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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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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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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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6 October 1978 (USA)  »

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Los niños del Brasil  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The character Ezra Liebermann was called Yakov Liebermann in the original book. Laurence Olivier patterned his performance on Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. See more »

Goofs

The theory of replicating a clones upbringing and environment, in reality, could never come to fruition because all the circumstances and events could never be replicated. For instance, replicating the death of the cloned Hitler at age 65 is possible, but the other events that contributed to Hitler's psyche, such as his experience in WW I, to include him leaving his native country, in his case Austria, to join another countries army, Germany, to fighting in the trenches, suffering from mustard gas attack, to being discharged from a defeated nations army and into a depression where a wheel barrel full of money would buy a loaf of bread, to ultimately facing the threat of communism within his own country, to forming political resistance against it, to being imprisoned for his failed attempt at it, etc... could all never be duplicated in order to shape the cloned Hitler into the mindset of the original one. See more »

Quotes

Ezra Lieberman: You're not a guard now, madame! You are a prisoner! I may leave here today empty handed. But you... are not going anywhere.
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Connections

Referenced in The Venture Bros.: ¡Viva los muertos! (2006) See more »

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The Blue Danube
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Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Arthur Morton
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Engaging mystery with impressive performances
5 April 2000 | by (Lexington, KY) – See all my reviews

Young Nazi-hunter Barry Kohler (Steve Guttenberg) is tracking war criminals in Paraguay when he discovers that the old Nazis seem to be plotting something big. Kohler's fears are confirmed when the Nazis' guest of honor arrives: the infamous concentration camp scientist Josef Mengele (Gregory Peck). Mengele order his followers to carry out the murders of over 90 men, all of whom are 65-year-old civil servants, none of whom are Jews.

Kohler phones his idol, Ezra Lieberman (Laurence Olivier), with a report of what he's uncovered. Lieberman has fallen on hard times and lives in a leaky apartment where he cannot pay the rent. He's spent his life following every lead about Nazi war criminals and is tired of the chase. However, when Kohler's call (and his life) are abruptly cut short, Lieberman knows he must act.

He begins to investigate the bizarre plot. Why should Mengele want to kill these men who seem entirely unconnected to each other or the war? Why 65-year-olds? Why civil servants? Sadly many of the blurbs about this movie give away the solution to this mystery and the meaning of the title, but the mystery is much more engaging if the viewer unravels it along with Lieberman.

Olivier is fantastic in his role! He always put as much effort into his roles in genre films like this one, "Marathon Man," and "Dracula" as he devoted to Shakespeare, and it shows. He is thoroughly convincing as an elderly German Jew. Gregory Peck is also magnificent; he radiates pure evil. The top-notch supporting cast includes James Mason and Denholm Elliott. (So what's Steve Guttenberg doing in this movie?)


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