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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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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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Mundt
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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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Drama | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 October 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los niños del Brasil  »

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

Laurence Olivier received an Oscar nomination [for Best Actor] for his role in this film, playing a Jewish man who hunts Josef Mengele and other Nazi war criminals. His most recent Oscar nomination [for Best Supporting Actor] prior to this was for the film Marathon Man (1976), in which he played Dr. Christian Szell, a Nazi war criminal based on Josef Mengele. (For this film, Olivier received his 10th and final Academy Award nomination, making him the most nominated male actor ever. His record was later topped by Jack Nicholson, with 12 nominations.) See more »

Goofs

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

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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Connections

Remade as The Boys from Brazil See more »

Soundtracks

The Blue Danube
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Arthur Morton
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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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