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The Boys From Brazil is a terrifying film about the perpetuation of a new race of Hitlers, based on Ira Levin's thrilling book of the same title. In the setting of 1970s South America, a notorious Nazi War criminal, Dr. Josef Mengele (Gregory Peck), gathers a group of former Nazis to work on a covert project to establish a Fourth Reich. But when famed Nazi-hunter Ezra Lieberman (Laurence Olivier) is enlightened to Mengele's bone-chilling scheme--to clone 94 young Hitlers and cause horror on a global scale--he attempts to unravel the conspiracy.
Robustly entertaining and bracingly sinister, The Boys from Brazil stars Gregory Peck as the infamous Dr Josef Mengele, the former Nazi chief who intends to resurrect the Führer and create a Fourth Reich through genetic experiments that commence with the assassination of some 94 fathers. Elderly Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman (Laurence Olivier, in an Oscar-nominated performance) is tipped to the plot, but his efforts to expose Peck (fiendishly cast against type) are thwarted by a set of menacing triplets played by Jeremy Black.
Back in 1978, The Boys from Brazil (adapted from Ira Levin's novel) was an incalculably tense, straight-faced entertainment whose lack of irony allowed the viewer to indulge the film's outrageous premise without moral offence. But in view of the scientific advancements made since the release of the film, it's now a cautionary tale, and all the more compelling for being so. Jerry Goldsmith's richly conceived, Oscar-nominated score--replete with echoes of Mahler and Strauss--reinforces this impression.--Kevin Mulhall
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Having said all that, it is an entertaining, if improbable (I hope) film.
Movie goes in three content (Europe, South America and USA) and there is no dissapointing scenes, story goes on and keep you up the seat.
Blu- Ray is very good even in a big screen; Picture is sharp and colours are in balance. It's so sorry, that they dont do this kind of intellicente movies anymore- everything is action and violance "go,go,go- fuckking ushole" Boys from Brazil does`nt need any line of this kind....
Josef Mengele alive and well in 70's South America and hatching a plot to clone Hitler. Actually, by the time the movie starts, the clones are already teenagers. Around 100 of them are in the world and in order to replicate the life path of the Nazi dictator, these boys/clones must lose their adoptive fathers. A very young Steve Guttenberg plays the naive but resourceful American boy who uncovers the assassination plots and Laurence Olivier is the old, tired camp survivor Lieberman who takes the investigation further.
I must say that I've never seen Gregory Peck look more repulsive. He plays Mengele, a strong departure from his usual hero roles and one could never guess from the make up that he was an actor with breathtaking good looks. But most striking of all in appearance is Jeremy Black, the teen who plays the Hitler clones with an aplomb that is both haunting and reassuringly innocent.
Ira Levin's story is escapist but feasible.
more realistic by the day! Gregory peck a right nasty villain. Olivier an unlikely hero. Well worth a viewing. Well filmed, directed etc. Just quality all round.
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