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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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Barry Kohler (as Steven Guttenberg)
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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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Trivia

Playing a Nazi in this 20th Century Fox film was James Mason who had been well-known for portraying General Rommel in Fox's earlier The Desert Rats (1953) and The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951). See more »

Goofs

Bobby Wheeler takes several photographs indoors without using a flashbulb. With a 1970s camera, none of these pictures would come out. 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.
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Connections

Referenced in Tower Heist (2011) 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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Intriguing If Implausible
24 August 2002 | by (Durham Region, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

A very well done (if quite implausible) fictional account about a post World War II Nazi plot based in Paraguay and led by Josef Mengele that could lead to the establishment of the Fourth Reich.

Gregory Peck was well cast as the evil Mengele. Having seen him primarily in "good guy" roles, I was impressed by how well he pulled off this role as one of the more sinister characters of the 20th century. Laurence Olivier also put on a good performance as the Nazi hunter Lieberman.

The basics of the story (I won't give it away) are implausible, but strike me as the sort of thing Nazi scientists might have wanted to do if the knowledge had been around in the 1940's. Some parts are predictable (I figured out who - or what - the "boys" were soon after they appeared) but I must confess that I wasn't able to figure out the reason behind the killing of the 65 year old civil servants who were married to younger women until it was revealed. And the ending of the movie was appropriately spine-chilling. What will this boy (indeed, these boys) grow up to be, anyway?

Well done, indeed. 8/10


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