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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 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Kohler (as Steven Guttenberg)
Henry Wheelock
Mrs. Curry


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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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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Anton Diffring was offered a role. See more »


When the geneticist is talking to Lieberman, he tells him that twins raised separately have exactly opposite personalities when, in fact, they have been shown to have quite similar personalities. See more »


Dr. Josef Mengele: He betrayed me, he betrayed you, he betrayed the Aryan race!
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Referenced in High Chaparall: Gary Busey (2004) See more »


Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Lyrics by Hal Shaper
Sung by Elaine Paige
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A masterful performance from Gregory Peck
1 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

In The Boys From Brazil, Gregory Peck gives a truly mesmerizing performance as the infamous Nazi scientist Josef Mengele. He is wicked and cruel and yet sympathetic and charismatic. I sometimes use the scene select option on the DVD just to rewatch some of his scenes. While Olivier is a great actor I just think he is totally overshadowed by Peck in this role. Olivier's character is allegedly based on the ruthless Nazi hunter Simon Wisenthal. But the way Olivier was asked to portray Lieberman, it makes him look bumbling and weak. Maybe the filmmakers are just sticking to the source material, Ira Levin's book, which I admittedly haven't read. Mention should also be made of James Mason who plays the Nazi colonel who at first supports Mengele but then abandons him after Neo-Nazi command pulls the plug on the good doctor's project. In summary, this film is a pure treat for Gregory Peck fans, 8/10.

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