Sybil

Sybil

DVD - 2006
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A landmark, classic drama depicting the extraordinary real life of a young woman suffering from multiple personality disorder. Includes the full 3-hour broadcast version, along with over an hour of new exclusive special features.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, c2006.
Edition: 30th anniversary 2-disc special ed.
ISBN: 9781419809606
1419809601
Branch Call Number: DVD 791.4372/SYBIL
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (187 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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mswrite
Jul 09, 2016

Devastating made-for-TV drama, presented over two nights in November 1976 as an NBC "Big Event" miniseries, starring Sally Field as Sybil, a woman in the grip of multiple personality disorder due to a tragic and traumatic childhood.
This is the film (along with "Norma Rae," the feature film released a few years later) that finally put to bed all the "Flying Nun" jokes and confirmed that given the right script Sally Field was an actress of considerable power and range.

Right there with her is Joanne Woodward (who played a similar role in the 1957 feature film "The Three Faces of Eve") as psychiatrist Dr. Connie Wilbur, who helps and ultimately comes to love the tormented Sybil Dorsett. The scenes in which the two women bond are heartwarming, and you are made of stone if you don't shed a tear or two at the film's gripping climax in which Sybil, guided by her protective Dr. Wilbur, finally meets her shattered selves and embraces the terrified Peggy, the personality who embodied the child Sybil.

A nod also to actress Martine Bartlett as Hattie, Sybil's terrifying monster mother, whose (diagnosed but untreated) paranoid schizophrenia made her a constant danger to her young daughter.
An unforgettable drama of rare emotional power, and certainly one of the best ever created for American mainstream television.

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VV12
Dec 29, 2015

A fascinating story, but not for the faint of heart. Although technically a drama, this movie is deeply upsetting and disturbing, and left me feeling anxious and slightly nauseated like a horror movie would.

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Monolith
Sep 02, 2012

Man, that was some pretty heavy stuff for a TV movie. Sally Field was astonishing. She could've easily overplayed it -- I didn't get that impression once. What a horrible old lady! Joanne Woodward was good, too. Such a sad young life. Scarier than any phony 'horror' story.

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mcdougs
Jul 30, 2011

I know this is a great movie because, as hard as I try, I can't forget it.

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rainbow95206
Jan 13, 2011

Movie is missing it's first disc. Movie is not available for watching

Ghanne Aug 15, 2009

This made for TV movie based on the book of the same name is excellent. The outfits and decor may appear dated at first but if you get past that and get hooked by the story you'll enjoy it.

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Monolith
Sep 02, 2012

Sybil Dorsett: "Ooh... Please don't touch me... It hurts... me..." Dr. Cornelia Wilbur: "It hurts to be touched? ....Here, have a crying towel." Sybil Dorsett: "No thank you. I don't cry tears like people."

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Monolith
Sep 02, 2012

Sybil Dorsett (as Vicky): "...There are guards around the palace."

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Monolith
Sep 02, 2012

Sybil Dorsett: "Don't you be mad at Mama -- she'll get you!"

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Monolith
Sep 02, 2012

Dr. Cornelia Wilbur: "...Sometimes being close is the only nourishment that counts..."

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VV12
Dec 29, 2015

VV12 thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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