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 to create a race of incipient Hitlers. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Unforutnately with a STELLAR cast, this movie was so poorly written and acted (yes, acted!) it was hard to actually believe ANYTHING in this terrible mess. The directing was questionable at many points, choice of music BAD, and strange misplaced dialogue. Just a VERY odd movie overall.
I liken it to todays BLACK DAHLIA, stellar cast and director but terrible result.
But then again one mans trash is another mans treasure.
Sad - because this movie had SUCH potential ! It was WAY ahead of its time with DNA cloning - and was a marvelous conceptual movie. But the acting in this movie by so many was just..."okay"...at best. I suppose one could blame it on being made in 1978, and dated, too be sure. But that's not it either. At any rate...fictionalizing a cloned race of Adolf Hitler children is an interesting twist - but not at all believable in the way they portrayed them, and their parents, and all of them being utter little spoiled Mein Kompf Nazis brats !! (Oh PAAAA-LEEEASE !) And for Gosh sakes - - where on EARTH did anyone associated with making this movie think that the music to this movie was good ? It absolutely STUNK !
In the 60's, author Ira Levin could do no wrong. "The Boys from Brazil" was a so-so book that everybody read. The film is faithful to the book, silly, heavy handed...but who can resist Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier together on screen. See it for the trivia aspects and performances.