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, c2018
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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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.

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.

May 29, 2019

Truth is indeed stranger than fiction...What starts out as a feel good story turns into a horror story, led by Dr. Neubauer, a Jewish doctor who wants to be a Junior Varsity Dr. Mengele of Auschwitz fame and an equally sleazy adoption agency.

Don't want to give too much away, other reviewers of this documentary have already done that, but I was out-raged about the totally useless studies, and the suppression of the research.

If you are adopted, this will really turn your head.

JCLZachC May 09, 2019

Identical triplets separated at birth. A "fact is stranger than fiction" documentary.

May 06, 2019

OMG!!! This is an amazing documentary. I did not know the full story before watching and as person with training as a clinical child psychologist, I was absolutely amazed at the breach of ethics depicted. The film begins as a benign, heartwarming story of the reunion of 3 identical triplets who were separated at birth and turns into a story of atrocity. ****** Spoiler alert!!!! We gradually learn that Jewish twins and triplets were separated at birth and placed by Louise Wise Services with families who already had an adopted child from this agency. Dr. Peter Neubauer, who escaped the holocaust, followed in the steps of Josef Mengele and his twin studies at Auschwitz. The children were then studied for many years concerning the issue of nature vs. nurture. This study by a "well respected" psychologist who trained with Anna Freud ( remember Sigmund fled to England to escape the Nazis ) would be an abomination regardless of the ethnic background of the children and families who were essentially lab rats. The fact that a Jewish adoption agency and a Jewish psychologist would dehumanize Jewish children and families with Nazi efficiency and disregard makes this story one of the most appalling stories of "psychological" research / torture. The study results were never published and are "sealed" at Yale until 2066. The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services has blocked the survivors' access to their own information until the release of the documentary. Excellent documentary. Kristi & Abby Tabby

May 04, 2019

I really liked this documentary! Even though it does not provide direct answers to the questions it tries to address it certainly gives a lot to think about!

Apr 26, 2019

Plenty has already been written and this film should certainly be viewed for its fascinating though heartbreaking story. What I didn't appreciate was the filmmakers inserting speculation about nature vs. nurture, which in this biography is completely unnecessary, imho. Their compelling story is interesting enough without a foray into the scientific.

Mar 27, 2019

Highly recommended! Starts out as an amazing story and becomes much more. I don't want to ruin it for you (as some people may already have done), so you'll have to watch it. I think you'll agree by the end. This documentary has it all, and is not in the least bit dry or dragging.

Mar 16, 2019

A case of "Truth Is stranger than fiction".

Mar 12, 2019

Excellent. Never knew about these triplets until now.

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Jun 10, 2019

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"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.

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.
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.

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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