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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Fast-paced, gripping and totally ludicrous."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film loses the little credibility that Ira Levin's potboiler had, but helmer Schaffner was smart to cast Olivier as Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal and to surround him with superb actors"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Gregory Peck is miscast, but the film is entertaining enough."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Now, if only Uta Hagen and Rosemary Harris were rolling on the floor next to them, Boys From Brazil would have been an bigger scream."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Dark thriller that does its best but ultimately doesn't completely convince."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"Schaffner conduz a trama com segurança absoluta, permitindo que o espectador junte as peças do quebra-cabeças ao mesmo tempo em que seu diligente e improvável herói, vivido de forma espetacular por Olivier (mas Peck também merece aplausos)."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Too funny to dislike."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"...given the caliber of the cast and crew, it should have been a whole lot better."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The answer should have made a great thriller, but the film is sunk by a series of preposterous performances."
‑ , Time Out
"It's more a silly and unbelievable pic than a bad one, but very watchable."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Intriguing tale about nazi war criminals cloning Hitler."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"South America is turned into a virtual sci-fi lab for the creation of ninety-four versions of the Der Fuhrer in Franklin J. Schaffner's campy The Boys From Brazil."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Apollo Guide
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