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The Boys from Brazil (1978)

R  |   |  Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  6 October 1978 (USA)
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A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Esther Lieberman
Frieda Maloney
Barry Kohler (as Steven Guttenberg)
Sidney Beynon
Mrs. Doring
David Bennett
Mrs. Curry
Jeremy Black ...
Professor Bruckner
David Hurst ...


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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6 October 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los niños del Brasil  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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Publicity for this picture stated that this movie was the first villainous role of Gregory Peck's career. Peck felt that his portrayal of Nazi war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele was the only completely unsympathetic role he ever performed. However, Peck's characters in Moby Dick (1956) and The Bravados (1958) have often been described as villains. See more »


In the first shot on the bridge in Gladbeck, Germany, all the trains in the background have the Austrian logo at the front See more »


Mundt: It isn't Lundberg.
[throws Hessen over the rail]
Mundt: [watching him fall] And it doesn't have to be Saturday.
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Referenced in Absolute Treasure (2014) See more »


Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
Sung by Elaine Paige
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Better than you'd think
19 May 2000 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

Had I seen the film without reading the back of the video cassette, I would have enjoyed the film a lot more. But for some reason, a major plot point, revealed 1 1/2 hours into the film, is plainly written in black on orange. Since the movie moves in ever decreasing circles to reveal this secret quite efficiently, I don't see why the publicity department chose to sabotage it.

Nevertheless, the plot is more plausible than it sounds when you try to describe it (which, as I have just said, should be avoided anyway), and the leads play beautifully. Especially incredible is Laurence Olivier as the doddering, worldly-wise jewish Nazi hunter, Dr. Lieberman. You'd never expect the frail form in this movie to be the same man as Hamlet. Gregory Peck also plays Dr. Joseph Mengele as suitably and calmly evil. A lesser actor would find playing the part of a Nazi Death Doctor, responsible for some of the worst atrocities in human history, a perfect excuse to ham it up and click into the black-hatted, moustache-twisting token villain.

The less impressive acting of Steve Guttenberg overacting into a telephone and Jeremy Black with a really strange german accent as Erich Doring. This I can forgive. The ending is also comfortable and understated, with a moral instead of a huge explosion, as could have been expected in a 90's movie. Worth seeing, especially if you know nothing about the film.

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