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Three Identical Strangers (2018)

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In 1980 New York, three young men who were all adopted meet each other and find out they're triplets who were separated at birth. But their quest to find out why turns into a bizarre and sinister mystery.

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Tim Wardle
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 11 wins & 44 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Shafran Robert Shafran ... Himself (as Bobby Shafran)
Michael Domnitz Michael Domnitz ... Himself
Howard Schneider Howard Schneider ... Himself
Ellen Cervone Ellen Cervone ... Herself
Alan Luchs Alan Luchs ... Himself
David Kellman David Kellman ... Himself
Hedy Page Hedy Page ... Herself
Alice Shafran Alice Shafran ... Herself
Elliott Galland Elliott Galland ... Himself
Eddy Galland Eddy Galland ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard Kellman Richard Kellman ... Himself (archive footage)
Justine Wise Polier Justine Wise Polier ... Herself (archive footage)
Mort Shafran Mort Shafran ... Himself
Ilene Shafran Ilene Shafran ... Herself
Janet Kellman Janet Kellman ... Herself
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Storyline

New York, 1980: three complete strangers accidentally discover that they are identical triplets, separated at birth. The 19-year-olds' joyous reunion catapults them to international fame, but it also unlocks an extraordinary and disturbing secret that goes beyond their own lives - and could transform our understanding of human nature forever.

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The Most Amazing, Incredible, Remarkable True Story Ever Told


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Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic material | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 2018 (UK) See more »

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Three Identical Strangers See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$171,503, 1 July 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,320,845, 18 October 2018
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RAW See more »
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Color | Black and White (archive footage)

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1.85 : 1
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Debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2018. See more »

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The Volvo used in the initial sequences was a later model year (from the 80's) than the actual year (in the 70's). See more »

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Robert Shafran: When I tell people my story, they don't believe it. I guess I wouldn't believe the story if someone else were telling it, but , I'm telling it and it's true, every word of it.
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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Movies You Missed in 2018 (2019) See more »

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Kids in America
Written by Ricki Wilde (as Ricky Wilde) and Kim Wilde
Performed by Kim Wilde
Licensed courtesy of RAK Publishing Limited
Licensed courtesy of Cherry Red Records Limited
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A superior documentary
21 September 2018 | by proud_ludditeSee all my reviews

On July 12, 1961 in Glen Oaks, New York: Robert Shafran, Eddie Galland, and Robert Kellman were born as identical triplets to a single mother and later adopted in different families. This documentary chronicles their story which includes their eventual reunion and beyond.

This is one of those documentaries which reinforces the belief that truth is stranger than fiction. It can also join superior documentaries like "Bus 174" (2002 - Brazil) and "Tower" (2016 - USA) as non-fiction films that end up as mysterious thrillers for audiences who are unaware of the events exposed in each film. An odd twist about "Strangers" though, is that some information remains incomplete by the end - this is no fault by any means of the filmmakers who do a superb job. Without giving anything away, there is a perverse reason that so much information is denied to the viewer and to the many involved in this bizarre story.

Some movies finish with happy endings. This one starts with a happy beginning. There is much joy in the reunion and the enormous ripple effect this causes. Once the thrill starts to settle down, the young men naturally want to learn more about their birth and adoption circumstances. What they learn turns the film into a sinister mystery.

Once all the talking heads are introduced within the first twenty minutes or so, a keen observer will notice that another mystery is yet to unfold as the film chronologically reveals the lives of the triplets. Once the mystery is revealed, the emotional impact is stunning.

As if this film isn't rich enough, it even digs into issues of class. Each boy grew up in different circumstances from each other. This further fuels the debate of nature vs nurture. One thing though is not debatable: "Three Identical Strangers" is one of the most fascinating documentaries ever. Not since the Dionne quintuplets were born in 1934 has there been such a fascinating story of identical siblings from a multiple birth.


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