Three Identical Strangers

Three Identical Strangers

Streaming Video - 2018
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A jaw-dropping, stranger-than-fiction tale of three long-lost identical brothers who are joyously reunited, only to discover an unimaginable secret about their pasts.
Audience: PG
Publisher: [United States] :, Mongrel Media,, 2018
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 97 min.)) : sd., col
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Alternative Title: 3 identical strangers

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FPL_LaurenG Dec 30, 2019

Its hard to believe the intricacies, themes, and tragedy in these three stories as they weave together. The documentary also provides a frightening look into psychological experiments that were once thought to be acceptable.

DCPL_Lynn Dec 02, 2019

Great movie. There was more to the plot than I imagined. Take the time to watch this.

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kvanmooresma
Nov 25, 2019

This is one of the most fascinating documentaries I've seen.

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slaroche
Oct 09, 2019

4* Very interesting biography.

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duane767
Sep 14, 2019

As I was watching this documentary I began to remember this story from my childhood and youth. The line on the box might cause you to raise your expectations for this a bit too high to thoroughly enjoy and one of the conclusions of their story is predictable - sadly - from a mile away. There are some questions raised that aren't answered and as a viewer you may or may not draw your own conclusions as the nature of these questions are a bit disturbing; that part of the film's billing is true.

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nsparr
Sep 02, 2019

We really enjoyed this! Pulls at heart strings and so intriguing. Can’t believe this isn’t a more well known story. I had never heard of it.

ArapahoeSam Jul 19, 2019

Great documentary filled with mystery and investigative reporting. I never knew about this story until after I watched this documentary, but I was kept on the edge of my seat throughout this whole film. At first it sounds like it would be the typical story of separated at birth but with unexpected twists this will keep you intrigued. If you love documentaries, then this is a must watch!

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swyckl
Jul 17, 2019

I liked this Biography Documentary DVD. It was comprehensive and informative. The astonishing true story of three men who make the chance discovery, at the age of nineteen, that they are identical triplets, separated at birth and adopted to different parents. The trio's joyous reunion in 1980 catapults them to fame but it also sets in motion a chain of events that unearths an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes far beyond their own lives, a secret that goes to the very heart of all human behavior. A young man is told that he has to meet this guy who looks just like him - and it turns out to be his twin brother. When they story goes public, a third man reveals they aren't twins but triplets who'd been separated at birth. Shocked by the discovery and stunned by the similarities in their lives, the brothers learn more about their incredible history - which also proves to be darker than any of them were expecting. This is definitely a documentary you need to see to believe.

ARAPAHOEKAIT Jun 11, 2019

This documentary is fantastic for anyone that remembers the story from when it happened or anyone new to it. Even though the plot seems simple (triplets separated at birth), the story will keep you on the edge of your seat and it has quite a few unexpected twists. There are some truly moving moments in the documentary, and it will leave you wondering just how these events managed to take place. This is a great people-focused documentary and would be great for anyone that likes lifestyle and investigative reporting.

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jimg2000
Jun 10, 2019

A belated documentary about a set of identical triplets, primarily between 1980, when they turned 19, to 1995 when one of them departed. Their separation at birth reminds me of the discussions on identical twins in the 2017 novel "The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye" by David Lagercrantz who wrote: Thousands of twins, both identical and fraternal, grow up apart from each other, either because one or both have been adopted, or, more rarely, as the result of some unfortunate mix-up in a maternity ward. Many of these cases are heartrending, but they also provide scientists with crucial test cases. The studies come to more or less the same conclusion: hereditary factors in conjunction with our unique environment are the primary factors in shaping our personalities.

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jimg2000
Jun 10, 2019

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A more in depth views from https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1995/08/07/double-mystery

"The separated-twins story is a chestnut of American journalism—one that is guaranteed to gain national exposure, along with stories of pets that have trekked across the country to find their masters. The appeal of the separated-twins story is the implicit suggestion that it could happen to anyone."
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In terms of how they parented their children the three families were quite, quite different. David's father stood out. There was nobody in the world like his son. He was so proud of him. Whatever he did was wonderful. Bobby's father was very busy as a doctor and didn't have the time to be with Bobby that David's father had, but was as devoted to him as possible. The most traditional was Eddy's father... who was rather strict. He was the boss. He made the rules and Eddy was supposed to follow.

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jimg2000
Jun 10, 2019

I... It's not justifiable what they did. You know what? Coming from the Holocaust, our family has a knowledge that when you play with humans... you do something very wrong.
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Being in business with my brothers damaged our relationship. There were conflicting work ethics, and my father had passed away. He really anchored us together as a group and kept the peace so to speak,
-They started to argue like kids would argue, you know. And they didn't have that opportunity, that gift of being able to be brothers for 18 years. When you are living in a family of children you learn how to adjust to each other. If I don't like the way you do this, I can get angry, or I can learn to compromise. But they met as adults. And had never learned how to live with each other.

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jimg2000
Jun 10, 2019

We found the ways that we were alike and we emphasized them and we wanted to be alike. We were falling in love with each other. I think there were superficialities. They liked the same things and they had similar interests, but deep down they were different. They were not a case study of biology being destiny. I've come to believe genes and the environment are close competitors. You could say that we drift in the direction that our genes tell us to go but it doesn't mean you are destined to be one person or another. I believe that I'm still here today because of the foundation that was given to me by my parents. I believe that absolutely made a difference in terms of struggling with whatever demons I struggle with. I believe nature and nurture both matter. But I think nurture can overcome nearly everything.

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