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Heywood Gould (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 October 1978 (USA) See more »
If they survive...will we?
A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 7 nominations See more »
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Intriguing If Implausible See more (120 total) »


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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
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
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
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
"Boys from the Brussel" - Philippines (English title)
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125 min | West Germany:100 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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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Anton Diffring was offered a role.See more »
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 »
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:
The Blue DanubeSee more »


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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Intriguing If Implausible, 24 August 2002
Author: sddavis63 ( from Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

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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