8.0/10
6,163
67 user 12 critic

Sybil 

A young woman whose childhood was so harrowing to her that she developed sixteen different personalities is treated by a doctor.
Reviews
Popularity
4,438 ( 137)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1976  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Sybil (TV Movie 2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A true story of a young woman whose abusive childhood results in her developing a multiple personality disorder.

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Jessica Lange, Tammy Blanchard, Ron White
Sybil (2018)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Director: Joanne Mitchell
Stars: Garth Maunders, Joanne Mitchell, Geoffrey Newland
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A doctor treats a woman suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder.

Director: Nunnally Johnson
Stars: Joanne Woodward, David Wayne, Lee J. Cobb
Norma Rae (1979)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young single mother and textile worker agrees to help unionize her mill despite the problems and dangers involved.

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Sally Field, Beau Bridges, Ron Leibman
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In central Texas in the 1930s, a widow, with two small children, tries to run her small 40-acre farm with the help of two disparate people.

Director: Robert Benton
Stars: Sally Field, Lindsay Crouse, Ed Harris
The Flying Nun (1967–1970)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The misadventures of a nun who can fly and her convent and neighbours.

Stars: Sally Field, Marge Redmond, Madeleine Sherwood
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Emma is a divorced woman with a teen-aged son who moves into a small town and tries to make a go of a horse ranch. Murphy is the widowed town druggist who steers business her way. Things ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Sally Field, James Garner, Brian Kerwin
Sybil (TV Series 2016)
Animation | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: John Vodka, Pete Polyakov, Sergio Emilio Torres
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

When a prosecutor leaks a false story that a liquor warehouse owner is involved in the murder of a union head, the man's life begins to unravel.

Director: Sydney Pollack
Stars: Paul Newman, Sally Field, Bob Balaban
Gidget (1965–1966)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Frances "Gidget" Lawrence lives with her widowed college professor father in Southern California. Anne is her older sister who is married to John Cooper, an obtuse but lovable psychology ... See full summary »

Stars: Sally Field, Don Porter, Lynette Winter
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An American woman, trapped in Islamic Iran by her brutish husband, must find a way to escape with her daughter as well.

Director: Brian Gilbert
Stars: Sally Field, Alfred Molina, Sheila Rosenthal
Marriage: Year One (TV Movie 1971)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A fourth-year medical student marries a millionaire's daughter, but he insists that they live on the little money that he earns.

Director: William A. Graham
Stars: Sally Field, Robert Pratt, William Windom
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Joanne Woodward ...  Dr. Cornelia Wilbur 2 episodes, 1976
Sally Field ...  Sybil 2 episodes, 1976
Brad Davis ...  Richard 2 episodes, 1976
Martine Bartlett ...  Hattie 2 episodes, 1976
Jane Hoffman Jane Hoffman ...  Frieda Dorsett 2 episodes, 1976
Charles Lane ...  Dr. Quinoness 2 episodes, 1976
Jessamine Milner Jessamine Milner ...  Grandma Dorsett 2 episodes, 1976
William Prince ...  Willard Dorsett 2 episodes, 1976
Penelope Allen ...  Miss Penny 2 episodes, 1976
Camila Ashland ...  Cam 2 episodes, 1976
Tommy Crebbs Tommy Crebbs ...  Matthew 2 episodes, 1976
Gina Petrushka Gina Petrushka ...  Dr. Lazarus 2 episodes, 1976
Harold Pruett Harold Pruett ...  Danny 2 episodes, 1976
Natasha Ryan ...  Child Sybil 2 episodes, 1976
Paul Tulley Paul Tulley ...  Dr. Castle 2 episodes, 1976
Anne Beesley ...  The Selves 2 episodes, 1976
Virginia Campbell Virginia Campbell ...  The Selves 2 episodes, 1976
Missy Karn Missy Karn ...  The Selves 2 episodes, 1976
Tasha Lee Tasha Lee ...  The Selves 2 episodes, 1976
Cathy Lynn Lesko Cathy Lynn Lesko ...  The Selves 2 episodes, 1976
Rachel Longaker Rachel Longaker ...  The Selves 2 episodes, 1976
Jennifer McAllister Jennifer McAllister ...  The Selves 2 episodes, 1976
Kerry Muir Kerry Muir ...  The Selves 2 episodes, 1976
Karen Obediear Karen Obediear ...  The Selves 2 episodes, 1976
Tony Sherman Tony Sherman ...  The Selves 2 episodes, 1976
Danny Stevenson Danny Stevenson ...  The Selves 2 episodes, 1976
Edit

Storyline

The story tells of a young woman admitting to having blackouts, fearing they are getting worse. She is diagnosed as suffering from multiple personalities, as a result of severe abuse at the hands of her mother, whom her psychiatrist, Cornelia Wilbur, believes was schizophrenic. The movie Sibyl is based upon author Flora Rheta Schreiber's biography of Shirley Ardell Mason, an American psychiatric patient, suffering from multiple personality disorder. The book, also called Sibyl, was in its turn based largely on the actual accounts of psychiatric treatment that Shirley Ardell Mason underwent, documented by American psychiatrist Cornelia Wilbur Written by Jim Berg

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sybil See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original television) | (theatrical) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Joanne Woodward, who plays the Doctor, starred in another famous film about multiple personalities, The Three Faces of Eve (1957) where she starred as the titular Eve. However, unlike Sybil, she had only a trio of personalities. See more »

Goofs

On the day Sybil meets Dr. Wilbur, just before she "awakens" in the doctor's office we see a close shot of Dr. Wilbur's right hand as she takes notes. There is a ring on the doctor's right index finger. Then we switch immediately to wider shot of the doctor still writing, but there is no longer a ring on her right hand. It is clear that there was no break in writing between the shots. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Cornelia Wilbur: Curiosity didn't tear the cat's head off, Sweetie.
See more »

Alternate Versions

The original TV-version ran two nights for a total of four hours (198 minutes minus the commercials). Most video copies are pared down in length, one running 122 minutes and another "expanded" to 132 minutes. Both these versions are missing key scenes such as:
  • The introduction of of the alternate personality "Vanessa"
  • Sybil's first date with Richard
  • Her recollection of her childhood sweetheart.
  • Sybil dissociating into the personality of an infant, leading to Dr. Wilbur's memorable statements "My god Sybil, what did that monster do to you? What happened in the green kitchen?"
  • Dr. Wilbur confronting Willard Dorsett over him having left his daughter in the care of such an obvious and dangerously disturbed woman as Hattie
  • Sybil's two male personalities arguing with Dr. Wilbur about them being able to father children
  • Sybil finally confronting and learning to accept all of her personalities while under hypnosis
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Dilemma (2011) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

A fascinating movie detailing Behavior
6 April 2004 | by zelda1964See all my reviews

I saw this film a few times, and loved Sally Field's performance. Here we see a grown up who blocks out the memories of a harrowing child abuse. What we discover is that Sybil learns to protect the psychological "inner child" by developing personalities that are warm and comforting. The way she unlocks the real Sybil is by therapy with a Dr. Wilbur.This film does not portray childhood as rosey and bright;We see the poor child hung up by a rope as the mom administers an enima.We see the mother lock her in a dark box.From the film,We understand the "hands' of evil belonged to a person Sybil dearly loved and trusted. The way Dr. Wilbur helps Sybil is to unite the personalities together in one. We hear Sybil say "I love You" as she hugs herself;That expression of affection was what the poor child never heard growing up. What this film teaches us, is to believe in our own worth and gain strength in our abilities. I loved Joanne Wooodward, and her character helps Sybil find the perfect person she truly was.


25 of 28 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 67 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed