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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
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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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6 October 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los niños del Brasil  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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The age of the 94 old men targeted for killing was sixty-five. See more »


As Dr. Josef Mengele and Wheelock are talking, and Wheelock hasn't yet put the dogs out of the room, Mengele sits on the couch and you can see the boom mic's shadow moving on the wall to the right. See more »


Dr. Josef Mengele: You are a clever boy. Are you not? You do not well at school, but it's because you are too clever. Too busy, thinking your own thoughts. But you are much smarter than your teachers, hah?
Bobby Wheelock: My teachers are nowhere.
Dr. Josef Mengele: You are going to be the world's greatest photographer, are you not? Have you ever felt superior to those around you? Like a prince among peasants?
Bobby Wheelock: I feel different from everyone sometimes.
Dr. Josef Mengele: You are infinite different. Infinite superior. You are born of the noblest blood in the world.
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References Notorious (1946) See more »


Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
Sung by Elaine Paige
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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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