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The Boys from Brazil

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This film of Ira Levin's novel The Boys from Brazil wastes no time in establishing the fact that several seemingly unrelated men have been mysteriously murdered. Elderly Jewish Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman Laurence Olivier, brought into the case when the clues seem to point to a neo-fascist plot, traces the trail of evidence to Paraguay. Here he finds an unregenerate Auschwitz doctor, patterned on Joseph Mengele and played by -- of all people -- Gregory Peck. Lieberman discovers that the murdered men had all ...
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Overview

This film of Ira Levin's novel The Boys from Brazil wastes no time in establishing the fact that several seemingly unrelated men have been mysteriously murdered. Elderly Jewish Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman Laurence Olivier, brought into the case when the clues seem to point to a neo-fascist plot, traces the trail of evidence to Paraguay. Here he finds an unregenerate Auschwitz doctor, patterned on Joseph Mengele and played by -- of all people -- Gregory Peck. Lieberman discovers that the murdered men had all fathered sons who were identical -- the results of a cloning experiment, designed to create a race of incipient Hitlers.
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Editorial Reviews

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The Boys from Brazil is a solid, tense, and thoroughly respectable thriller. The cast is excellent all around, with distinguished leads Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier turning in performances that live up to their reputations. The time-honored structure of the arch-nemesis duel works well here, and, perhaps due to the age of the principals, the movie focuses on suspense and mystery rather than merely action. Boys was directed by the late, great Franklin J. Schaffner, whose mere 13 features included several milestones of American cinema, including Planet of the Apes, Patton, and Papillon. Though The Boys From Brazil is not quite up to the level of those classics, it certainly succeeds in keeping the viewer's attention. Based on Ira Levin's novel, the story is intriguing and unique, to say the least. Its theme of cloning has more resonance with every passing day than it ever did at the time of the film's release, and may lend a permanent sense of topicality to the film. Moreover, the film's ultimate message -- human beings are more than just "nature or nurture" -- is a pleasantly humanist one, affirming the need for free will as we head into an increasingly uncertain future. Olivier, editor Robert Swink, and composer Jerry Goldsmith all earned Oscar nominations for their work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/6/2015
  • UPC: 826663155259
  • Original Release: 1978
  • Rating:

  • Source: Timeless Media
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 6,944

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck Dr. Josef Mengele
Laurence Olivier Ezra Lieberman
James Mason Eduard Seibert
Lilli Palmer Esther Lieber-man
Uta Hagen Frieda Maloney
Steve Guttenberg Barry Kohler
Denholm Elliott Sidney Beynon
Rosemary Harris Herta Doring
John Dehner Henry Wheelock
John Rubinstein David Bennett
Anne Meara Mrs. Curry
Jeremy Black Bobby Wheeloc, Erich Doring, Jack Curry, Simon Harrington
David Hurst Strasser
Bruno Ganz Prof. Bruckner
Michael Gough Mr. Harrington
Jurgen Andersen Kleist
Günter Meisner Franbach
Walter Gotell Mundt
Wolfgang Preiss Lofquist
Joachim Hansen Fassler
Carl Duering Trausteiner
Linda Hayden Nancy
Richard Marner Doring
Georg Marischka Gunther
Prunella Scales Mrs. Harrington
Mervyn Nelson Stroop
David Brandon Schmidt
Wolf Kahler Schwimmer
Elaine Paige Singer
Technical Credits
Franklin J. Schaffner Director
Derek Ball Sound/Sound Designer
Henri Decaë Cinematographer
Robert Fryer Executive Producer, Producer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Heywood Gould Screenwriter
Peter Lamont Art Director
Anthony Mendleson Costumes/Costume Designer
Stanley O'Toole Producer
Gil Parrondo Production Designer
Martin Richards Producer
José Lopez Rodero Asst. Director
Robert Swink Editor
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