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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »



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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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If they survive...will we?


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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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Laurence Olivier patterned his performance on Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. See more »


When Dr. Mengele attacks Munt at the Ball they both are rolling and fighting on a table full of food and pastries. Minutes later as Mengele attends Munt's wounds his clothes are impeccable. See more »


Eduard Seibert: Your operation has been cancelled.
Dr. Josef Mengele: No, *your* operation has been cancelled! Mine continues.
[raising his hand]
Dr. Josef Mengele: Heil Hitler.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Blame It on Lisa (2002) See more »


The Blue Danube
Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Arthur Morton
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Watch it just to see Peck and Olivier together
12 May 2013 | by (West Yorkshire) – See all my reviews

The less you know about The Boys From Brazil the better, A quite well known story based upon a Ira Levin novel. Is a good thriller, which allows two of the greatest actors there has ever been a chance to ham it up a bit.

The plot involves Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman (Laurence Olivier) trying to unravel a devious plot by Dr Josef Mangele (Gregory Peck). Directed by Franklin J Schaffner of Planter of the Apes fame. Provides us with a nice slow burning build up in setting the story, and keeping me enthralled with it really quite ludicrous but entertaining story line. It has a great score adding dread to certain moments and heightening the tension. The film at times almost slips in to horror with it's certain plot elements, and also containing a horrific confrontation between the two leads at the end.

It is not perfect by any means though, as some accents are all over the place and can become a little distracting, and some may find the films idea to unbelievable to take seriously, which i can't say i had a problem with.

A good film, with two acting powerhouses, worth a watch just for them. But a smart thriller i highly recommend.

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