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(DVD - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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In 1880 London, a young doctor who sets out to find a medical cure for "hysteria" in women invents the electro-mechanical vibrator.
Title: Hysteria
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, c2012.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: commentary with director Tanya Wexler; "An evening with Tanya Wexler, Hugh Dancy and Jonathan Pryce" featurette; "Hysteria: behind the scenes" featurette; deleted scenes; "Passion & power: the technology of orgasm" featurette.
Summary: In 1880 London, a young doctor who sets out to find a medical cure for "hysteria" in women invents the electro-mechanical vibrator.
Audience: MPAA rating R for sexual content.
Statement of Responsibility: Sony Pictures Classics ; Informant Media & Forthcoming Films Production ; produced by Sarah Curtis, Judy Cairo, Tracey Becker ; screenplay by Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer ; directed by Tanya Wexler
Credits: Music, Gast Waltzing.
Performers: Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones, Rupert Everett.
System Details: DVD, region 1, NTSC, widescreen (2.35.1) presentation; 5.1 Dolby digital.
Other Language: English dialogue; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Subject Headings: London (England) Drama. Man-woman relationships Drama. Female orgasm Drama. Vibrators (Massage) Drama. Granville, J. Mortimer (Joseph Mortimer), 1833-1900 Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Fiction films.
Romantic comedy films.
Feature films.
Topical Term: Man-woman relationships
Female orgasm
Vibrators (Massage)
Publisher No: 40551
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Jul 14, 2014
  • olenkag rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It was quite an unexpected fun to watch this movie!

Feb 11, 2014
  • 0cho rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very interesting, good movie with some good laughs. Amazing how medical science viewed women’s bodies for so long.

Nov 05, 2013
  • karenw32 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Quite an amusing movie. Who knew.

Aug 24, 2013
  • rationallady rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Entertaining and good acting. I found the supplementary information about the history of this nonexistent malady and how women were treated in the 19th century informative and horrifying.

Aug 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A sweet, slightly predictable love story, coupled with a bizarre account of a 'medical procedure' (!!!) that I'm at a loss for words to write about. Astonishing, antiquated mentalities of a hundred and thirty some odd years ago. Really not too distant in the past, and yet shockingly archaic. "Based on true events. (Really.)" Really?!? I had no idea. Unbelievable.

Aug 03, 2013
  • rslade rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This isn't so much great as much better than it could have been. Could have been sexploitation and is acting down very tastefully. Could have been just a farce, but actually has some heart. Some very good acting in what could have been walk-on parts. Best not to think too much of it as history, and more as pure fiction, but otherwise enjoyable.

May 07, 2013
  • Quimeras rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

At times serious and at others humorous, “Hysteria” takes a look at a shameful episode in the history of medical practice. To think of how many “unruly” women were branded and ultimately controlled by this misdiagnosis! I also recommend watching the documentary piece in the “Extra” section of the DVD.

Apr 25, 2013
  • Forward_Moment rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was one of the best period romance films I've watched! It was funny and cute, but also historically accurate both in the weird (the way "hysteria" was defined and treated) and the serious (the plight of the poor in settlement houses).

Apr 19, 2013
  • JEarl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I will never be able to see Jonathan Pryce the same way again. He scared me sooo bad as a child in "Something Wicked, This Way Comes" and of course Rupert Everett the droll millionaire. Great cast and a very funny movie and not one family member I could recommend it too....only male in a family of women. 5/5 stars from me!!!

Mar 14, 2013
  • JCLBeckyC rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Fun, frothy, fictionalized account of how the treatment of the once-common medical diagnosis hysteria led to the invention of "Granville's hammer". The ending was a little too neatly tied-together, but my husband and I laughed out loud throughout this film. For a historical fiction film about hysteria that's also based on a true story, but done in a more serious tone, try the movie Tom & Viv.

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Oct 26, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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May 08, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Edmund: Mortimer, must you wear
that ghastly hand brace?
Mortimer: I must find some way to attend to these women properly.

Edmund: I believe the French have quite a bit of luck using their tongues.
Mortimer: Please be serious.
We're speaking of my patients. They need me. Perhaps for the first time, I feel... truly useful.
Edmund: Aren't you a rainy day?

May 08, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Charlotte: Dr. Granville. Trawling for patients? I'm afraid you'll find no
cases of hysteria here. Women are all too busy trying to find enough to eat.

Another woman: Ah, Miss Dalrymple.
Always speaking out of turn.

Mortimer: No. I came to enquire about
Miss Fannie's broken ankle.

Charlotte: A house call?

Mortimer: Surely there's no harm in
following up with a patient?

Aug 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mortimer Granville: "Sir, I would be enormously grateful for any position that allowed me to offer relief to my patients, with little chance of killing them."


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