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Sybil (2007)

A true story of a young woman whose abusive childhood results in her developing a multiple personality disorder.

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Joseph Sargent

Writers:

John Pielmeier (teleplay), Flora Rheta Schreiber (book)
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Credited cast:
Jessica Lange ... Dr. Cornelia Wilbur
Tammy Blanchard ... Sybil Dorset
Ron White ... Dr. Atcheson
JoBeth Williams ... Hattie Dorsett
Alison Murray Alison Murray ... Young Sybil
Fab Filippo Fab Filippo ... Ramon
Brian Downey ... Willard
Brianna MacDonald Brianna MacDonald ... Young Lulu
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joey Campbell Joey Campbell ... University Student
David Patrick Flemming ... Young Doctor (as David Flemming)
Michael Ray Fox Michael Ray Fox ... University Student (as Michael Fox)
Gary Levert Gary Levert ... Art teacher
David Wm. Marsh ... Ominous Man
Liam McNamara Liam McNamara ... Tommy
Marlane O'Brien Marlane O'Brien ... Bartender
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A true story of a young woman whose abusive childhood results in her developing a multiple personality disorder.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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"Vicky" stops by the doctor's apartment on her way to meet a friend, in order to show the doctor "what she really looks like" when she's all dressed up. The scene cuts to a few hours later with Vicky still at the apartment, drawing portraits for the doctor--the date with her friend apparently forgotten. See more »

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Dr. Cornelia Wilbur: I used to be so proud to be the only woman, now I feel like the maid.
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A very well acted reselling of the story, SYBIL
14 May 2012 | by U.N. OwenSee all my reviews

First, let me say one thing about people who don't feel the story of 'Sybil' is 'real,' or 'true;'

You must remember; the original film was a version of the book, Sybil, which in turn was made from the work-notes of Dr. Cornelia Wilbur, who - to shield her patient's privacy - had to...'adjust' the story.

In other words, the film was not simple 'here-say' - it was a 3rd (or, perhaps 4th) generation of the story removed from the source.

Whatever the case may be, the CORE of the story - the HORRORS Sybil (Shirley Ardell Mason (1923–1998) endured, were so, so overwhelmingly sad.

I - like a many of you - had seen the original SYBIL, with Sally Field, and, for many years, I liked it (it's weird to say 'like' about such a harrowing tale).

The hall-of-mirrors-from-hell tale - and Ms. Fields' riveting performance - stayed indelibly etched in my mind.

As the original version was made-for-TV in the '70's, the true horrors Sybil endured had to be 'cleaned up.'

But, what was there, was a terrifying story of a young woman's tortured life.

I only saw this version for the 1st time a year ago, and, I've always on the fence, when I hear 'remake,' because, they're usually inferior.

This was one of the few exceptions.

As embodied by Tammy Blanchard, this SYBIL (who does somewhat have a similarity to Ms, Fields' Sybil) is touch more rounded.

Ms. Blanchard gives a brilliant performance (why isn't Ms. Blanchard's name better known?!?! She CAN act!), and, as the strict confines which were imposed on first filmed version of this story have loosened, much more of the horrors Sybil endured at the hands of her mother are shown (in this case, it helps the viewer better understand the depths of depravity done to Sybil and the damage incurred, and it's even more poignant).

Jessica Lange's Dr. Wilbur - while I don't think much 'better' than Ms. Woodward's performance, definitely is portrayed by Ms. Lange with enough strength to help sustain - not only the drama, but, to portray a person (who happens to be a doctor) who Sybil can actually count on, and whose VERY in-depth support of Sybil enabled Sybil to be 'born whole' and live.

I remember when the original version was shown, how, soon after, seeing people reading the book was a common sight. The story is just so shocking, so unusual (remember, at the time - before Springer, et al, when people's problems are flaunted EVERYWHERE, this WAS an almost 'unique' story).

I commend the performers, and the entire production, as a good example of a remakes which can actually dig deeper, enhance a story, rather than the all-to-common ripping off the original.

This Sybil - more than amply - stands on it's own (VERY) strong legs.


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