the Boys from Brazil (Franklin Schaffner, 1978)

USA/UK, 125 min

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Infamous Nazi Josef Mengele (Gregory Peck) has been secretly working for decades on a horrifying genetic experiment with devastating implications.  An aging but determined ‘Nazi hunter’ (Laurence Olivier) strives to put an end to the project. Featuring a very young Steve Guttenberg as “annoying Jew #1”.


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directed by franklin schaffner (planet of the apes, patton). this was adapted from a thriller novel, but it’s somehow less on the thriller and more on the silly, dramatic circus… but, hey: nazi conspiracies, a nice snatch of sci-fi, the rare treat of moustachioed gregory peck-as-villain, and a shriveled-up laurence olivier with a mincing, disney-terrible austrian accent. very entertaining.

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peck and olivier seem like a waste here, and it’s a joke that it was nominated for several academy awards. still, it’s rescued by its own plot… can’t say much without including spoilers, but one thing i like is that it attempts to exploit the ground-in cultural “blue-eyed Aryans” fear in us Allieds.

(is there some cheesy kind of village of the damned-esque flick with blonde, glassy-eyed Hitler youth? seems like there should be. a cross-over zombie movie, even; a post-apocalyptc re-imagining of wwII…  shit’s ripe.)

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to steve guttenberg: wtf. what’s good, eager beaver? i didn’t exactly sign up for your fresh-faced overacting when i tucked into this.  i’m glad you were unceremoniously whacked early on in this affair, though you even ruined that by blinking forcefully after you slid to the floor and “died”. when i want to hear from you, sir, i’ll put on short circuit. pfft.

actually, nah. he’s a good guy:

From Friday 5 December 2008, he will be appearing in the Pantomime “Cinderella”, at The Churchill Theatre in Bromley, England. To celebrate the star being in Bromley this year there was a special screening of Police Academy at the local Empire Cinema on the 19th November, which Mr. Guttenberg introduced and had a Question and Answer session, where he came across as a very pleasant man. [9][10] —  wiki

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