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Writers:
Ira Levin (novel)
Heywood Gould (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 October 1978 (Netherlands) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
If they survive...will we?
Plot:
A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Better than you'd think See more (109 total) »

Cast

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Gregory Peck ... Dr. Josef Mengele

Laurence Olivier ... Ezra Lieberman

James Mason ... Eduard Seibert

Lilli Palmer ... Esther Lieberman

Uta Hagen ... Frieda Maloney

Steve Guttenberg ... Barry Kohler (as Steven Guttenberg)

Denholm Elliott ... Sidney Beynon

Rosemary Harris ... Mrs. Doring

John Dehner ... Henry Wheelock

John Rubinstein ... David Bennett

Anne Meara ... Mrs. Curry
Jeremy Black ... Jack Curry / Simon Harrington / Erich Doring / Bobby Wheelock

Bruno Ganz ... Professor Bruckner

Walter Gotell ... Mundt
David Hurst ... Strasser

Wolfgang Preiss ... Lofquist

Michael Gough ... Mr. Harrington
Joachim Hansen ... Fassler

Sky du Mont ... Hessen (as Guy Dumont)
Carl Duering ... Trausteiner
Linda Hayden ... Nancy

Richard Marner ... Doring
Georg Marischka ... Gunther
Günter Meisner ... Farnbach

Prunella Scales ... Mrs. Harrington
Raul Faustino Saldanha ... Ismael
Jürgen Andersen ... Kleist (as Jurgen Anderson)
Mervyn Nelson ... Stroop
David Brandon ... Schmidt
Monica Gearson ... Gertrud
Wolf Kahler ... Schwimmer
Gerti Gordon ... Berthe
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Directed by
Franklin J. Schaffner 
 
Writing credits
Ira Levin (novel)

Heywood Gould (screenplay)

Produced by
Robert Fryer .... executive producer
Stanley O'Toole .... producer
Martin Richards .... producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Henri Decaë (director of photography) (as Henri Decae)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Swink  (as Robert E. Swink)
 
Casting by
Alixe Gordin 
 
Production Design by
Gil Parrondo 
 
Art Direction by
Peter Lamont 
 
Set Decoration by
Vernon Dixon 
 
Costume Design by
Anthony Mendleson 
 
Makeup Department
Ronnie Cogan .... hair stylist
Patrick Grant .... hair stylist
Bill Lodge .... makeup artist
Christopher Tucker .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Ron Carr .... production supervisor
Dieter Meyer .... production manager: Austria
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Terence Churcher .... second assistant director (as Terry Churcher)
Paul Esposito .... assistant director: USA
Mike Jordan .... assistant director: USA
José López Rodero .... first assistant director (as Jose Lopez Rodero)
João Severino .... assistant director: Portugal
Marijan David Vajda .... second assistant director: Austria (as Marijan Vajda)
 
Art Department
Stephen Hendrickson .... art director: USA (as Steve Hendrickson)
Michael Murchan .... construction manager
Thomas Ricabona .... assistant art director: Austria
Richard Mccarthy .... plasterer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Derek Ball .... sound recordist
Bill Barringer .... sound assistant
Don J. Bassman .... supervising sound mixer (as Don Bassman)
William Hartman .... sound editor
Godfrey Marks .... dialogue editor
Ken Nightingall .... boom operator
Richard Overton .... sound re-recording mixer
Edward Rossi .... sound editor
Richard Sperber .... sound editor
Richard Weaver .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Roy Whybrow .... special effects
 
Stunts
Del Baker .... stunts
Dinny Powell .... stunts
Eddie Powell .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bert Cann .... still photographer
Jack Coggins .... gaffer
Colin Davidson .... assistant camera
James Devis .... camera operator (as Jimmy Devis)
Michael Ginsburg .... still photographer: USA
Ted H. Hauser .... assistant camera: USA (as Theodore Hauser)
Dewi Humphries .... assistant camera
Ed Irvins .... assistant camera: USA
Bob Puglisi .... camera operator: USA
 
Casting Department
Renate Arbes .... casting: Vienna
Maude Spector .... casting: London
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rebecca Breed .... wardrobe mistress
Richard Pointing .... wardrobe master
 
Editorial Department
Jenny Schaffner .... apprentice editor
Dennis Wooley .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Leonard A. Engel .... music editor (as Len Engel)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
 
Transportation Department
Gerhard Rupp .... transportation manager (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Arie Bohrer .... location manager: Austria
Derek Bromhall .... technical advisor (as Dr. Derek Bromhall)
Pamela Carlton .... continuity
Tony Cerbone .... location manager: USA
Hunt Downs .... publicist
Ann Ford .... assistant to producer
Lew Grade .... presenter (as Sir Lew Grade)
Peter Lancaster .... production accountant
Marcella Markham .... accent coach
Frederick Muller .... location manager: Portugal (as Frederico Muller)
Francis Nugent .... production assistant: USA
Tish Oulman .... production assistant: Portugal
Cecilia Peck .... publicity assistant
Fernando Pessa .... location liaison: Portugal
Fernando Pessa .... public relations: Portugal
Simone Pessa .... location liaison: Portugal
Simone Pessa .... public relations: Portugal
David Quintans .... production assistant: Portugal
Mary Richards .... assistant to producer
John Sargent .... production accountant
Ilse Schwarzwald .... production secretary: Austria
Jean Walter .... production secretary
Scott Wodehouse .... location manager
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Boys from the Brussel" - Philippines (English title)
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Runtime:
125 min | West Germany:100 min
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Certification:
Argentina:18 (original rating) | Argentina:13 (re-rating) | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia) (original rating) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (re-rating) (2002) | Finland:K-16 (1988) | Finland:K-18 (1979) | France:-16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:18 | Peru:14 | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (video rating) (1986) (2000) | USA:R | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
The character Ezra Liebermann was called Yakov Liebermann in the original book. The character was based on real-life Nazis hunter Simon Wiesenthal.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:You're not a guard now, madame! You are a prisoner! I may leave here today empty handed. But you... are not going anywhere.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
WE'RE HOME AGAINSee more »

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27 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Better than you'd think, 19 May 2000
Author: conspracy-2 from Denmark

Had I seen the film without reading the back of the video cassette, I would have enjoyed the film a lot more. But for some reason, a major plot point, revealed 1 1/2 hours into the film, is plainly written in black on orange. Since the movie moves in ever decreasing circles to reveal this secret quite efficiently, I don't see why the publicity department chose to sabotage it.

Nevertheless, the plot is more plausible than it sounds when you try to describe it (which, as I have just said, should be avoided anyway), and the leads play beautifully. Especially incredible is Laurence Olivier as the doddering, worldly-wise jewish Nazi hunter, Dr. Lieberman. You'd never expect the frail form in this movie to be the same man as Hamlet. Gregory Peck also plays Dr. Joseph Mengele as suitably and calmly evil. A lesser actor would find playing the part of a Nazi Death Doctor, responsible for some of the worst atrocities in human history, a perfect excuse to ham it up and click into the black-hatted, moustache-twisting token villain.

The less impressive acting of Steve Guttenberg overacting into a telephone and Jeremy Black with a really strange german accent as Erich Doring. This I can forgive. The ending is also comfortable and understated, with a moral instead of a huge explosion, as could have been expected in a 90's movie. Worth seeing, especially if you know nothing about the film.

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