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Who is Clark Rockefeller?

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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 dynasty. The deception was described as "the longest con in FBI history." He eventually married Sandra Boss, a millionaire with a Harvard MBA and a partner at the prestigious business consulting firm McKinsey & Co. After losing custody of their daughter during the divorce, Rockefeller kidnapped the girl during a supervised visit in July 2008. The abduction and Rockefeller's apprehension after the safe retrieval of his daughter drew nationwide attention and led to the discovery of his real identity. At a trial this spring, Gerhartsreiter was sentenced to four to five years in prison for the kidnapping.

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Will & Grace star Eric McCormack won an Emmy® for his comic acting abilities, but Who Is Clark Rockefeller?, a made-for-TV film, shows that McCormack has significant dramatic talent as well. McCormack, along with fellow TV vet Sherry Stringfield (ER), keep this somewhat formulaic movie on track with their strong, compelling performances. Based on a true case, Who Is Clark Rockefeller? traces the life of Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, a German-born con artist who, incredibly, manages to take on dozens of personas in the United States in the last couple of decades of the 20th century, eluding capture and entangling hundreds in his web of lies. McCormack plays Gerhartsreiter, whose last great scam is masquerading as an heir to the Rockefeller fortune, "Clark Rockefeller." Using this false identity, he is able to gain access to Boston's high society and to wed a wealthy, intelligent woman, Sandra Boss (Stringfield), and father an adorable daughter. Only when the "Rockefellers'" marriage comes apart does Boss begin to understand who her pathological husband really is--and what desperate acts he is capable of. Who Is Clark Rockefeller? is reminiscent of Six Degrees of Separation but also recalls The Deliberate Stranger, the unsettling '80s TV movie about Ted Bundy that showed that Mark Harmon is an actor of depth, layers, and immense talent. Who Is Clark Rockefeller? is a great showcase for the talents of McCormack and Stringfield, who demonstrate why they are such gifted actors. Fans of true crime, romance, and mystery will not want to miss Who Is Clark Rockefeller?--even if they cannot quite pin down the answer. --A.T. Hurley

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  • Actors: Eric McCormack, Sherry Stringfield
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ES5JVU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,719 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Who is Clark Rockefeller?" on IMDb

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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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Bogus Clark Rockefeller's financially supportive un-legalized wife, who earns over a million a year which he controls, discovers he is a phony but stays with him because it has advanced her career in finance and gotten her financial company the City of New York as an account.He is exposed as a Rockefeller impersonator, convicted of murder and sent to jail. His former wife in name only maintains her career and is financially successful. An excellent and well acted movie that demonstrates people will believe what they want to believe regardless of the facts if it is in their advantage to do so.
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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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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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By Pooh Bear on November 30, 2010
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Eric McCormack, you rock! I loved you in "Will & Grace" and really thought you were a great comedic actor. But your performance in this movie was superb. If you are an Eric McCormack fan, this movie is tops!
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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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a tremendous movie about one of the most bizzare cases of american true crime. you will not forget clark rockerfeller. a powerful story, and the book is tremendous also.
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I was involved with a guy that was much like Clark. It's amazing what they psychopaths can pull off and so effortless. This was in good shape. Thank you.
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