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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mortimer Granville
... Charlotte Dalrymple
... Dr. Robert Dalrymple
... Emily Dalrymple
... Edmund St. John-Smythe
... Fannie
... Molly
... Lady St. John-Smythe
Malcolm Rennie ... Lord St. John-Smythe
Kim Criswell ... Mrs. Castellari
... Mrs. Parsons
... Mrs. Pearce
Linda Woodhall ... Nurse Smalley
... 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

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

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content | See all certifications »

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14 December 2011 (France)  »

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Histeria  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,656, 20 May 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,800,000, 31 December 2012
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In both 19th Century set movies involving 1800s medicine in England that actor Jonathan Pryce has starred in, The Doctor and the Devils (1985) and Hysteria (2011), Pryce plays a character who is first-named 'Robert' in both, portraying Robert Fallon and Dr. Robert Dalrymple respectively. See more »

Goofs

The film suggests that the Granville Electric was the first mechanical vibrator. While it pioneered the use of electricity in the vibrator, hand-cranked models existed before the Granville. 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

Featured in Hysteria: Behind the Scenes (2012) See more »

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Nocturne No. 2 in E flat Major, Op. 9,2
Written by Frédéric Chopin (as Chopin)
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Absolutely delightful film.
20 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

My absolute favourite film from this year's Tiff. I was laughing like a crazy person but I was completely drowned out by the howling and squealing of all the women in the audience. Special attention was given to historical details and they all were masterfully done. The quality of the cast is something I haven't seen in quite a while, the roles were so much fun that many of the actors would have wanted to do this for nothing or at least for scale. It was true genius that such material was discussed and portrayed in such a manner as to be purely enjoyable without risking even the slightest offence. Be sure to stay for the very end and watch the antique devices as they appear on the left side and then the right side of the credits. The entire audience was still fixated on the screen as if in a champion tennis match until the lights came up and we applauded some more.

Absolutely delightful film.

Keep it up.


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