Three Identical Strangers

Three Identical Strangers

DVD - 2018
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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.
Publisher: [Universal City, California] :, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: DVD 155.234 THR 2018
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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tootiebooks99
May 09, 2021

Excellent! Well done and covered the subject very well!

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dylankemp
Apr 06, 2021

What I thought would be a light and easy watch turned out to be very dark.
Mental illness, suicide, unethical experiments on children, lies and cover ups by powerful people.
Interesting, but not fun.

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WJ17
Jan 30, 2021

I was vaguely aware of this story, and I expected it to be a feel-good documentary about how the triplets found each other after being separated shortly after birth. Well, that's all covered in the first 30 minutes. The last hour, as others have said, is horrific and mind-numbing. As painful as it can be at times, I ended up buying my own copy. It's worth multiple viewings.

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itzmyguys
Nov 14, 2020

Imagine finding out that you have a long lost twin brother. Then imagine learning that you're not just a twin, but you're actually a triplet! And you were cruelly separated at birth by a scientist searching for the answer to the "Nature-vs-Nurture" question. Then imagine finding out that you weren't the only family torn apart by this scientist.

An incredible, true and awe-inspiring story of three brothers finding themselves and each other.

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victoriadouglas135
Mar 30, 2020

The ever intriguing question: which is more important to development of the human mind, nature or nuture? is partially answered in this documentary. Those who really like to dig deep on what shapes us as a person will enjoy this. I do think there was much information that was intentionally left out.

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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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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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