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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 1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Barry Kohler (as Steven Guttenberg)
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Henry Wheelock
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Mrs. Curry
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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?

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$19,000,000
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The two lead actors in this film, Laurence Olivier and Gregory Peck, both have played the famous American General Douglas MacArthur in two separate films: Peck in MacArthur (1977) and Olivier in Inchon (1981). See more »

Goofs

When Lieberman is shot by Mengele, the squibs are visible. On his jacket a yellow wire pops up, and on his wrist black shredded tape is visible. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Ezra Lieberman: You know, there was a nurse here, an angel of mercy called Miss Hannah, who actually gives me cigarettes. You know what she said to me the other day? She said, Mr. Lieberman, if you can escape Buchenwald, and you can escape those bullets, then a few cigarettes will not hurt you.
[suddenly lights the list on fire]
Ezra Lieberman: Isn't that a nice thing to say?
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Connections

Referenced in Tower Heist (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Blue Danube
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Arthur Morton
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Excellent film translation of Ira Levin's novel.
22 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

I had read "The Boys From Brazil" years before I ever saw the movie. When I did see the film, I was amazed how closely it actually tracked the brilliantly-written novel.

This is an excellent thriller. The Nazi's plot is unraveled slowly, first filling you with confusion, then disbelief, and finally, astonishment & terror. As far-fetched as the Nazi's scheme sounds at first, it really is close enough to medical reality for a taste of true horror.

Gregory Peck is disturbingly realistic as the Nazi doctor Mengele, who masterminds the entire fiendish plot. His character in the film is so real and sinister as to be completely believable. In fact, the entire cast does such a great job that the movie's plot strikes even closer to home.

If you like well-written, well acted suspense/thrillers, this is one of the very best. I highly recommend it.


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