The Boys from Brazil

Synopsis: Barry Kohler, a young Nazi hunter, tracks down a group of former SS officers meeting in Paraguay in the late 1970s. The Nazis, led by Dr Mengele, are planning something. Old Nazi hunter, Ezra Lieberman, is at first uninterested in Kohler's findings. But when he is told something of their plan, he is eager to find out more. Lieberman visits several homes in Europe and the U.S. in order to uncover the Nazi plot. It is at one of these houses he notices something strange, which turns out to be a horrible discovery.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 10 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
125 min

Hey, kid!

Hey, Ismael! Catch!

Such a pleasure to see you,

Herr Lieberman.

The pleasure is all mine,

Herr Strasser, I assure you.

I hate to bother such a famous

Nazi-hunter like yourself...

...with such trifles as the rent,

but it is the third of the month!

Quite so. You will have a cheque

in, er... several days.

By all means take your time,

Herr Lieberman.

Feel free to ignore your responsibilities

while my property is being ruined!

We have floods all over the building

because of you!

You overload the floor,...

...putting a strain on the pipes upstairs!

And then they break!

The pipes upstairs break,

and I'm to blame?

Everything is connected.

The whole building will soon collapse...

...because of you.


- You have a call from Paraguay!

- Paraguay?

This is an apartment house,

not an office!

You have no right to bring

these heavy cabinets in here.

All right, all right!

So next time rent to a feather merchant!


Mr Lieberman?

- Out! You understand?

- Speak a little louder! I can't hear you!

Barry Kohler?

No, I don't think I know you.

I sent you a package with photos.

You didn't?

You sound like an American.

What are you doing in Paraguay?

I've been monitoring the activities

of a group of Nazis.

And I've identified several of them

as war criminals.

From your books and articles.

and you call it junk!

Yes! Junk, junk, junk!

Herr Strasser,

we are wasting valuable time.

Huge chunks of plaster

are coming down from your ceiling.

Look how I step on the ground. Soon

I will be through into your apartment.

Right into the lap of your beloved wife,

God forbid!


- Don't push me!

- Leave my brother and me alone! Get out!


...Herr Strasser.

Esther, the man's an idiot.

No, I'm an idiot,

for letting him make me angry.

Go on, take your phone call.

The young man who has just discovered

there are Nazis in South America.

So, Mr Kohler, forgive the interruption.

Now, er...

I work alone, like you, Mr Lieberman.

Which is why I'm calling you.

I'm onto something.

Mr Kohler, it may be a blinding revelation

to you that there are Nazis in Paraguay,...

...but I assure you, it is no news to me.

And if you stay there much longer,

there will still be Nazis in Paraguay,...

...but there will be one less Jewish boy

in the world.

Something's going on! They seemed to be

gathered for some kind of operation.

A bunch of them have been moving

in and out of Ralph Gunther's estate.

I want to know what to do next.

Get on a plane and go home.

Better still, go to the American Embassy.

Run to the American Embassy,

and tell them to put you on a plane.

Thank you for your advice.

What did he want?

I don't know... Advice... Instruction...

A boy like that,

lucky to survive one day in Paraguay.

He's been there... some weeks.

I told him to go home and he hung up.

What did he want? Applause?

One, two, three,...


One, two, three, four.

One, two,...

One, two...!

Goddamn! It works!

Come on, damn you! Tune in!

Gentlemen, he's coming.

So, Gunther... this is the moment.

Gentlemen, gentlemen,... at your ease, I beg of you.

- Gunther, would you do the honours?

- Certainly, Dr Mengele.


Captain Gerhardt Mundt.

I have heard nothing but the highest

praise for you, Captain Mundt.

Thank you, Herr Doktor.

- Major Ludwig Trausteiner.

- Thank you for coming, Major.

- Er... Captain...

- It's all right, Gunther.

Captain Farnbach and I are old comrades.

Are we not, Captain?

It's extremely flattering

to be remembered, sir.

Oh, I am not so senile or so ungrateful

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Heywood Gould

Heywood Gould is an American screenwriter, journalist, novelist and film director. He has penned screenplays for such films as Rolling Thunder, The Boys from Brazil, Fort Apache the Bronx, Streets of Gold, Cocktail and directed such films as One Good Cop, Trial by Jury, Mistrial and Double Bang. more…

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