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The true story of a young woman named Sybil, whose childhood was so harrowing to her that she developed at least 13 different personalities.
An intriguing and often disturbing look at mental illness and child abuse that was very powerful. The story itself was moving and hard to watch at times. The runtime was very long at over 3 hours but it didn’t really feel that long because it was always interesting. It could have been tightened up in some places but the way things slowly unfolded to reveal the root of the characters illness kept you invested throughout. What really made this movie great though was Sally Field's performances. Watching how committed she was to portraying so many varied characters was mesmerizing and the way she portrayed each personas subtle difference was wonderfully done. She was completely amazing here in what was by far the best performance I have ever seen from her. That alone made this movie worth the watch.
The acting isn't good enough to make you forget that it's acting, but it will definitely hold your attention, if just by virtue of the strangeness of the performance. Worth having watched, not worth recommending.
Also, Hattie Dorset reminds me too much of my own mother.
The actress who plays Sybil is one of the most incredible that i've ever seen.
The script was messy somehow, like, what but Sally Field was PHENOMENAL!
This made for TV film is powerful because of the disturbing and sympathetic performance of Sally Field as Sybil. Joanne Woodward is the calming force in this film which is psychologically disturbing at times.
SYBIL was originally aired as a made-for-television NBC miniseries that made a huge impact on issues like psychology, mental illness (Dissociative Identity Disorder) and child abuse. Not an exact rendering of Flora Rheta Schreiber's book, but it still packs a chilling wallop after all these years. There are several cuts out there but I suggest finding the full 198 minute version to appreciate this drama. All performances, including Sally Field, were top-notch.
Top drawer acting. A disturbing performance from Sally Fields. The run time is a tad long but watching Sybil going gaga passes the time.
This is a great movie about a schizophrenic lady. Sort of reminds me of a drugged out candykid raver that I knew on Myspace years ago from Pittsburgh. Hi my names Jenny, Hi my names Lucy. Rofl. 5 stars.
Seriously though, Sally Field is really scary in this Film and makes you feel bad or sorry for the plight of Sybil. I cried during this Film and found myself disturbingly attracted to Sally Field at the end.
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