The Boys from Brazil
The Boys from Brazil (1978)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 5, 1978
DVD Release Date: December 14, 1999
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Critic Score: 70% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Dustin Putman

This is a terrifically chilling entertainment, one that deserves a spot alongside the best paranoid thrillers of the 1970s.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's more a silly and unbelievable pic than a bad one, but very watchable.

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Variety Staff

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.

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TV Guide

Fast-paced, gripping and totally ludicrous.

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Emanuel Levy

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

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Time Out

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

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Dark thriller that does its best but ultimately doesn't completely convince.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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).

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
It benefits from an intriguing mystery (though more ludicrous than disturbing), while Olivier and Peck have both their moments of excellence in a compelling… More
Lucas Martins
A criative and intriguing story. This Ira Levin's The Boys From Brazil chilling adaptation have a good screenplay and acting from Peck and Oliver. Fresh.
Christian C
Exciting mystery and action. Olivier was a bit over-the-top and played up stereotypes to the hilt as an aging Nazi hunter.
Ken Stachnik
Funniest cast list EVER. Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, James Mason and Steve "police academy" Guttenberg. That is unfortunately the best thing… More
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Cindy I
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