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This tale of child abuse and and its deep psychological scars, based on a true story, follows Sybil (Sally Field), an introverted student living alone in New York City who suffers from multiple personality disorder. Haunted by nightmares of her past, Sybil starts seeing a psychiatrist named Dr. Cornelia B. Wilbur (Joanne Woodward). When Dr. Wilbur discovers Sybil has over a dozen different personalities, she becomes obsessed with uncovering her patient's tortured childhood in order to heal her.

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  • Aug 27, 2013
    Apparently I was attracted towards the movie for it being based on a real life event, only to realize later that it actually may not have been. Anyway, I'm not in the mood of suing anyone. Besides, I'm satisfied by the piece put together more than less. The disorder was presented quite realistically, only if it was for too many identities to reveal. Sally Field portrays the character masterfully, and she earned her Emmy award for it. Woodward playing Dr. Wilbur cum keeper cum detective was where I found it being fishy (however, not the only instance for that matter). The main attraction, for me, was Mattie. Barlett was very rightly chosen for the evil character carrying an incredibly scary face. This was no horror movie, but the look/make-up of her face (including her genuine smile) and her performance were terrific enough to leave a terrifying effect in one's mind. All in all, it's worth a watch, provided you've time enough for it (I ignored it for over a month due to its runtime exceeding 3 hours).
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • May 02, 2012
    Sally Field was amazing in this. DID is such an interesting illness, and it was very entertaining to watch Field play all of the characters so well. Though it was fairly long (a little over 3 hours), I didn't find myself bored or wanting it to end at any point.
    Erin C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2011
    Sybil: Don't you dare tell, or I'll fix it so you ain't got nothin' to tell with.  Sybil is a movie that definitely has that tv feel to it. It isn't overly well made and is not an incredible movie on the subject. But the subject is extremely interesting and that is what makes the film watchable throughout. Sally Fields does a good job playing a variety of personalities through one person. The story is the true story of a woman whose childhood was so awful that she had to escape into other personalities. We see a few of them in the movie, but it is known that there were at least 13 of them. We slowly learn why Sybil is the way she is as she does. A psychiatrist makes her remember all of the horrible things that happened to her as a child in order for her to get better. I would like to see a new movie made on Sybil's life. A movie that goes deeper into her personalities and her childhood, that isn't made for tv. But being that this one is a made for tv film, it isn't all that bad.
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  • Dec 30, 2010
    Excellent performance by Sally Field!
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