The Boys from Brazil

The Boys from Brazil

Franklin J Schaffner (1978)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Ira Levin's ingenious novel about the cloning of Hitler's body tissue, producing identical little boys who might revive the Third Reich, is given the epic treatment here by director Franklin J Schaffner. Masterminding the genetic engineering is the infamous Dr Mengele, played by Gregory Peck in a convincing departure from his usual good-guy roles. James Mason is his accomplice and Laurence Olivier is the Nazi-hunter modelled on Simon Wiesenthal who tracks them down. This accomplished, globe-trotting thriller benefits from being more plausible now than it was on its release in the late 1970s, and there's the added appeal of Peck, Mason and Olivier scoring points off each other.


An ageing Nazi-hunter gets a lead on the whereabouts of the infamous war criminal Dr Josef Mengele. A series of strange events around the world leaves him convinced the sadistic scientist is engaged in a horrifying plot to turn various children into clones of Adolf Hitler. Thriller based on Ira Levin's novel, starring Laurence Olivier, Gregory Peck and James Mason.

Cast & Crew

Ezra Lieberman Laurence Olivier
Dr Josef Mengele Gregory Peck
Eduard Seibert James Mason
Esther Lieberman Lilli Palmer
Frieda Maloney Uta Hagen
Barry Kohler Steve Guttenberg
Mrs Doring Rosemary Harris
Sidney Beynon Denholm Elliott
Director Franklin J Schaffner
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence and some swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray