TV producers have done it again, taken a great movie and turned it into a shambles. Too bad they didn’t simply write a new one instead of making a mockery of such an interesting true life story. Sybil was made in 1976 about a girl who was sexually abused by her mother. She was abused so horribly her personality shattered into pieces.
How many of you remember the movie “Sybil?” I do and it still makes my skin crawl. What horrors this child went through. It was the story of Shirley Ardell Mason, her personality fractured into 15 different parts due to merciless sexual abuse perpetrated by her mother. CBS is doing a remake of the movie with Tammy Blanchard as Sybil and Jessica Lange as the psychiatrist. In the new movie Sybil slipping into one of her male personalities said to her boyfriend, “guys don’t sleep with guys” and the boyfriend replied, ” of course they don’t” This TV movie will not have the same impact as the original. I don’t like to see good movies made over with hammy acting losing all sense of the original movie.
Sybil (1976 film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It’s why they are called Television events. I’m sure this new Sybil isn’t the worst TV movie ever made but it must come pretty close. Even Law & Order featured a woman who fakes having multiple personalities so we may be in for more of the same. When I really love a movie, I just hate to see it done over again. It is almost always a disaster.
There were so many heartbreaking scenes in the movie that I no longer remember . Sybil was a scrappy girl in spite of all the injustices done to her. It was 1976 and Sybil was played by Sally Field who won a Oscar for her performance. It’s been a long time since I last saw Sybil, but I’m pretty sure it’s on CD somewhere, if I find it I will enjoy seeing it again. Like Coke says, “there’s nothing like the real thing.”