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The Boys from Brazil (1978)

A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich.

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Ira Levin (novel), Heywood Gould (screenplay)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gregory Peck ... Dr. Josef Mengele
Laurence Olivier ... Ezra Lieberman
James Mason ... Eduard Seibert
Lilli Palmer ... Esther Lieberman
Uta Hagen ... Frieda Maloney
Steve Guttenberg ... Barry Kohler (as Steven Guttenberg)
Denholm Elliott ... Sidney Beynon
Rosemary Harris ... Mrs. Doring
John Dehner ... Henry Wheelock
John Rubinstein ... David Bennett
Anne Meara ... Mrs. Curry
Jeremy Black ... Jack Curry / Simon Harrington / Erich Doring / Bobby Wheelock
Bruno Ganz ... Professor Bruckner
Walter Gotell ... Mundt
David Hurst ... Strasser
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Storyline

Barry Kohler, a young Nazi hunter, tracks down a group of former SS officers meeting in Paraguay in the late 1970s. The Nazis, led by Dr Mengele, are planning something. Old Nazi hunter, Ezra Lieberman, is at first uninterested in Kohler's findings. But when he is told something of their plan, he is eager to find out more. Lieberman visits several homes in Europe and the U.S. in order to uncover the Nazi plot. It is at one of these houses he notices something strange, which turns out to be a horrible discovery. Written by Rob Hartill

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If they survive...will we?

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los niños del Brasil See more »

Filming Locations:

Kölnbrein Dam, Austria See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Dr. Josef Mengele and two others get out of the Mercedes at the ball, all three doors close exactly in sync with the orchestra music. See more »

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As Dr. Josef Mengele and Wheelock are talking, and Wheelock hasn't yet put the dogs out of the room, Mengele sits on the couch and you can see the boom mic's shadow moving on the wall to the right. See more »

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[Ezra explains why he is searching for Josef Mengele]
Ezra Lieberman: He was the chief doctor of Auschwitz, who killed 2.5 million people, experimented with children - Jewish and non-Jewish - using twins mostly, injecting blue dyes into their eyes to make them acceptable Aryans... amputating limbs and organs from thousands without anesthetics.
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NBC cut 27 minutes from this film for its 1980 network television premiere. See more »

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Intriguing If Implausible
24 August 2002 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

A very well done (if quite implausible) fictional account about a post World War II Nazi plot based in Paraguay and led by Josef Mengele that could lead to the establishment of the Fourth Reich.

Gregory Peck was well cast as the evil Mengele. Having seen him primarily in "good guy" roles, I was impressed by how well he pulled off this role as one of the more sinister characters of the 20th century. Laurence Olivier also put on a good performance as the Nazi hunter Lieberman.

The basics of the story (I won't give it away) are implausible, but strike me as the sort of thing Nazi scientists might have wanted to do if the knowledge had been around in the 1940's. Some parts are predictable (I figured out who - or what - the "boys" were soon after they appeared) but I must confess that I wasn't able to figure out the reason behind the killing of the 65 year old civil servants who were married to younger women until it was revealed. And the ending of the movie was appropriately spine-chilling. What will this boy (indeed, these boys) grow up to be, anyway?

Well done, indeed. 8/10


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