Sybil (1976)

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A young woman whose childhood was so harrowing to her that she developed at least 13 different personalities.

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1976  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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The story tells of a young woman admitting to having blackouts, fearing they are getting worse. She is believed to suffer from multiple personalities, as a result of severe abuse at the hands of her mother, whom the psychiatrist, Cornelia B. Wilbur, believes was schizophrenic. The movie Sibyl is based upon author Flora Rheta Schreiberthe's novel and fictionalized version of the life story of Shirley Ardell Mason, an American psychiatric patient, claimed to have suffered multiple personality disorder. The novel Sibyl, was in its turn based largely on the alleged actual accounts of psychiatric treatment that Shirley Ardell Mason underwent, documented by American psychiatrist Cornelia B. Wilbur. Numerous psychiatrists, both contemporary and more recent, have strongly contested the diagnosis. Written by Jim Berg

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Sybil - en verklig mardröm  »

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Sybil's switching back to her core personality is usually signaled by her putting on her glasses. See more »

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Towards the end of the film, Dr. Wilbur mentions that Sybil has been under her care for more than 12 years. However, except for childhood flashbacks, the entire films appears to take place in the mid-Seventies (cars, movie marquees, fashions, hair styles) and no one ages a bit over the course of more than a decade. See more »

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Sybil Dorsett: [imitating mother; as vicky] Don't you dare tell, or I'll fix it so you ain't got nothin' to tell with.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Sally Field/Tony! Toni! Tone! (1993) See more »

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A fascinating movie detailing Behavior
6 April 2004 | by (Long Island, New York) – See all my reviews

I saw this film a few times, and loved Sally Field's performance. Here we see a grown up who blocks out the memories of a harrowing child abuse. What we discover is that Sybil learns to protect the psychological "inner child" by developing personalities that are warm and comforting. The way she unlocks the real Sybil is by therapy with a Dr. Wilbur.This film does not portray childhood as rosey and bright;We see the poor child hung up by a rope as the mom administers an enima.We see the mother lock her in a dark box.From the film,We understand the "hands' of evil belonged to a person Sybil dearly loved and trusted. The way Dr. Wilbur helps Sybil is to unite the personalities together in one. We hear Sybil say "I love You" as she hugs herself;That expression of affection was what the poor child never heard growing up. What this film teaches us, is to believe in our own worth and gain strength in our abilities. I loved Joanne Wooodward, and her character helps Sybil find the perfect person she truly was.


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Does the book explain why her mother abused her and disliked her? katejane10
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