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Director  Tanya Wexler
Initial DVD release  April 18, 2012 (France)
Language  English
6.7/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Romance
Music director  Gast Waltzing
Country  United Kingdom
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Release date  15 September 2011 (2011-09-15) (Toronto) 17 November 2011 (2011-11-17) (Russia)
Writer  Stephen Dyer (story), Jonah Lisa Dyer (story), Stephen Dyer (screenplay), Jonah Lisa Dyer (screenplay), Howard Gensler (original story)
Initial release  November 17, 2011 (Russia)
Cast  Maggie Gyllenhaal (Charlotte Dalrymple), Hugh Dancy (Dr. Mortimer Granville), Jonathan Pryce (Dr. Robert Dalrymple), Felicity Jones (Emily Dalrymple), Rupert Everett (as Lord Edmund St. John-Smythe), Ashley Jensen (Fanny)
Similar movies  Patch Adams, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Hipnos, Doc Hollywood, Intern Academy, Johanna
Tagline  It is the duty of every doctor to give his patients relief

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Hysteria is a 2011 British period romantic comedy film directed by Tanya Wexler. It stars Hugh Dancy and Maggie Gyllenhaal, with Felicity Jones, Jonathan Pryce, and Rupert Everett appearing in key supporting roles. The film, set in the Victorian era, shows how the medical management of hysteria led to the invention of the vibrator. The film's title refers to the once-common medical diagnosis of female hysteria.


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Set at the end of 1880, the film depicts the invention of the vibrator. Dr. Mortimer Granville (Hugh Dancy) is a young physician who has difficulty with his occupation due to constant arguments over modern medicine. He gets a job assisting Dr. Dalrymple (Jonathan Pryce), whose practice specializes in the treatment of "hysteria", a popular diagnosis for women of that time. Medical practitioners like Dr. Dalrymple tried to manage hysteria by massaging the genital area, decently covered under a curtain, to elicit "paroxysmal convulsions", without recognizing that they were inducing orgasms. Granville meets Dr. Dalrymple's daughters, Emily (Felicity Jones), and her older sister Charlotte (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a premodern feminist who runs a settlement house in a poor section of London.

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Granville seems to be good at massaging, getting a sizeable following, while at the same time Dr. Dalrymple suggests he might eventually take over the business and marry Emily. One night after work, Charlotte comes in with her friend Fannie (Ashley Jensen), who has broken her ankle. After he helps treat her, Dalrymple forbids Granville from offering any future assistance to Charlotte, hoping to dissuade her from her work in the slums. Meanwhile, the increased clientele at the practice is hard on Granville, and his hand musculature is unable to keep up with the task; an attack of cramp results in his dismissal. Fortunately, his friend, Lord Edmund St. John-Smythe, has developed an electrical feather duster, and its vibrations give Dr. Granville the idea of modifying the gadget for use as an electric massager. After successfully using it on the Dalrymple's maid Molly, he persuades Dr. Dalrymple to try the device on his patients, resulting in massive success. Mortimer and Emily then become engaged, while Charlotte struggles with supporting the welfare house.

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At the engagement party, Charlotte is arrested while protecting Fannie from a police officer. Emily and Dr. Dalrymple urge Granville to testify at her trial that she is hysterical in order to prevent her from being sent to prison. During the trial, the prosecutor recommends that Charlotte be sent to a sanatorium and be forced to undergo a hysterectomy. As Mortimer speaks, he explains that the symptoms for hysteria are too common to be regarded as a mental illness, and that he himself believes that Charlotte is the most generous and caring person he knows. The judge agrees with Mortimer's argument, and Charlotte is sentenced to just thirty days in prison for her assault on the policeman.

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Emily decides to end her engagement to Granville, after realising her only motive was to please her father. The vibrator now enters the stage as a medical device for the treatment of the condition, reducing treatment time while greatly increasing customer satisfaction. The royalties from its sale result in independent wealth for Granville, who has fallen in love with Charlotte. Pledging to use some of his wealth to establish a clinic at her settlement house, he proposes marriage to Charlotte and she accepts.


Hysteria (2011 film) movie scenes
  • Hugh Dancy as Dr. Mortimer Granville
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal as Charlotte Dalrymple
  • Jonathan Pryce as Dr. Robert Dalrymple
  • Felicity Jones as Emily Dalrymple
  • Rupert Everett as Lord Edmund St. John-Smythe
  • Ashley Jensen as Fanny
  • Sheridan Smith as Molly
  • Gemma Jones as Lady St. John-Smythe
  • Malcolm Rennie as Lord St. John-Smythe
  • Kim Criswell as Mrs. Castellari
  • Georgie Glen as Mrs. Parsons
  • Elisabet Johannesdottir as Mrs. Pearce
  • Linda Woodhall as Nurse Smalley
  • Kim Selby as Lady Wheaton
  • Ann Overstall Comfort as Mrs. Huddleston
  • Jonathan Rhodes as PC Fugate
  • Leila Ana├»s Schaus as Tess
  • Anna Chancellor as Mrs. Bellamy
  • Tobias Menzies as Mr. Squyers
  • Historical background

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    Manual genital massage of women had been a medical remedy since antiquity, and hysteria was a recognized malady until the American Psychiatric Association discontinued this term in 1952. Dr. Joseph Mortimer Granville filed the first patent for an electromechanical vibrator termed Granville's Hammer in about 1883. Granville, however, did not apply his invention in the treatment of hysteria; rather, he used it to treat muscular disorders. Other physicians started to apply the vibrator for the treatment of hysteria.


    The film received mixed reviews, garnering a score of 53 out of 100 (based on 33 reviews) at Metacritic. Rotten Tomatoes reported a score of 58% based on 118 reviews and a consensus of "Hysteria has an amusing subject but its winking, vaguely sarcastic tone doesn't do the movie any favors."


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