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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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Malcolm Rennie ...
Lord St. John-Smythe
Kim Criswell ...
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Lady Wheaton
John Overstall ...
Mr. Huddleston
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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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Doctor Granville had the cure for the ladies of London. But there was woman he couldn't tame. 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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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 »

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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 »


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Waltz No. 1 in E flat major
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Idil Biret
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A great English comedy
14 February 2012 | by See 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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