History Literature / TheBoysFromBrazil

29th Dec '16 7:39:37 PM Synthesis
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** Josef Mengele goes from, essentially, a psychotic State-sponsored SerialKiller who was, in reality, a totally incompetent scientist; to the DiabolicalMastermind behind both a cloning project at least a century ahead of its time, and an elaborate political scheme to recreate the Fourth Reich.

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** Josef Mengele goes from, essentially, a psychotic State-sponsored SerialKiller who was, in reality, a totally incompetent scientist; to the DiabolicalMastermind behind both a cloning project at least a century ahead of its time, and an elaborate political scheme to recreate the Fourth Third Reich.
22nd Nov '16 6:15:58 AM JackG
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Unfortunately for him, Mengele has a group of devoted Nazi hunters on his trail...

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Unfortunately for him, Mengele has a group of devoted Nazi hunters {{Nazi Hunter}}s on his trail...



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Mengele finds himself at the mercy of one of his cloned Hitlers. Oops.

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: HoistByHisOwnPetard:
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Mengele finds himself at the mercy of one of his cloned Hitlers. Oops.Oops.
** Earlier in the movie, one of the Nazi assassins expresses doubts over his mission to an old comrade, who advises him to go ahead. Turns out he's the man meant to be killed.


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* WhatTheHellHero: The NaziHunter tells off Liebermann for burning the list of cloned Hitlers, saying it was stupid old fools like him who allowed the Holocaust to happen. Liebermann replies that it was Nazis, "who would kill even children to get their way."
22nd Nov '16 12:02:57 AM LordYAM
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* KarmicDeath: Mengele dies at the hands of his own clone (who sicks wild dogs on him.)
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Mengele kills Bobby's father, an unrepentant racist.
9th Nov '16 9:55:14 AM nombretomado
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A 1976 novel by Ira Levin, it was adapted into a 1978 film starring Creator/LaurenceOlivier (in his last Academy Award - nominated role) as Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman and Creator/GregoryPeck as Dr Josef Mengele. The Academy - Award nominated score was composed by JerryGoldsmith.

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A 1976 novel by Ira Levin, it was adapted into a 1978 film starring Creator/LaurenceOlivier (in his last Academy Award - nominated role) as Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman and Creator/GregoryPeck as Dr Josef Mengele. The Academy - Award nominated score was composed by JerryGoldsmith.
Music/JerryGoldsmith.
7th Jul '16 7:08:25 AM Kalaong
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* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler:The Nazis plan is to kill the boys' fathers to replicate Hitler's origin story. But one of them, after knowing Mengele killed his old man, sends the dogs to attack him.]]

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* YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler:The The Nazis plan is to kill the boys' fathers to replicate Hitler's origin story. But one of them, after knowing Mengele killed his old man, sends the dogs to attack him.]]
7th Jul '16 7:08:04 AM Kalaong
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* CassandraTruth: Mengele tells [[spoiler:one of the Hitler clones]] his true origins. It fails.

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* CassandraTruth: Mengele tells [[spoiler:one one of the Hitler clones]] clones his true origins. It fails.



* CloningGambit: [[spoiler:Mengele's plot is to create new, original Hitlers by cloning him and recreating his upbringing.]]

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* CloningGambit: [[spoiler:Mengele's Mengele's plot is to create new, original Hitlers by cloning him and recreating his upbringing.]]



* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler:Barry in the movie]].
* TheEndOrIsIt: [[spoiler:In the ending, one of the Hitler clones gets really absorbed and excited about his pictures of Mengele's dead body. There are still up to 94 more of them around the world, ticking timebombs.]]
* ExpendableClone: Averted. While Mengele's superiors want the project scrapped, Mengele's very aware that his clones are aging in real time, and that each is irreplaceable.

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* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler:Barry Barry in the movie]].
movie.
* TheEndOrIsIt: [[spoiler:In the ending, There are still 95 clones of Hitler all over, ticking timebombs. And it's heavily implied that Mengele's scheme ''worked'', as one of the Hitler clones gets really absorbed is seen drawing a stadium full of people cheering a "great man".
-->He could hear the people cheering, roaring; a beautiful growing love-thunder that built
and excited about his pictures built, and then pounded, pounded, pounded, pounded.\\
Sort
of Mengele's dead body. There are still up to 94 more of them around the world, ticking timebombs.]]
like in those old Hitler movies.
* ExpendableClone: Averted. While Mengele's superiors want the project scrapped, Mengele's very aware that his clones are aging in real time, and that each is irreplaceable. irreplaceable - especially since re-creating the original through upbringing is largely a manner of luck.



** UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, too, in the sense that merely creating a clone of him (and raising him in a near-identical way) is enough to potentially bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. If nothing else, he is [[TheDreaded dreaded]] enough that everyone fears this outcome. Social, political, economic factors and everything else be damned!

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** A DiscussedTrope when it comes to UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, too, in the sense that merely creating a clone of him (and raising him in a near-identical way) is enough to potentially bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. If nothing else, he is [[TheDreaded dreaded]] enough that everyone fears this outcome. Social, political, economic factors and everything else be damned!damned! So much so that Gorin wants them all killed.
--->'''Liebermann''': ''I say in my talks it takes two things to make it happen again, a new Hitler and social conditions like in the thirties. But that's not true. It takes three things: the Hitler, the conditions... and the people to follow the Hitler.''
6th Jan '16 6:04:40 PM ThallianGold
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** Also subverted, as the description remains far more accurate than most most examples of cloning in Hollywood.
4th Sep '15 5:46:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* DatedHistory: The movie puts Mengele in Paraguay (though the mothers of the kids are Brazilian), his speculated real life location. He truly went there for sometime, but in the 1970s he was ''really'' in Brazil (where he died in 1979, meaning that besides the deteriorated health he could have seen the movie).



* HistoryMarchesOn: The movie puts Mengele in Paraguay (though the mothers of the kids are Brazilian), his speculated real life location. He truly went there for sometime, but in the 1970s he was ''really'' in Brazil (where he died in 1979, meaning that besides the deteriorated health he could have seen the movie).
21st Dec '14 9:25:20 AM TheUnsquished
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** AdolfHitler, too, in the sense that merely creating a clone of him (and raising him in a near-identical way) is enough to potentially bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. If nothing else, he is [[TheDreaded dreaded]] enough that everyone fears this outcome. Social, political, economic factors and everything else be damned!

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** AdolfHitler, UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler, too, in the sense that merely creating a clone of him (and raising him in a near-identical way) is enough to potentially bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. If nothing else, he is [[TheDreaded dreaded]] enough that everyone fears this outcome. Social, political, economic factors and everything else be damned!
10th Aug '14 8:06:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* ActingForTwo: The Boys



* OneHitWonder: Jeremy Black, who played the titular kids, never had another film role, although he still had a career as a stage actor.
* PlayingAgainstType: Gregory Peck is the bad guy here.
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