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"Sybil" (1976) More at IMDbPro »TV mini-series 1976-1976

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14 November 1976 (USA) See more »
A young woman whose childhood was so harrowing to her that she developed sixteen different personalities is treated by a doctor. Full summary »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 26 of 28)

Joanne Woodward ... Dr. Cornelia Wilbur (2 episodes, 1976)

Sally Field ... Sybil (2 episodes, 1976)

Brad Davis ... Richard (2 episodes, 1976)

Martine Bartlett ... Hattie (2 episodes, 1976)
Jane Hoffman ... Frieda Dorsett (2 episodes, 1976)

Charles Lane ... Dr. Quinoness (2 episodes, 1976)
Jessamine Milner ... Grandma Dorsett (2 episodes, 1976)

William Prince ... Willard Dorsett (2 episodes, 1976)

Penelope Allen ... Miss Penny (2 episodes, 1976)

Camila Ashland ... Cam (2 episodes, 1976)
Tommy Crebbs ... Matthew (2 episodes, 1976)
Gina Petrushka ... Dr. Lazarus (2 episodes, 1976)
Harold Pruett ... Danny (2 episodes, 1976)

Natasha Ryan ... Child Sybil (2 episodes, 1976)

Paul Tulley ... 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)

Series Directed by
Daniel Petrie (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Writing credits
Flora Rheta Schreiber (2 episodes, 1976)
Stewart Stern (2 episodes, 1976)

Series Produced by
Jacqueline Babbin .... producer (2 episodes, 1976)
Philip Capice .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1976)
Peter Dunne .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Original Music by
Alan Bergman (2 episodes, 1976)
Leonard Rosenman (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Cinematography by
Mario Tosi (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Film Editing by
Michael S. McLean (2 episodes, 1976)
Rita Roland (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Casting by
Dianne Crittenden (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Production Design by
Tom H. John (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Set Decoration by
John H. Anderson (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Makeup Department
Janis Clark .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1976)
Robert Norin .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Production Management
Gene Fowler Jr. .... post-production supervisor (2 episodes, 1976)
Marty Hornstein .... unit production manager (2 episodes, 1976)
Neil T. Maffeo .... executive in charge of production (2 episodes, 1976)
Lee Rich .... production supervisor (2 episodes, 1976)

Lynn Guthrie .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gary Adelson .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1976)
Anthony Brand .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Art Department
Russell Goble .... property master (2 episodes, 1976)
Al Rohm .... construction coordinator (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Sound Department
Victor Guarnier .... sound effects supervisor (2 episodes, 1976)
Dick Kupper .... loop editor (2 episodes, 1976)
Al Overton .... production sound mixer (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Gene Griffith .... key grip (2 episodes, 1976)
Joel King .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1976)
Joe Pender .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1976)
Paul Caven .... lighting technician (1 episode, 1976)
Joseph Cosko Jr. .... second assistant camera (1 episode, 1976)
Series Casting Department
Shirley Rich .... casting consultant (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Norris .... costumes (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Editorial Department
LaReine Johnston .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1976)
Bob Pickarts .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Music Department
Alan Bergman .... lyricist (2 episodes, 1976)
Marilyn Bergman .... lyricist (2 episodes, 1976)
Ken Runyon .... music editor (2 episodes, 1976)
Gloria O'Brien .... singer: theme music (1 episode, 1976)

Dan Wallin .... score mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
H. Bud Otto .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1976)
Patricia A. Sonsini .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1976)
Cornelia Wilbur .... psychiatric consultant (2 episodes, 1976)
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:198 min (original television version) | Finland:133 min (theatrical version) | USA:187 min (DVD version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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The screenwriter thought the role of Sibyl would best be played by an actress who wasn't extremely well known to the public, so they wouldn't bring along previous associations as to her personality. With that in mind, he believed an "interesting" choice would be Lily Tomlin, as she could also obviously create distinct characters for all the separate personalities. He did become completely supportive of the idea of Sally Field playing the role after he witnessed Field's audition, however.See more »
Continuity: When Dr. Wilbur confronts Sybil's father with Sybil's childhood injuries she holds Sybil's medical records in her hand. When the camera cuts to a different angle they are now on the table.See more »
Dr. Cornelia Wilbur:[Hugging Sybil] Once a long time ago when I was a little girl in Montana, I was laying in the grass looking at the ants. And the sun was warm on my back and the grass was deep and soft and the insects were buzzing... everything was drowsy. Then all of a sudden, I saw this one ant who was struggling to pick up this grain of sand that was far too heavy to carry alone...See more »
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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A fascinating movie detailing Behavior, 6 April 2004
Author: Rosemary (zelda1964) from Long Island, New York

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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