MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 44 this week

The Boys from Brazil (1978)

R  |   |  Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  12 October 1978 (Netherlands)
7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 18,882 users  
Reviews: 114 user | 66 critic

A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich.

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

$0.00 with Prime Instant Video

WATCH NOW

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 27 May 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 22 Jul 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 04 Jun 2013
 
list image
a list of 49 titles
created 21 Nov 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Boys from Brazil (1978)

The Boys from Brazil (1978) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Boys from Brazil.

User Polls

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

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Lionheart (1987)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A young knight sets out to join King Richard's crusaders. Along the way, he encounters The Black Prince who captures children and sells them as slaves to the Muslims. It is Robert Narra's ... See full summary »

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Stars: Eric Stoltz, Gabriel Byrne, Nicola Cowper
Marathon Man (1976)
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent.

Director: John Schlesinger
Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider
Welcome Home (1989)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Jake died in Vietnam; his family mourned him, then moved on. When he reappears, quite alive, the question is, what must he do and how will his family respond to him?

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Stars: Kris Kristofferson, JoBeth Williams, Sam Waterston
Sphinx (1981)
Adventure | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Egyptologist Erica Baron finds more than she bargained for during her long-planned trip to The Land of the Pharoahs - murder, theft, betrayal, love, and a mummy's curse!

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Stars: Lesley-Anne Down, Frank Langella, Maurice Ronet
Yes, Giorgio (1982)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  

A famous opera singer, Giorgio Fini, loses his voice during an American tour. He goes to a female throat specialist, Pamela Taylor, whom he falls in love with.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Stars: Luciano Pavarotti, Kathryn Harrold, Eddie Albert
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

In a complex piece of espionage the Russian secret service attempts to kidnap a high ranking officer in the CIA and replace him with a double of its own.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Stars: Yul Brynner, Britt Ekland, Clive Revill
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An isolated sculptor is visited by his three sons just before the start of WWII.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Stars: George C. Scott, David Hemmings, Gilbert Roland
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After reading the diary of an elderly Jewish man who committed suicide, freelance journalist Peter Miller begins to investigate the alleged sighting of a former SS-Captain who commanded a ... See full summary »

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Jon Voight, Maximilian Schell, Maria Schell
Documentary | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Spring 1634: Unidentified Indians kill John Stone, a scurrilous Englishman and pirate. The English blame the Pequots and for two years Colonial-Pequot tensions remain high. 1636: Block ... See full summary »

Directors: Charles Clemmons, Guy Perrotta
Stars: Roy Scheider, Gregory Zaragoza, Jeremy Black
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

From the beginning of the film: "This is the story of a new twist on the oldest profession. The film follows a group of Brazilian prostitutes over two years as they work not only the ... See full summary »

Director: John-Paul Davidson
Drama | Thriller

Based on the Ira Levin novel, the original film fit the mode of 1970s paranoid thrillers, with Laurence Olivier uncovering a diabolical plot by Nazis in South America to revive the Third ... See full summary »

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Stars: Henry Fonda, Lucille Ball, Mort Sahl
Edit

Cast

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
...
Mundt
David Hurst ...
Strasser
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

If they survive...will we?

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

12 October 1978 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Los niños del Brasil  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the final film for which Laurence Olivier (Ezra Lieberman) received an Academy Award nomination. See more »

Goofs

When David Bennett shows Lieberman the photographs of three Nazi agents, he mistakenly identifies Schwimmer as Kleist and Kleist as Schwimmer. See more »

Quotes

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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Law & Order: Talking Points (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

The Blue Danube
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauß
Arranged by Arthur Morton
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An Occult, Bronze-Age Comic Book of a Movie
21 July 2010 | by (Cincinnati, OH, United States) – See all my reviews

Oddly what stood out to me the most watching The Boys From Brazil, an extremely well cast thriller, was its tiring overload of mostly unnecessary orchestral score. And don't get me wrong; I wish Jerry Goldsmith were still alive composing scores like those for Alien, L.A. Confidential and Seconds. I think it's Franklin J. Schaffner, the director, who should've known where the absence of music increases the drama, instead of always going for the more-is-more approach. But it's a small (though indignant and annoyed) gripe, having little to do with the movie's substance. Let's talk about that then: What makes The Boys From Brazil scream implausibility is the same feature that makes it so engaging, and that is how it isn't a war thriller, a spy thriller or a political thriller, or any certain kind of thriller, instead taking a slice from each kind of thriller. It's about a war, but it takes place over thirty years after that war. Its characters engage in conspiracies and espionage, but none are actual government spies. It is also technically a sci-fi film. The thing is, explaining how would diffuse the freshness of the plot's surprises, but the point is it's a narrative that, whatever else you can say about it, is not the least bit boring.

Indeed the plot brushes comic book superhero proportions, but the diabolical master plan conceived by Gregory Peck's grimacing, straight-backed Nazi death camp doctor Mengele is a refreshment of that sort: In stories of bombastic color and adventure, especially those of godlike stock characters and dictatorial genius antagonists, there are often caveats that make them silly or forgettable rather than engrossing in their suspension of disbelief. Take the Superman saga's evil mastermind, for instance. Lex Luthor plans to make a fortune in real estate by cheaply buying large amounts of desert land and then diverting one of two nuclear rockets from a missile testing site to California's tectonic boundary, causing earthquake and radioactivity to wipe out most of California and leave Luthor's desert as the new West Coast. Yeah, I'm sure everyone's gonna clamor to be neighbors with the radioactive site of a 500-megaton nuclear strike and the biggest earthquake disaster in world history. I feel as though Luthor is part of a long assembly line of completely moronic, half-baked supervillains that are only brilliant masterminds because we're told they are. Dr. Josef Mengele is the supervillain I've always wanted to see our favorite caped crusaders fight.

Alas, the movie doesn't go that far out, but it does one better. On Mengele's trail is an old Nazi Hunter played by Laurence Olivier as a man who's almost all wit and seemingly no muscle. The way he walks, squints, appears, I feel like buying him a cane. This is good; it builds tension. He keeps getting pesky calls from well-intentioned young Steve Guttenberg claiming a secret sect of Third Reich war criminals are holding clandestine meetings in Paraguay. Olivier is doubtful, but Guttenberg is dispatched and Olivier traces the White Supremacists through Europe and North America, finding a thread of fishy deaths of several public officials. He interviews their widows, and is stricken by an extraordinary similarity in their adopted, black-haired, blue-eyed sons. I'll stop there.

The situations led to and the performances of Peck, Olivier, Uta Hagen as one of the widowed mothers and Mason as Peck's coldly sensible right hand are intriguing, because they are not what one would expect from a big-budget, star-studded sci-fi thriller by the director Papillon and Planet of the Apes. A shocking, strange climax is reached in a farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania. There is the jingoistic and repetitive bearing and social graces of the mad Dr. Mengele character. And there is the grave, chilling moral question of what to do with the "boys from Brazil." I've stumbled upon some information on the real Josef Mengele, of whom I wasn't aware before. To read of his concentration camp exploits is to confront some of the very most excruciating and hair-raising images the Holocaust produced. There are two things that can be done with that material, and The Boys From Brazil is one of them. Yes, it turns one of the most depraved monsters about whom I've ever read into an entertaining comic-book mad scientist. But not only does Peck chew the scenery just the right amount, but he also creates a behavior that could well infer a work history of taking children's eyeballs and attaching them to the back of other children's heads, changing eye color by injecting chemicals into children's eyes, various limb amputations and other nightmarish doings.


4 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What's with the puppet? sgilberg-985-557688
Red swastika on SS Soldier's jock apparently too shocking for us to see! mikeadams110
Candidates for most ridiculous fight scene in screen history??? miriamwebster
tooth necklace/bracelet? brentjordan
The most pointless IMDb Trivia entry I've ever seen mevmijaumau
Gregory Peck santol321
Discuss The Boys from Brazil (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?