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The Boys from Brazil (1978)

R  |   |  Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  12 October 1978 (Netherlands)
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A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich.

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Esther Lieberman
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Barry Kohler (as Steven Guttenberg)
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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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Los niños del Brasil  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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When the film was made, the real Josef Mengele was still alive in São Paulo, Brazil. He died on February 7, 1979 at the age of 67, only four months after the film was released. See more »

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When Ezra and Esther Lieberman are riding on the tram, Esther is reading a book, but she is holding the book upside down See more »

Quotes

Sidney Beynon: Have you any idea how many men in their mid-60s die every day?
Ezra Lieberman: I try not to think about it.
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WE'RE HOME AGAIN
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
Sung by Elaine Paige
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Overlooked
20 February 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is such a classic piece of mystery drama, it's inconceivable that it's not better known. A late seventies film starring the cream of cinema from 20 years earlier, this follows a Nazi plot (in the present day) and the efforts of a Nazi hunter to put the pieces together. The elements include a number of apparently unrelated children, a decades-old plot, a series of murders, Josef Mengele, and a short appearance by one `Steven' Guttenberg, in an early film role. When you finally realise what has been going on, it ups the stakes dramatically. Well worth seeking out.


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