Who Is Clark Rockefeller? 2010 NR CC

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The Rockefeller tale begins with German con artist Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter (McCormack) coming to the U.S. in 1979 as a foreign exchange student. He used a series of aliases, impersonating a talk show host and a Pentagon adviser, among others. Gerhartsreiter soon became a fixture in Boston high society for more than a decade after he claimed to be Clark Rockefeller, an heir to the famous...

Starring:
Eric McCormack, Sherry Stringfield
Runtime:
1 hour 29 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Mikael Salomon
Starring Eric McCormack, Sherry Stringfield
Supporting actors Emily Alyn Lind, Stephen McHattie, Regina Taylor, Ted Atherton, Krista Bridges, Mark Taylor, Philip Akin, Art Hindle, Janet Porter, Egidio Tari, Jeffrey R. Smith, Jack Grinhaus, Carleigh Beverly, J.C. Kenny, Noam Jenkins, Paul Hecht, Andrey Ivchenko, Jane Moffat
Studio Lifetime Television
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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The acting is very low-key.
Anna V. Carroll
The most interesting thing would be if Rockefeller, aka Gerhartsreiter would write a book himself, but that is not going to happen as long as he is behind bars.
Peter Piper
The real story has so much to offer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anne on July 12, 2010
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Who is Clark Rockefeller? He's a con man, well played by Eric Mccormack in this Lifetime made for TV movie, who discovers the doors that open in America for someone with the last name of Rockefeller. He woos and marries Sandra Boss (Sherry Stringfield) a woman who is brilliant in business and naïve socially. But most of the Boston social scene have been taken in by him. Its members are very tolerant of and even enchanted by the eccentricities of a man they think is a wealthy member of the Rockefeller clan.

After all, only a Rockefeller could have his dog attend his wedding, but not his family. He says he didn't want his famous relatives distracting from his bride on "her day." And of course he doesn't perform ordinary work. He spends his workday on the computer helping the economies of third world countries while his wife toils in the marketplace.

And when they have a daughter, the child adores him, probably because of his wonderful imagination and story telling abilities. But as the years go by, Sandra finds herself less enthralled by her husband, and asks for a divorce. That's when she learns that the man she married has absolutely nothing; that she has been the sole financial support of the marriage. Not only is her husband's persona a fake, but all his "valuable" property is fake as well, including his "original" oil paintings.

Nevertheless, she agrees to a settlement (he is the father of her child), but when he kidnaps their daughter while on a supervised visit, the police delve further into his past, and learn that this man is probably very dangerous, and is possibly a murderer.

This is a well-acted, engrossing movie, that takes place amid beautiful settings, and is based on a true story. Mystery lovers and romance lovers should both enjoy it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe V. on December 17, 2011
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This little made-for-TV movie is based upon a true crime story. It held my interest enough for me to do a little research to learn the progress of post movie criminal case against the protagonist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PC on March 10, 2014
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They could have done a better job with this. The real story has so much to offer. This movie is not worth the time
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Karla on March 4, 2014
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I would just like to know how in the world he was able to pull off all that he did. The film didn't disclose that but I thoroughly enjoyed it all the same. An example of how, as Sandra B said in the film, "...there's a difference between emotional intelligence and occupational intelligence." [paraphrased]. Very interesting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By King Pigskin on March 18, 2013
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This gives a good look at the German immigrant who changed his identity several times once he came to America, finally becoming a "Rockefeller." If you are interested in following his murder trial, which begins 3/18/13 in Los Angeles, check out veteran California journalist Frank C. Girardot Jr.'s new book. "Name Dropper: Investigating the Clark Rockefeller Mystery" lays out the murder case against the phony Rockefeller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Piper on December 16, 2011
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I rented this movie on a lark and enjoyed it. It really is not bad at all for a TV movie although it leaves out a lot of detail.

It whetted my appetite for the book, "The Man in the Rockefeller Suit" which tells a lot more. The movie focuses mostly on the period when the faux Rockefeller kidnapped his daughter, then tells the story of his marriage in flashback form. You get only a brief glimpse of his life before that point, even though that earlier period of his life is really just as interesting. I guess you'd need a four hour movie or more to really focus on the earlier events.

I believe this film does go too far in unfairly prejudicing the viewer into thinking that he may have killed two people. There is some circumstantial evidence that he may have done that but the case has yet to go to trial so the film should not make such broad insinuations.

The most interesting thing would be if Rockefeller, aka Gerhartsreiter would write a book himself, but that is not going to happen as long as he is behind bars.

Overall a decent portrayal with reasonable acting.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anna V. Carroll on November 6, 2013
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What's in a name? Obviously, if your name is Rockfeller, a lot.

Does anyone remember the young Frenchman named Christophe Rocancourt who tore through NYC and LA posing as a Rockfeller a few years back? Christophe and Christian. Both European. One conned the world for 20 years. The other, too young and inexperienced, only lasted a couple of years. One is in prison for life, the other is a French chef!

Eric McCormack does not have the 'creep' factor to play this role as it should have been played. He is, after all, Will of Will & Grace. He's too sweet a guy, although a very talented actor, singer and dancer.

This made-for-tv-movie is more the wife's story than the husband's. Still, Sandra Boss comes across as the brilliant businesswoman, daffy-in-love wife. As the FBI Agent asks her over and over, 'How could you NOT know?!" (Her husband was a con man and not a Rockefeller)

The film was made in Canada and the settings (trying hard to be NYC) are lovely. The colors brilliant. The interiors to-die-for. The acting is very low-key. No one is chewing the wallpaper. There is little, if any, anger on the part of the devastated wife and mother. The only emotional thing she does is throw her wedding ring across the table during the divorce hearing.

The daughter Snooks is adorable and an excellent little actress. Eric McCormack tries really hard but just isn't convincing as Clark Rockfeller. Who in Hollywood COULD play this role to the hilt? Had this happened 30 years ago I would have cast Jack Nicholson. Everyone else in the movie is forgetable. I don't even remember the real name of the actress who played the wife! My bad!

I gave it 4 stars because it was enjoyable to watch from start to finish.
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