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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Sybil
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 Richard
Martine Bartlett ...
 Hattie
Jane Hoffman ...
 Frieda Dorsett
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 Dr. Quinoness
Jessamine Milner ...
 Grandma Dorsett
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 Miss Penny
Camila Ashland ...
 Cam
Tommy Crebbs ...
 Matthew
Gina Petrushka ...
 Dr. Lazarus
Harold Pruett ...
 Danny (as Harold Pruitt)
Natasha Ryan ...
Paul Tulley ...
 Dr. Castle
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Storyline

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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14 November 1976 (USA)  »

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Sybil - en verklig mardröm  »

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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

In the scene where Sybil and Dr. Wilbur are at the piano, Sybil begins playing With a Song in My Heart, however her hands are still on top of the piano when the music begins. See more »

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Richard J. Loomis: Hey, Sybil Dorsett! Wanna pet my horse? Come on , ma'am now, have no fear or trepidation. We've fallen on hard times, him and me, since we was the finest ropin' team in all the west, and it kinda looks like it's gonna be the dog food factory unless some kind soul believes in us enough to take a ride. How about you?
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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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