Sybil (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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Two-time Academy Award winner Jessica Lange stars with Emmy Award winner Tammy Blanchard in a new adaptation of the deeply moving account of a young woman whose childhood of abuse drives her to create multiple personalities to survive--the true story of Sybil.After a suicide attempt, schoolteacher Sybil Dorsett (Blanchard--"Life With Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows") seeks help from psychiatrist Dr. Corneila Wilbur (Lange--Big Fish, Blue Sky). Sybil confides that she frequently loses her memory and can't account for large blocks of time . . . and she slowly remembers the years of physical, emotional and sexual abuse inflicted by her mentally disturbed mother. During 11 years of sessions from 1954 through 1965, Sybil's 16 distinct personalities gradually emerge. Each reveals a different age, name and appearance--each created by, but unknown to, a girl trying to survive a harrowing homelife.]]>
Woodward, who won an Oscar for playing a multiple-personality patient in The Three Faces of Eve, is all nurturing warmth as the steadfast doctor. But really this film was a sober coming-out party for Sally Field, who astonished viewers at the time by erasing all memories of Gidget and The Flying Nun, the bubblegum roles she'd mostly been known for. Field's work is anguished but non-actor-y, and despite the character's hidden personalities, she seems as clear as day in her performance. The production won four Emmys, not surprisingly including nods for Field, Stern, and Outstanding Special (Drama).
The 187-minute movie takes up one disc; the second disc has informative featurettes about the making of the film. Examining Sybil is an absorbing hour-long documentary with comments from Field and Woodward, as well as executive producer Peter Dunne. It is dominated by the spellbinding storytelling of Stewart Stern, who developed the screenplay by spending time with the real Dr. Wilbur and listening to tapes of her sessions with Sybil. His tale of Sally Field's unlikely audition triumph is a small movie in itself. The Paintings of Sybil presents a generous selection of paintings by the real Sybil (who became a professor of art), along with recollections by one of her friends. Something listed on the DVD cover as "Sybil Therapy Session" is misleadingly titled, suggesting some kind of actual footage or transcript of the real Sybil and her treatment; in fact, it's Stewart Stern describing the harrowing process of listening to the doctor's tapes. The real Sybil (now deceased) remains protected, as she should. --Robert Horton
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The two women soon become one in each other; Sybil depends on Wilbur to help get her out of this mental mess while Wilbur depends on Sybil for the knowledge of the unknown world of multiple personalities. However, as the answers to Sybil's illness creep closer, they both suffer emotional breakdowns, whilst Sybil begins to understand the Knifes, the Glass, and the Green Kitchen.
A horrific yet beautiful series, Sybil stands alone as one of the best made for television movies of all time.
And now, it is finally being released, uncut, on this special DVD.
Originally released in a condensed volume on VHS, fans of the film have been dying to get their hands on a more complete edition for years. But the long wait was all worth it.
This DVD includes the following special features: a look at the real Sybil's drawings, an actual therapy session between the real Sybil and Psychiatrist, a featurette with cast interviews and more, along with the original 3 hour long broadcast version. And *though not confirmed* there is word of possible commentaries included in this 2 DVD set as well.
May 23rd: year one.
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sally field is an invredible in this role of a real women who was raised by a mental mamaPublished 1 day ago by helen of troy
If you think you've enjoyed Sally Field in her later movies, please watch one of her best performances in this movie...Published 7 days ago by bill p.
I have been looking for this movie for awhile now and when I found it I just had to buy it. It played beautifully, and I had no problems with it being delivered on time. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Tania Giguere
Growing up I remember distinctly seeing the previews for this movie with Sally Fields, a declamatory piano accompanying her character's relentless torment. Read morePublished 1 month ago by J from NY
I enjoyed seeing Sally Field again in this dramatic roll. It has been years since I saw it last so I thought there were perhaps other scenes but I guess my memory of it wasn't... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Susan M. Campbell
I love this movie and couldn't view it in TV..It's a class is just had to have itPublished 2 months ago by EvieD
One of the best movies ever made and Sally Field is outstanding! I've watched this movie many times and never tire of it.Published 2 months ago by Satisfied Grandma
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