Transcript for 6 Brothers Survived Being Locked in an NYC Apartment Their Entire Lives
But first let's get right to this morning's hot button. The incredible story of a family locked in a New York City apartment hidden from the outside world for more than a decade. The brothers are the subject of a new documentary called "The wolfpack." And ABC's Elizabeth vargas is here with more on this story. Good morning. Good morning, robin. Could you survive being locked in a tiny apartment for 14 years perhaps even learn to thrive. Six brothers and one sister did that. Some born and all raised living in a ten many. They and their mother captives. This is the story of family, fortitude and the power of film. In the gritty chaos of the lower east side for more than a decade behind these windows was an entire family almost no one knew existed. They are the Angulo family, Oscar and Suzanne and their seven children. Their neighbors never saw them. I've been here all my life. We didn't know they existed. Reporter: The children raised in four small rooms, homeschooled their whole lives by their mother and locked in by their father. For 14 years they lived by his rules. If he put us in a room we have to stay there until he says you can go. Reporter: Oscar had the only key to the apartment and only he could use it. This was always locked? Always. What did he exactly tell you? Did he say it was dangerous outside? What did he say would happen to you if you went outside? He would say to us, so outside there's good people and there's bad people, you know, I'd like to keep you all here protected, you know, because this is a big city. There's a lot of crime going on. Reporter: Their father gave them free range to just one thing. I don't shine shoes anymore. Reporter: Movies. They were the boys' only window to the outside world. Losing themselves in the wilderness of the last of the mohicans, the streets of sicily in godfather and the bringty new York underworld in kwood goodfellas." They were more than entertainment. They were salvation. Movies taught us how to speak to one another. Who are you talking to? How you interact with another person and have an opinion. Marvin, what do you make of all this? How many hours a day would you watch them? All day. Every day. How many movies have you seen? Let's just say over 10,000 movies. You've seen over 10,000. Pirates of the caribbean. Blade runner. Taxi driner. No country for old men. Gone with the wind. At some point simply watching is not enough. The boys decide to become a part of the movies they love in the confines of their tiny apartment their imagination runs wild. Every time my fingers touch brain I'm super blind tnt. Reporter: With every line, hand gesture, they assign pars and perform. Their only audience is themselves. Scenes from "Reservoir dogs." "Pulp fiction." Don't look at me like that. I can feel your look. Reporter: "Batman." Every punch choreographed. As for the neighbors they never saw -- We'd make up characters out of them. If like if we hear them yelling, that sounds a little bit like "Go "Goodfellas." Maybe Robert de Niro is living in there. What you miss out on you make up in fantasy. It's now or never. When life inside became too much to bear and one son found the courage to break free. I'm going to do it now. Reporter: And a chance encounter with a woman who will change their lives. It was like one kid, another kid, another kid and all of a sudden it was six and I ran after them. Reporter: That young woman crystal Moselle would go on to change their life and made the documentary "The wolfpack" which debuts nationwide tonight. We're doing an hour long special. It's an incredible story. Where do we start? The questions we have for you. Wow. What's their favorite movie? I asked them that. It's an impossible question to answer much they have watched and memorized thousands and thousands and thousands of movies. They reenact scenes. They carefully make props out of garbage. So are they going to use this and become the next Steven Spielberg. Most amazingly one of the boys we have videotape of him five years ago that crystal took teaching him how to use a camera and push record. What a tripod is. We have videotape of him today working as a cinematographer. That is so cool. They memorized the lines to all these movies. They wrote down all the scripts. We have them. They showed it to me. Pretty cd. Even most amazing as they're rubbing elbows with celebrities and getting all this fame they still go back to that tiny tenement apartment they all still live there except one son. To be so well adjusted after -- It's a testament to the power of imagination, power of resilience and family. Just an incredible story. You say the most shocking you've ever done. Favorite hour I've ever done. Look at you. You'll see the full story on "20/20" with these two. Elizabeth and me. Right here. We'll kick you two out. "The wolfpack" documentary is in theaters nationwide today, right. Yes. See you tonight at 10:00. See you tonight. I'll be there. Also on the "Heat index,"
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