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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.

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(novel), (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:
... 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
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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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If they survive...will we?

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Drama | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 October 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los niños del Brasil  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$19,000,000
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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

The aircraft registration number on the seaplane has come undone, but is back on just fine seconds later. See more »

Quotes

David Bennett: We have the right and we have the duty.
Ezra Lieberman: To do what? To kill children?
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Connections

Remade as The Boys from Brazil See more »

Soundtracks

The Blue Danube
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Arthur Morton
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A masterful performance from Gregory Peck
1 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

In The Boys From Brazil, Gregory Peck gives a truly mesmerizing performance as the infamous Nazi scientist Josef Mengele. He is wicked and cruel and yet sympathetic and charismatic. I sometimes use the scene select option on the DVD just to rewatch some of his scenes. While Olivier is a great actor I just think he is totally overshadowed by Peck in this role. Olivier's character is allegedly based on the ruthless Nazi hunter Simon Wisenthal. But the way Olivier was asked to portray Lieberman, it makes him look bumbling and weak. Maybe the filmmakers are just sticking to the source material, Ira Levin's book, which I admittedly haven't read. Mention should also be made of James Mason who plays the Nazi colonel who at first supports Mengele but then abandons him after Neo-Nazi command pulls the plug on the good doctor's project. In summary, this film is a pure treat for Gregory Peck fans, 8/10.


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