DIRECTOR: Daniel Petrie
NOTEABLE APPEARANCES: Sally Field
DATE OF RELEASE: 1976
RUNNING TIME: 198 min
RATING: Unrated in the UK
KEY THEME/ ISSUES: Mental illness as the consequence of childhood sexual abuse
Based on the book Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber, the movie dramatizes the life of a shy young graduate student, Sybil Dorsett (in real life, Shirley Ardell Mason), suffering from dissociative identity disorder as a result of the psychological trauma she suffered as a child. With the help of her psychiatrist, Sybil gradually recalls the severe childhood abuse that led to the development of at least 13 different personalities. Field's portrayal of Sybil won much critical acclaim, as well as an Emmy Award.