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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.

Writers:

Ira Levin (novel), Heywood Gould (screenplay)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

If they survive...will we?

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los niños del Brasil See more »

Filming Locations:

Kölnbrein Dam, Austria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$19,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie was filmed in four countries: Austria, Britain, the U.S., and Portugal, with the latter doubling for Paraguay. See more »

Goofs

Barry Kohler (the character played by Steve Guttenberg) suffers from wardrobe discontinuity errors all through the opening scenes (which all seem to take place on the same day, as he follows the bad guys from the outdoor cafe to various spots including the airport with his camera). He is at first wearing a blue-yellow plaid shirt with a white t-shirt underneath, then later wearing a shirt with no t-shirt underneath, and still later the white t-shirt by itself, with the outer shirt gone. Also, when he is wearing an outer shirt, the color changes, first to what looks like a blue denim, and later to a red-blue plaid. See more »

Quotes

Eduard Seibert: [after discovery of Mengele's plan by Lieberman] The operation has been terminated.
Dr. Josef Mengele: Terminated... by whose authority?
Eduard Seibert: General Rausch... and the Colonel's.
Dr. Josef Mengele: [enraged] I told you... I told you from the beginning! Kill him! Kill him! It would have been so easy!
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Alternate Versions

A somewhat shorter version has been (still is?) available on video in the UK, Sweden and Denmark where all scenes related to a necklace found by Mengele in his old South American hospital have been removed. This meant that the film ended with Liebermann in the hospital bed burning the list of the boys remaining to be found. Perhaps a somewhat more optimistic ending than the original showing Bobby Wheelock in possesion of the necklace and developing pictures of the wounded Mengele and Lieberman. See more »


Soundtracks

The Blue Danube
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Arthur Morton
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Watch it just to see Peck and Olivier together
12 May 2013 | by paulsrobinsonSee all my reviews

The less you know about The Boys From Brazil the better, A quite well known story based upon a Ira Levin novel. Is a good thriller, which allows two of the greatest actors there has ever been a chance to ham it up a bit.

The plot involves Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman (Laurence Olivier) trying to unravel a devious plot by Dr Josef Mangele (Gregory Peck). Directed by Franklin J Schaffner of Planter of the Apes fame. Provides us with a nice slow burning build up in setting the story, and keeping me enthralled with it really quite ludicrous but entertaining story line. It has a great score adding dread to certain moments and heightening the tension. The film at times almost slips in to horror with it's certain plot elements, and also containing a horrific confrontation between the two leads at the end.

It is not perfect by any means though, as some accents are all over the place and can become a little distracting, and some may find the films idea to unbelievable to take seriously, which i can't say i had a problem with.

A good film, with two acting powerhouses, worth a watch just for them. But a smart thriller i highly recommend.


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