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Face To Face: The Schappell Twins

3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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They have two separate bodies but are literally of one mind. The Schappell sisters, Reba and Lori, are conjoined twins (more commonly referred to as Siamese twins). Joined at the forehead, they face in opposite directions, and have lived this way for over 35 years. FACE TO FACE is an extraordinary portrait of the Schappell's life, from the 24 years they spent institutionalized to their struggles adjusting to society in the time since they were released. In intimate interviews, they talk about their hopes and dreams and the prejudice and fear they face everyday. Yet they also reveal why they would never want to be separated, despite the existence of medical technology that would make it possible. Perhaps most fascinating is other people's reactions to the twins. In a society that supposedly champions originality and those who are unique, the existence of the Schappell sisters challenges assumptions and beliefs. This is made patently clear as we follow the twins on a trip to New York. They scare us, they intrigue us, they force us to think about what we define as beautiful, tragic and heroic.

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  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: unknown
  • DVD Release Date: January 23, 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E372AO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,759 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Linda A. Young on August 25, 2006
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I missed the first part of the documentary when it viewed on A&E, and was thrilled to see that I could actually purchase it from Amazon, and have it for my very own. Face To Face is such a heartwarming film about 2 conjoined twins who are able to go through life as individuals, respecting each other for their differences, regardless of the fact that they will forever

share some of the same body parts. What a lesson in cooperation! The film gets a little long, when showing other people's reactions and opinions, which is not necessary, but is all worth waiting for the finale where they are leading the serpentine,singing and dancing through Central Park.
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An absolutely amazing story. These sisters have such a wonderful "can do" attitude and outlook. The more you watch the more they are "normal." I think it would be a good documentary for high school classes to watch and discuss.
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