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The Boys from Brazil

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The Boys from Brazil
Cinema poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
UKD.jpg UK
Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner
Release Date 1978
Language English
Studio Producers Circle
Incorporated Television Company (ITC)
Distributor Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Main Cast
Character Actor
Dr. Josef Mengele Gregory Peck
Ezra Lieberman Laurence Olivier
Eduard Seibert James Mason
Esther Lieberman Lilli Palmer
Frieda Maloney Uta Hagen
Barry Kohler Steve Guttenberg
Sidney Beynon Denholm Elliott
Henry Wheelock John Dehner
Professor Bruckner Bruno Ganz
Bobby Wheelock Jeremy Black

The Boys from Brazil is the 1978 film adaptation of Ira Levin's novel of the same name. Sir Laurence Olivier stars as Ezra Lieberman, an elderly concentration camp survivor devoted to tracking down fugitive Nazi war criminals (a fictional version of real-life Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal), who is tipped off by one of his eager proteges that Dr. Josef Mengele (Gregory Peck), the "Angel of Death" of the Auschwitz concentration camp, is alive and well in South America, and engaged in an ambitious project to clone Adolf Hitler and restore the Nazis to power.

The film was notable for its accurate description of cloning science (which, at the time of its release, was still regarded as far-fetched), and for bringing Olivier his ninth and last Academy Award nomination for an acting role - ironically, his previous one had been two years before for Marathon Man (1976), in which he played a Nazi war criminal.

The following weapons were used in the film The Boys from Brazil:


When the Nazis destroy Dr. Josef Mengele's (Gregory Peck) Paraguayan laboratory, Dietrich Hessen (Sky Dumont) and Arnold Schwimmer (Wolf Kahler) carry M16 assault rifles. The guns aren't used onscreen, but are presumably used to kill Mengele's Paraguayan servants and bodyguards offscreen, as we hear gunfire and see the people lying dead on the ground.

The original M16, the first version, firing in a 20-round magazine, adopted in large numbers by the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam. This has the original 3-prong flash hider. It would later be replaced by the upgraded M16A1 - 5.56x45mm
Schwimmer dumps gasoline onto Mengele's porch, his M16 slung over his back.
Hessen's M16 slung over his back.

Single Shot Shotgun

Henry Wheelock (John Dehner) has two Single Shot shotguns displayed above his fireplace mantle when Dr. Mengele comes to kill him.

Wheelock learns too late Mengele isn't Lieberman and his shotguns are of no use to him, now.
The shotguns are visible in the background.

Browning Hi-Power

Dr. Josef Mengele (Gregory Peck) carries a Browning Hi-Power as his personal weapon. He uses it to kill Henry Wheelock (John Dehner) as part of his scheme to recreate the childhood of Adolf Hitler, as Wheelock's adopted son, Bobby, is (unknown to Wheelock) a clone of Hitler.

Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian Mfg) - 9x19mm
Mengele pulls his Browning Hi-Power at Henry Wheelock.
Ezra Lieberman (Laurence Olivier) attacks Mengele in Wheelock's living room.
Close up of his gun.

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