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This is not your typical daytime talk show “lost sibling reunion” segment. The documentary Three Identical Strangers tells the story of Bobby, David and Eddy, who at 19 years of age discover they are identical triplets who were adopted by three different Jewish families from the Louise Wise Adoption Agency in New York City. The heartwarming tale of sibling reconnection, however, soon becomes horribly heartbreaking. The men eventually learn that while their parents were told their children were being monitored to study the effects of adoption, they were actually part of a secret study on nature vs. nurture. They were, essentially separated at birth to be used as a control group. And they were not the only ones. Directed by Tim Wardle.


  • Robert Shafran
  • Michael Domnitz
  • Howard Schneider
  • Ellen Cervone
  • Alan Luchs
  • David Kellman
  • Hedy Page
  • Alice Shafran
  • Elliott Galland
  • Mort Shafran

Atom User Reviews

Verified Review

Such a well told story. So intriguing. Try not to read anything about this before you see it, it takes some turns and it will keep your interest the whole time.

Tom C
Verified Review

an amazing Weird true Science story

Eric G


Jun 27, 2018

Rather than working so hard to steer viewers’ emotional reactions, Wardle could have trusted in the provocativeness of his material and endeavored to provide broader context for this entrancing tale.

Lisa Jo Sagolla
Film Journal International

This is a strange, ultimately quite distressing story touched by tragedy, told by Wardle with great skill and compassion in a brisk, consistently absorbing package.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter

Where some see coincidence, Wardle finds a true-life conspiracy, and pursues it all the way to conclusion after gripping conclusion.

Fionnuala Halligan
Screen Daily