The Boys from Brazil (1978)
Reviewed on 2012 January 5
Really creepy flick, based on the Ira Levin novel of the same name, about a group of Nazis who want to resurrect the Reich. It looks like they may get their wish, unless a determined Nazi hunter can stop them.
The movie revolves around the premise of an active Dr. Mengele (Gregory Peck), alive, safely hidden in Paraguay, and up to no good. When a string of seemingly-unrelated men start dying, veteran Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman (Sir Laurence Olivier) decides to find out what exactly is going on. He is initially skeptical about earlier calls from a young cub of a Nazi hunter (Steve Guttenberg) saying strange stuff was happening in South America, but when he’s gone too, Lieberman is convinced. Jaded as he is, as much horror as he’s seen, even he is amazed at what Mengele pulled this time.
The squeamishness induced by the idea of this madman succeeding helps overcome any shortcomings like dubious accents, scenery-chomping and general silliness. Peck does a good job with what he describes as the only truly bad guy he’s ever played, and Olivier keeps right up with him. It’s a little dated — in fact I thought it was made before 1978 — but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it (or being rather freaked out by the whole idea).
Three chocolate morsels.