Sybil (2007)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 42

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Directed by: Joseph Sargent
Starring: Tammy Blanchard (Sybil), Jessica Lange (Dr. Cornelia)
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 01:25:26
Genres: Based on a True Story, Domestic Abuse, Misery, Family

Plot – Spoilers:
Based on a true story, Sybil is an art student prone to blackouts and uncontrolled behavior that eventually gets the attention of the faculty. A psychiatrist Dr Cornelia is convinced to have a few sessions with Sybil, during which she encounters multiple personalities, each with their own identity, personality, age and gender. 16 in all. The doc attempts to prise out the source of Sybil’s personalities and uncovers a history of abuse and a difficult relationship with her mother.

There are some memorable scenes and quotes in Sybil that will probably resonate with anyone who’s struggled with issues of the mind.

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March 7, 2024 7:44 pm

Enjoyable movie thank you for the the future could you please add subtitles? It was a bit hard to figure out things..thx again.

January 1, 2024 4:53 am

Like almost everything that comes out of Hollywood this, like the original and the book, has only the most tenuous connection to fact. This was made before the “Sybil” archive (at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice) was made available to the public, which leaves no doubt as to the fraudulent nature of the story that formed the basis of business enterprise of Dr Connie Wilbur, Flora Schrieber and Shirley Mason aka “Sybil”.
I would instead recommend the book ‘Sybil Exposed – The Extraordinary Story Behind The Famous Multiple Personality Case’ by Debbie Nathan. It is far more interesting and unlike the movie narrative is supported by a mass of irrefutable evidence in the form of records, letters, legal documents, tapes, etc.
The only one of the three who’s life was not improved by the success of the elaborate fraud was, unsurprisingly, Shirley Mason. Apart from a severe addiction to the array of narcotics supplied by Dr Wilbur, she had to hide for the rest of her life. She and Dr Wilbur lived together for the rest of their lives (according to the law suit filed by Schrieber they were lovers).

December 10, 2022 1:29 am

Such a pleasant surprise to find this on the effedup site. An in-depth portrait of a mental illness that is still not always accepted. Def a film that has rewatchability.

Douglas Dingleberry
Douglas Dingleberry
September 11, 2022 1:19 pm

It’s hard to believe that this well-made movie with good production design uses Comic Sans script for the credits. It seems like there would be at least one person involved in the editing and production who insisted on a classier font that is in character with the film.

September 11, 2022 10:29 am

I have seen this movie many times.
It will always remain a favorite of mine.. Very realistic portrayal of a mental health patient.
This is a movie I would be happy to watch again and again.

February 19, 2022 5:55 pm

maaaaaaann this movie beautiful

Porușniuc Adina
Porușniuc Adina
January 11, 2022 1:35 pm

Dear Tammy Blanchard,you are a great actress! Thank you for the movie Eum .

Farfadet Kennedy
Farfadet Kennedy
June 4, 2021 2:36 pm


April 20, 2021 10:58 pm

Thank you ,very poignant .What a truly great performance and although somewhat exaggerated because it’s portraying a very different time when society viewed mental health conditions in a barbaric and backward way.
.HOWEVER compared to the two modern James McAvoy films about the mental health condition D.I.D ( disassociate identity disorder) well let’s just say Sybil is far more empathetic and although a little over the top it’s leaps and bounds ahead of the two James Mc films in terms of authenticity.
I.used to be a community mental health worker in people’s homes & on reward at times and worked with one lady who had D.I.D .Anyway my parents were abusive and caused me many tears,I don’t have this problem but have anxiety and depression and I find a great counsellor is the best thing to d o.

June 29, 2020 2:26 pm

Great movie, it pleasantly surprised me !!
It was really facinating, I liked Sybil and the characters dialogues.
Had to say, sometimes it was a bit boring, but heh :^P Still a great movie to pass time (even if that not something I watch again).
Still, I recommend !! >:^]