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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.


(novel), (screenplay)

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Josef Mengele
... Ezra Lieberman
... Eduard Seibert
... Esther Lieberman
... Frieda Maloney
... Barry Kohler (as Steven Guttenberg)
... Sidney Beynon
... Mrs. Doring
... Henry Wheelock
... David Bennett
... Mrs. Curry
... Jack Curry / Simon Harrington / Erich Doring / Bobby Wheelock
... Professor Bruckner
... Mundt
... Strasser


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?


Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

6 October 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los niños del Brasil  »

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gregory Peck and The Big Country (1958) co-star Charlton Heston played the infamous Nazi war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele. Peck played him in this movie, and Heston played him in My Father, Rua Alguem 5555 (2003). See more »


When Ezra and Esther Lieberman are riding on the tram, Esther is reading a book, but she is holding the book upside down See more »


David Bennett: We have the right and we have the duty.
Ezra Lieberman: To do what? To kill children?
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Referenced in Archer: Placebo Effect (2011) See more »


The Blue Danube
Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Arthur Morton
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Has Ham Suddenly Become Kosher ?
1 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

I didn't thunk much of this movie and much of the blame should be centered on Ira Levin's source novel . Someone rightly points out that personality is possibly more to do with environment that genetics , so how come nobody realises that Nazi Germany wasn't all down to Hitler ? I'm thinking of millions of Germans who fought and lost a world war from 1914 to 1918 and tens of millions of Germans being affected by the terms of the Versaille treaty . Hitler himself fought in the war and was lying in hospital when the war ended and all these factors had far more importance in the creation of Nazi Germany than Hitler's father being a civil servant . In other words Levin's plot is totally ludicrous to say the least .

Apart from the silly plot the main problem with the film version of BOYS FROM BRAZIL is the acting and it's quite ironic that with a story centered around Jews that there's so much ham on display . Really the acting is really awful , so bad that you can't help laughing at the performances . Laurence Olivier gives possibly the worst performance of his career while Gregory Peck seems to be giving an impersonation of Basil Fawlty , oh gawd even James Mason is bad and that's not something I can say lightly

Yeah this is an entertaining movie but if you're making a thriller it's vital that you thrill the audience and not have them rolling in the aisles with something that feels like it's a sequel to THE PRODUCERS . How amusing is it Theo ? It's so amusing that I burst out laughing when someone made the very predictable cry of " Help get a doctor " - " I am a doctor you idiot "

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