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The Boys from Brazil (1978)

R  |   |  Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  12 October 1978 (Netherlands)
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A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich.

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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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Los niños del Brasil  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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This was the final film for which Laurence Olivier (Ezra Lieberman) received an Academy Award nomination. See more »

Goofs

The train seen in the film's first shot is suddenly moving about 1/3 faster in the close-up that comes immediately after it. See more »

Quotes

Ezra Lieberman: Did you kill Wheelock?
Dr. Josef Mengele: [sarcastically] No, he's in the kitchen mixing us some cocktails!
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References Notorious (1946) See more »

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WE'RE HOME AGAIN
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
Sung by Elaine Paige
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Excellent film translation of Ira Levin's novel.
22 June 2001 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

I had read "The Boys From Brazil" years before I ever saw the movie. When I did see the film, I was amazed how closely it actually tracked the brilliantly-written novel.

This is an excellent thriller. The Nazi's plot is unraveled slowly, first filling you with confusion, then disbelief, and finally, astonishment & terror. As far-fetched as the Nazi's scheme sounds at first, it really is close enough to medical reality for a taste of true horror.

Gregory Peck is disturbingly realistic as the Nazi doctor Mengele, who masterminds the entire fiendish plot. His character in the film is so real and sinister as to be completely believable. In fact, the entire cast does such a great job that the movie's plot strikes even closer to home.

If you like well-written, well acted suspense/thrillers, this is one of the very best. I highly recommend it.


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