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Sybil 

A young woman whose childhood was so harrowing to her that she developed sixteen different personalities is treated by a doctor.
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1976  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
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 Jane Hoffman ...  Frieda Dorsett 2 episodes, 1976
Charles Lane ...  Dr. Quinoness 2 episodes, 1976
Jessamine Milner 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 Tommy Crebbs ...  Matthew 2 episodes, 1976
Gina Petrushka Gina Petrushka ...  Dr. Lazarus 2 episodes, 1976
Harold Pruett 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 Virginia Campbell ...  The Selves 2 episodes, 1976
Missy Karn Missy Karn ...  The Selves 2 episodes, 1976
Tasha Lee Tasha Lee ...  The Selves 2 episodes, 1976
Cathy Lynn Lesko Cathy Lynn Lesko ...  The Selves 2 episodes, 1976
Rachel Longaker Rachel Longaker ...  The Selves 2 episodes, 1976
Jennifer McAllister Jennifer McAllister ...  The Selves 2 episodes, 1976
Kerry Muir Kerry Muir ...  The Selves 2 episodes, 1976
Karen Obediear Karen Obediear ...  The Selves 2 episodes, 1976
Tony Sherman Tony Sherman ...  The Selves 2 episodes, 1976
Danny Stevenson Danny Stevenson ...  The Selves 2 episodes, 1976
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Storyline

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 Wilbur Written by Jim Berg

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Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sybil See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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(original television) | (theatrical) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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

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 »

Quotes

Dr. Cornelia Wilbur: Is it fun talking like a little girl, Ms. Dorsett?
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Alternate Versions

The original TV-version ran two nights for a total of four hours (198 minutes minus the commercials). Most video copies are pared down in length, one running 122 minutes and another "expanded" to 132 minutes. Both these versions are missing key scenes such as:
  • The introduction of of the alternate personality "Vanessa"
  • Sybil's first date with Richard
  • Her recollection of her childhood sweetheart.
  • Sybil dissociating into the personality of an infant, leading to Dr. Wilbur's memorable statements "My god Sybil, what did that monster do to you? What happened in the green kitchen?"
  • Dr. Wilbur confronting Willard Dorsett over him having left his daughter in the care of such an obvious and dangerously disturbed woman as Hattie
  • Sybil's two male personalities arguing with Dr. Wilbur about them being able to father children
  • Sybil finally confronting and learning to accept all of her personalities while under hypnosis
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Sybil DVD was both informative and disappointing
2 September 2006 | by sybilsfriendSee all my reviews

The 30th anniversary DVD edition of Sybil was released in July. As Shirley Mason's (aka Sybil)long time friend, I was included in the documentary about the making of the movie. The documentary is a fascinating recap of how the movie was cast and how it came to be. However, I was disappointed that Shirley Mason is not mentioned anywhere in the documentary, and her name is not even shown on her paintings in the gallery. Shirley was a person to me, not a fictional character. I was told that her name couldn't be mentioned because of contractual agreements with the author of the book. Shirley Mason WAS Sybil and her life as an artist in Kentucky should not be minimized. Since Sybil is a story of abuse, but also one of recovery, I feel my friend was denied the recognition she deserves as a survivor of abuse, as a wonderful artist, as a warm, kind lady who lived a quiet life of dignity in Lexington. If and when my book, Life After Sybil... From the Words of Shirley Mason, gets published, I intend to correct that omission. Regards, Sybil's Friend ... Nancy Preston


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