Boys from Brazil

Released 1978


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Franklin J. Schaffner
Boys from Brazil is the 1978 sci-fi thriller based on the novel by Ira Levin (Rosemary's Baby) and directed by Franklin J. Schaffner (Planet of the Apes, Patton). Josef Mengele (Gregory Peck) the evil Nazi doctor clones boys to be new manifestations of Adolf Hitler so that the Third Reich can arise throughout the Western World. Middle-aged, authoritarian men seeking children get clones of the Antichrist. Mengele watches the development of the boys from afar and notices with pride that they develop much like his hero. As they reach their teens, Mengele arranges the deaths of the adoptive fathers so that the boy can have an important commonality with the Fuehrer: the loss of a father at the appropriate age. An aging Jew, Ezra Lieberman (Laurence Olivier) discovers a plot at which he first scoffs -- before he realizes that it is all too real -- and attempts to thwart the plot by preventing the murder of the fathers. In the most important instance, he and Mengele meet one of the young Hitlers as his father is about to be offed.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 60

    Empire Ian Nathan

    For much of its slowburn build there is a classy, intelligent thriller at work, something closer in tone to The Odessa File. Still, you must remain guarded to how over the top and ...

  • 50

    Slant Magazine Ed Gonzalez

    Jerry Goldmsith's ominous score is reminiscent of his Oscar-winning work for The Omen but The Boys From Brazil is pure pomp and circumstance.

  • 40

    Time Out London

    The film is sunk by a series of preposterous performances. There are more phony German accents than in a prep school version of Colditz, and Levin's expert plotting is buried benea...

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