A Nazi hunter in Paraguay discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich.

Writers:

Ira Levin (novel), Heywood Gould (screenplay)
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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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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If they survive...will we?


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Trivia

Laurence Olivier was in poor health during filming, having recently undergone surgery to remove kidney stones. See more »

Goofs

When David Bennett shows Lieberman the photographs of three Nazi agents, he mistakenly identifies Schwimmer as Kleist and Kleist as Schwimmer. See more »

Quotes

Lofquist: Good God man, you are an officer of the SS! Have you forgotten? 'My honor is loyalty.' Those words were supposed to be engraved on your soul.
Mundt: It isn't Lundberg...
[throws Lofquist off the dam, watches him fall to his death]
Mundt: ... and it doesn't have to be Saturday.
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox logo is in black and white and does not have the fanfare playing over it. See more »

Alternate Versions

West German theatrical release as well as all subsequent German TV broadcasts and video/DVD editions were cut by 20 minutes for content. Only in 2007 the complete version was released on DVD. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Archer: Archer Vice: Palace Intrigue - Part I (2014) See more »

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The Blue Danube
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Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Arthur Morton
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A masterful performance from Gregory Peck
1 February 2003 | by perfectbondSee 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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Release Date:

6 October 1978 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Kölnbrein Dam, Austria See more »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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