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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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Tanya Wexler

Writers:

Stephen Dyer (story), Jonah Lisa Dyer (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh Dancy ... Mortimer Granville
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Charlotte Dalrymple
Jonathan Pryce ... Dr. Robert Dalrymple
Felicity Jones ... Emily Dalrymple
Rupert Everett ... Edmund St. John-Smythe
Ashley Jensen ... Fannie
Sheridan Smith ... Molly
Gemma Jones ... Lady St. John-Smythe
Malcolm Rennie Malcolm Rennie ... Lord St. John-Smythe
Kim Criswell Kim Criswell ... Mrs. Castellari
Georgie Glen ... Mrs. Parsons
Elisabet Johannesdottir ... Mrs. Pearce
Linda Woodhall Linda Woodhall ... Nurse Smalley
Kim Selby ... Lady Wheaton
John Overstall 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

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Histeria See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,656, 20 May 2012

Gross USA:

$1,800,000
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Mortimer's hair when he is presented to Emily are of normal length at the beginning, but they double in size at the end of the scene. 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 Hysteria: Behind the Scenes (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat Major, Op. 9,2
Written by Frédéric Chopin (as Chopin)
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A great English comedy
14 February 2012 | by TheDoomSongSee all my reviews

I watched "Hysteria as a sneak preview and, having no idea what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised. Both Dancy and Gyllenhaal refrain from playing their, somewhat stereotypical, roles over the top and the script is intelligent enough to build a strong relationship plot around the already interesting subject of the invention of the dildo. The subject is also interpreted in an entertaining way and not simply used as a gimmick, which happens quite a bit in these period pieces that feature a certain historical event. The comedic pacing is refreshing, tasteful and does not feel cheap which is impressive if you consider that some of the biggest laughs stem from scenes that depict the masturbation of middle aged women. All in all "Hysteria" is a fun movie, with good actors, a good story and, if that's important for you, a great happy end.


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