A young woman whose childhood was so harrowing to her that she developed sixteen different personalities is treated by a doctor.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
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 Dr. Cornelia Wilbur (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Sybil (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Richard (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Hattie (2 episodes, 1976)
Jane Hoffman ...
 Frieda Dorsett (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Dr. Quinoness (2 episodes, 1976)
Jessamine Milner ...
 Grandma Dorsett (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Willard Dorsett (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Miss Penny (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Cam (2 episodes, 1976)
Tommy Crebbs ...
 Matthew (2 episodes, 1976)
Gina Petrushka ...
 Dr. Lazarus (2 episodes, 1976)
Harold Pruett ...
 Danny (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Child Sybil (2 episodes, 1976)
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 Dr. Castle (2 episodes, 1976)
Anne Beesley ...
 The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Virginia Campbell ...
 The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Missy Karn ...
 The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Tasha Lee ...
 The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Cathy Lynn Lesko ...
 The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Rachel Longaker ...
 The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Jennifer McAllister ...
 The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Kerry Muir ...
 The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Karen Obediear ...
 The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Tony Sherman ...
 The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
Danny Stevenson ...
 The Selves (2 episodes, 1976)
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The story tells of a young woman admitting to having blackouts, fearing they are getting worse. She is diagnosed as suffering from multiple personalities, as a result of severe abuse at the hands of her mother, whom her psychiatrist, Cornelia Wilbur, believes was schizophrenic. The movie Sibyl is based upon author Flora Rheta Schreiber's biography of Shirley Ardell Mason, an American psychiatric patient, suffering from multiple personality disorder. The book, also called Sibyl, was in its turn based largely on the actual accounts of psychiatric treatment that Shirley Ardell Mason underwent, documented by American psychiatrist Cornelia Wilbur Written by Jim Berg

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14 November 1976 (USA)  »

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Sybil - en verklig mardröm  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the beginning minutes of the film, as Sybil calls to her art class of primary school children to pack up, she calls to "Peter" and "Eli". These are the names of Sally Field's actual children, who were seven and four years old at the time of filming. See more »

Goofs

While Hattie is playing the piano near the end of the movie, her arm movements clearly do not match the rhythm of the music we hear. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Cornelia Wilbur: What the hell did that monster do to you?
[Sybil iscurled up in the corner sucking her thumb]
Dr. Cornelia Wilbur: What happened in the green kitchen?
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More than 20 years later, I still remember this riveting and emotional movie.
9 November 1999 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I was only 10 when I saw this on TV but still remember scenes vividly from it (I believe I watched it again since). Sally Field is awesome as she portrays a woman who was abused as a child by her mother and has developed multiple personalities as a result. It is fascinating and heart-breaking as the psychologist played by Joanne Woodward (also very good) uncovers all her personalities and reveals the suppressed memories which caused them. I can't recommend this movie enough. 10/10


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