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 fathered sons who were identical -- the results of a cloning experiment, designed to create a race of incipient Hitlers.

Cast

Gregory Peck
as Dr. Josef Mengele
Laurence Olivier
as Ezra Lieberman
James Mason
as Eduard Seibert
Lilli Palmer
as Esther Lieberman
Uta Hagen
as Frieda Maloney
Rosemary Harris
as Mrs. Doring
John Dehner
as Henry Wheelock
John Rubinstein
as David Bennett
Anne Meara
as Mrs. Curry
Steve Guttenberg
as Barry Kohler
Denholm Elliott
as Sidney Beynon
Jeremy Black
as Jack Curry/Simon Harrington/ Erich Doring/Bobby Wh
David Hurst
as Strasser
Bruno Ganz
as Prof. Bruckner
Carl Duering
as Traustiner
Michael Gough
as Harrington
Guy Dumont
as Hessen
Prunella Scales
as Mrs. Harrington
Wolf Kahler
as Schwimmer
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Critic Reviews for The Boys from Brazil

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (10)

  • This picture is another of [producer] Lew Grade's international blockbuster packages; the deals are worked out in terms of story elements that will sell and of performers with followings in as many markets as possible.

    May 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • An impressive feat of carefully designed and modulated academic filmmaking, a class job in the tradition of Hitchcock or Wyler at their most polished.

    Apr 30, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The plot is less suspenseful than the overacting contest between the two leads, Laurence Olivier and Gregory Peck, who spend most of their screen time one-upping each other in affectations.

    Mar 27, 2009 | Full Review…
  • With two excellent antagonists in Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier, The Boys from Brazil presents a gripping, suspenseful drama for nearly all of its two hours -- then lets go at the end and falls into a heap.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • The answer should have made a great thriller, but the film is sunk by a series of preposterous performances.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • In an excess of ambition, this imaginative story tries to address too many things at once.

    Aug 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Boys from Brazil

  • Sep 19, 2016
    Ludicrous but very entertaining, The Boys from Brazil aims to disturb but missed this mark and has an incredibly over the top and miscast Gregory Peck as the villain. Stylish direction, a rousing score and a great pace are pluses.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2014
    It benefits from an intriguing mystery (though more ludicrous than disturbing), while Olivier and Peck have both their moments of excellence in a compelling thriller where they mostly seem to be in a hilarious dispute to see who overacts more and devours the whole scenery.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2014
    Exciting mystery and action. Olivier was a bit over-the-top and played up stereotypes to the hilt as an aging Nazi hunter.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2013
    Aw Greg is the antagonist here but I can't help not to say aww he's still very likable (well at least to me). His acting isn't that good but I will forgive him because he's Gregory Peck. <i>(please don't take away my Super Reviewer Badge)</i>
    Cita W Super Reviewer

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