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Hysteria (2011)

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The truth of how Mortimer Granville devised the invention of the first vibrator in the name of medical science.

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Fannie
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Molly
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Lady St. John-Smythe
Malcolm Rennie ...
Lord St. John-Smythe
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Mrs. Parsons
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Mrs. Pearce
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Nurse Smalley
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Lady Wheaton
John Overstall ...
Mr. Huddleston
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Storyline

In 1880 pioneering doctor Mortimer Granville,sacked from various hospitals for challenging his superiors' out-moded methods,gets a job with Dr Dalrymple,who relieves female patients' frustrations - or hysteria - with pelvic massages which allow orgasm. The handsome young doctor attracts a large female clientele and gets engaged to Dalrymple's studious younger daughter Emily but after the constant massaging brings on a carpal injury he is sacked. Fortunately an enterprising inventor friend has come up with a power operated feather duster which will soon be transformed into a vibrator and make Mortimer a fortune. Along the way he also realises that his heart really lies with Emily's older sister Charlotte,an outspoken suffragette who runs a home for disadvantaged women in London's East End. Written by don @ minifie-1

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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A comedy about the birth of the vibrator in Victorian England. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content | See all certifications »

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14 December 2011 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Histeria  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$35,656 (USA) (18 May 2012)

Gross:

$1,799,187 (USA) (21 September 2012)
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Trivia

Director 'Tanya Wexler' stated that the hardest shot to get for the movie was of two ducks mating. After filming hundreds of hours of ducks with nothing to show for it, they finally got the shot they needed when someone found a video on YouTube. See more »

Goofs

The character Charlotte Dalrymple is shown riding a safety bicycle. The film is set in 1880, but safety bicycles weren't invented until 1885. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mrs. Bellamy: I truly don't even know why I'm here, doctor.
[pen scraping]
Mrs. Bellamy: Well, of course it's difficult running a large household by oneself. And raising four children is exacting, but they're wonderful, wonderful children. And my husband, he's a good man. A very hard worker. Um... Ahem. Well, there is just one thing. Sometimes at night, when he comes to me, I imagine myself splitting his fat bald head with a great large ax.
[pen scraping]
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits images of several different vibrators throughout history are shown. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Edición Especial Coleccionista: Christine (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz No. 1 in E flat major
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Idil Biret
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Nice and easy
11 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

While I guess some might be offended by the way some things are depicted here, the movie itself plays it safe when it comes to the story. It is pretty predictable and you will know where this is heading not long after the movie has started. But the movie itself has so much heart (especially Maggie G.), that you are more than willing (no pun intended) to look over those flaws.

The jokes work, the characters are finely drawn and the movie itself is really nice. Again do not expect anything deep and you won't be disappointed. I haven't checked my history books either to look if the characters were based on anyone particular (it does leave you with that impression)


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