Director Daniel Petrie's awe-inspiring and brutal drama, based on a real-life story, made television history when it was originally aired in 1977. Sally Field gives an outstanding award-winning performance as Sybil, a disturbed young woman who suffers ......more
Director Daniel Petrie's awe-inspiring and brutal drama, based on a real-life story, made television history when it was originally aired in 1977. Sally Field gives an outstanding award-winning performance as Sybil, a disturbed young woman who suffers from multiple personality behavior. Living alone in a New York apartment, Sybil is tormented by flashbacks and visions of her extremely painful childhood. Unable to live a normal life, she meets Dr. Cornelia Wilbur (Joanne Woodward), a kindhearted psychiatrist who becomes committed to helping Sybil heal the incredible wounds that haunt her. Desperate to make Sybil understand her illness, Dr. Wilbur begins a series of treatments and uncovers the 16 personalities that make up the fractured personalities of Sybil. Forced to face unspeakable torture at the hands of her mother (Jane Hoffman), Sybil is slowly able to heal her inner self with the support, guidance, and love of Dr. Wilbur. The incredible 11-year odyssey of these two brave women is brought to the screen with powerful and deeply moving performances by Field and Woodward. Together they portray a deeply touching and inspiring true story of love and determination conquering pain and isolation.
I saw this movie on television in my early teens. I was in utter shock & disbelief over the horrible events that took place in the life of this wonderful young girl. The struggles Sybil endured before, during and after she received therapy was overwhelming. Sally Field did an excellent job in portraying this character. This role was not a part most actresses would have chosen, yet Sally Field took this role and made it believable & the character real. I honestly feel that anyone who watches this movie will be unable to hold back tears. This movie is for mature teenagers & I would recommend children under 12 not view this movie without parental guidance. This movie so touched me that I have been searching stores for the past 5 years to locate a copy, even on VHS. I will be watching this movie with my 16 year old daughter the moment it arrives in my mailbox.
Perfect movie for people who would like to go into psychology or want to know more about multiple personality. I can't believe it was based on a true story. Sybil is a very strong person to have gone through that. Outstanding movie.
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