(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.
Statement of Responsibility: Sony Pictures Classics ; an Informant Media & Forthcoming Films production, in association with Beachfront Films and Chimera Films ; story & screenplay by Stephen Dyer, Jonah Lisa Dyer ; produced by Sarah Curtis, Judy Cairo, Tracey Becker ; directed by Tanya Wexler
Title: Hysteria
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2012]
Country of Producing Entity: Great Britain France Germany Luxembourg
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 99 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
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Report This 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.

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

Quite an amusing movie. Who knew.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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.

Report This 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).

Report This 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!!!

Report This 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.

Report This Mar 07, 2013
  • JOANNE CARR rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It is a really bawdy movie. Victorian background is wonderful..thank goodness I did not live in those times. I really love this movie, but ,if you tend to be embarrassed by sexual situations then I suggest that you do not see this movie. The thing that is great about it is they make their point without showing anything. Now I know where vibrators were invented .

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

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Report This 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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