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 WilburWritten by
Sally Field almost missed out on the role of Sybil. She was the last person to audition before the director's lunch break, and Field's agent had to plead with them to let her audition. Ultimately, Joanne Woodward decided she wanted to see Field audition. See more »
In the scene where Sybil first goes to see Dr. Wilbur and explains what happened in the water, we hear her say "... and I was in the water." But her mouth says something different. See more »
More than 20 years later, I still remember this riveting and emotional movie.
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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