Three Identical Strangers ()

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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.

  • Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 11 wins & 54 nominations.
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Robert Shafran ...
Self (as Bobby Shafran)
Michael Domnitz ...
Self - Eddie's Friend
Howard Schneider ...
Self - Newsday 1969-2004
Ellen Cervone ...
Self - Friend
Alan Luchs ...
Self - Friend
David Kellman ...
Hedy Page ...
Self - David's Aunt
Alice Shafran ...
Self - Bobby's Stepmother
Elliott Galland ...
Self - Eddy's Father
Eddy Galland ...
Self (archiveFootage)
Richard Kellman ...
Self (archiveFootage)
Justine Wise Polier ...
Self - President, Louise Wise Services (archiveFootage)
Mort Shafran ...
Self - Bobby's Father
Ilene Shafran ...
Self - Bobby's Wife
Janet Kellman ...
Self - David's Wife
Brenda Galland ...
Self - Eddy's Wife
Self - Journalist & Author
Natasha Josefowitz ...
Self - Peter Neubauer's Research Assistant
Elyse Schein ...
Self - Separated Twin
Peter Neubauer ...
Self (as Dr. Peter Neubauer)
Lawrence Perlman ...
Self - Research Assistant, Twin Study 1968-1969 (as Dr. Lawrence Perlman)
Evan LeRose ...
Bobby (Reconstruction Sequences)
Andrew Lovesey ...
Michael (Reconstruction Sequences)
Jolanta Butts ...
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Keith G. Campbell ...
Supporting Cast (Reconstruction Sequences) (as Keith Campbell)
Hilary Childs ...
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Jack Comerford ...
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Melinda Filice ...
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Debbie Galea ...
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Ron Guttman ...
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Annie Holland ...
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John Hope ...
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Kevin Javgureanu ...
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Mike Klassen ...
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Adrian Lichter ...
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Vincent Mayer ...
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Supporting Cast (Reconstruction Sequences) (as Scott Murray)
Matteo Procopio ...
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Marcus Recio ...
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Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)

Directed by

Tim Wardle

Written by

Grace Hughes-Hallett ... (creator) (creator)

Produced by

Tom Barry ... executive producer
Louise Dew ... line producer
Poppy Dixon ... development producer
Dimitri Doganis ... executive producer
Tara Elwood ... producer: reconstruction sequences
Amy Entelis ... executive producer: CNN Films
Adam Hawkins ... executive producer
Grace Hughes-Hallett ... producer (produced by)
Jack Penman ... archive producer
Sara Ramsden ... executive producer: Channel 4
Beatrice Read ... archive producer
Becky Read ... producer (produced by)
Courtney Sexton ... executive producer: CNN Films
Piers Vellacott ... executive in charge of production
Alexandra Hannibal ... coordinating producer (uncredited)

Music by

Paul Saunderson

Cinematography by

Tim Cragg ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Michael Harte

Editorial Department

Beth Allan ... assistant editor
Emma Comans ... post-production manager
Kelvin Daley ... on-line editor
Andrew Daniel ... colorist
Kyle Newton ... assistant editor
Laurence Thripp ... on-line editor

Production Design by

Brittany Morrison ... (Reconstruction Sequences)

Costume Design by

Dawn Thompson ... costume designer

Makeup Department

Heather Hollett French ... hair stylist: reconstruction sequences (as Heather Hollet French) / makeup artist: reconstruction sequences (as Heather Hollet French)
Jennifer O'Connor ... key makeup artist: reconstruction sequences

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Jeff Chapman ... first assistant director: reconstruction sequences
Michael Marotti ... second assistant director: reconstruction sequences
Michael Sinyi ... first assistant director: reconstruction sequences

Art Department

Rachel Mathews ... property master

Sound Department

Nicholas Guldner ... sound recordist
Kim Tae Hak ... sound effects editor
Josh Isaac ... sound recordist
Michael Lile ... sound recordist
Omar Milano ... sound mixer: Texas / sound recordist
Chad Orororo ... foley editor/sound designer
Nas Parkash ... dialogue editor / re-recording mixer
Olivier Virmont ... sound recordist
Merce Williams ... sound recordist

Camera and Electrical Department

J. Zachary MacDonald ... first assistant camera
Hai-Tao Wu ... interview camera operator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Paulina Schultz ... wardrobe assistant

Music Department

Robert Ames ... solo viola / viola improvisation
Galya Bisengalieva ... solo violin / violin improvisation
London Contemporary Orchestra ... score performed by
Andy Cook ... music recordist
Jason Elliott ... score mixer
Brian O'Kane ... soloist (as Brian O'Kame)
Madeline Ridd ... soloist
Paul Saunderson ... musician: piano
Kle Savidge ... music supervisor: commercial music
Marli Wren ... orchestrator

Other crew

Felicity Arkell ... production coordinator
Michael Cleaver ... Production Counsel
Jane Gant ... Financial Controller: Raw TV
Kanishka Gulati ... production assistant: reconstruction sequences
Niamh Hargan ... Production Counsel
Matt Marsden ... reconstruction assistant: reconstruction sequences
Matt Onley ... production assistant: reconstruction sequences
Dana Z. Panagopoulos ... director of production
Sandra Shuttleworth ... Production Executive

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Tres idénticos desconocidos (Spain)
  • Три схожих незнайомці (Ukraine)
  • 三個一模一樣的陌生人 (Taiwan)
  • Tři blízcí neznámí (Czech Republic)
  • Три одинаковых незнакомца (Russia)
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  • 96 min
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Trivia The movie that the triplets had a cameo in is Desperately Seeking Susan (1985). See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Top 10 Movies You Missed This Summer (2018). See more »
Soundtracks Since You Been Gone See more »
Quotes 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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