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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 »
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Engaging mystery with impressive performances See more (113 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Oliveira ... German Newspaper Boy (uncredited)

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
Dave Everall .... rigger (uncredited)
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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1.85 : 1 See more »
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Gregory Peck replaced George C. Scott. Scott was cast as Mengele but pulled out before principal photography began.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: In the first shot on the bridge in Gladbeck, Germany, all the trains in the background have the Austrian logo at the frontSee more »
Quotes:
Professor Bruckner:Cloning. What if I were to tell you that I could take a scraping of skin from your finger and create another Ezra Lieberman?
Ezra Lieberman:I would tell you not to waste your time on my finger.
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Soundtrack:
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24 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Engaging mystery with impressive performances, 5 April 2000
Author: Christian Lee Pyle (CLPyle) from Lexington, KY

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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