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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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(novel), (screenplay)

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Esther Lieberman
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Frieda Maloney
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Barry Kohler (as Steven Guttenberg)
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Sidney Beynon
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Mrs. Doring
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David Bennett
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Mrs. Curry
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Professor Bruckner
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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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Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

6 October 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los niños del Brasil  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The nickname of Gregory Peck's character Dr. Joseph Mengele was "The Angel of Death". See more »

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The theory of replicating a clones upbringing and environment, in reality, could never come to fruition because all the circumstances and events could never be replicated. For instance, replicating the death of the cloned Hitler at age 65 is possible, but the other events that contributed to Hitler's psyche, such as his experience in WW I, to include him leaving his native country, in his case Austria, to join another countries army, Germany, to fighting in the trenches, suffering from mustard gas attack, to being discharged from a defeated nations army and into a depression where a wheel barrel full of money would buy a loaf of bread, to ultimately facing the threat of communism within his own country, to forming political resistance against it, to being imprisoned for his failed attempt at it, etc... could all never be duplicated in order to shape the cloned Hitler into the mindset of the original one. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Josef Mengele: Do you know what I saw on the television in my motel room at one o'clock this morning? Films of Hitler! They are showing films about the war! The movement! People are fascinated! The time is ripe! Adolf Hitler is alive!
[Takes photo album and places it on his lap]
Dr. Josef Mengele: This album is full of pictures of him. Bobby Wheelock and ninety-three other boys are exact genetic duplicates of him, bred entirely from his cells. He allowed me to take half a liter of his blood and a cutting of skin from his ribs.
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Featured in Casino (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

The Blue Danube
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Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Arthur Morton
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Excellent film translation of Ira Levin's novel.
22 June 2001 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

I had read "The Boys From Brazil" years before I ever saw the movie. When I did see the film, I was amazed how closely it actually tracked the brilliantly-written novel.

This is an excellent thriller. The Nazi's plot is unraveled slowly, first filling you with confusion, then disbelief, and finally, astonishment & terror. As far-fetched as the Nazi's scheme sounds at first, it really is close enough to medical reality for a taste of true horror.

Gregory Peck is disturbingly realistic as the Nazi doctor Mengele, who masterminds the entire fiendish plot. His character in the film is so real and sinister as to be completely believable. In fact, the entire cast does such a great job that the movie's plot strikes even closer to home.

If you like well-written, well acted suspense/thrillers, this is one of the very best. I highly recommend it.


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