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 have 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 it's 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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When Sybil (as Vanessa) plays "With a Song in My Heart" to Dr. Wilbur, we hear Sybil play a few notes of the song, when her hands are still on top of the piano. 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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Excellent Movie
4 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the most impressive movies I've seen ever. Sally Field's acting was superb! I can see why she won an award for it. Ms. Field's portrayal of this poor girl's (Sybil) insight into her emotions and thoughts was breathtaking. Sally was perfect for the part. Joanne Woodward was also excellent in her role as the psychiatrist who supports Sybil thru her memory ordeal concerning her abhorrent upbringing. The movie gives, I think, a very thorough understanding of Dissociative Identity Disorder, also known as MPD.

This is a great movie for psychology students to watch, as well as, anyone who is interested in the psychology of the mind and how it deals with trauma for some individuals. Although I don't suffer from multiple personalities, I found that this movie helped to give me personal insight into my own issues dealing with my own abusive upbringing. This is a great film to watch whether it be for entertainment or for educational reasons.


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