review.

 

Sidney Lumet directs.  Other Lumet films include: Network, The Verdict, The Pawnbroker, Serpico, and others going all the way back to 1957 with Twelve Angry Men.

 

Films starring Richard Burton that you should definitely see include: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Becket, and The Night of the Iguana.

 

 

Part of the message of this film is to be cautious about going to see a doctor---although they may help you, they also may take away a part of you that you need.

 

Bones   by   Walter de la Mare

 

Said Mr. Smith, "I really cannot

   Tell you, Dr. Jones---

The most peculiar pain I'm in---

   I think it's in by bones."

 

Said Dr. Jones, "Oh, Mr. Smith,

   That's nothing.  Without doubt

We have a simple cure for that;

   It is to take them out."

 

He laid forthwith poor Mr. Smith

   Close-clamped upon the table,

And, cold as stone, took out his bone

   As fast as he was able.

 

And Smith said, "Thank, you, thank you, thank you,"

   And wished him a good-day;

And with his parcel 'neath his arm

   He slowly moved away.

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