Category Dramas, Action, Action/Adventure, Thriller, Science-Fiction/Fantasy, Suspense, Recommended, Nazis, Mad Doctor, Hitler
Starring Gregory Peck, James Mason, Laurence Olivier, Steve Guttenberg, Denholm Elliott, John Rubinstein, Rosemary Harris, John Dehner, Lilli Palmer, Anne Meara, Uta Hagen, Jeremy Black
Director Franklin J. Schaffner
Composer Jerry Goldsmith
Director of Photography Henri Decae
Editor Robert W. Swink
Producer Martin Richards, Stanley O\'Toole
Production Designer Gil Parrondo
Screenwriter Heywood Gould
Source Writer Ira Levin
Gregory Peck and Laurence Olivier star in this 1978 movie about a Nazi hunter who wants to launch the Fourth Reich.
Ira Levin\'s best-selling novel is the basis for this incredible film about the perpetuation of a new race of Hitlers. When one of his proteges locates the elusive Nazi war criminal Dr. Josef Mengele (Peck), famed Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman (a wonderful Olivier) stumbles on Mengele\'s grand scheme to murder 94 seemingly unconnected men -- a scheme that could somehow launch the Fourth Reich.
The character of \"Josef Mengele\" is based on the real-life Nazi doctor Mengele, who performed inhuman genetic experiments on thousands of Jews, both children and adults, at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland during World War II. Mengele managed to escape capture at the end of the war, and in reality was never found. Laurence Olivier was named Best Actor of 1978 by the National Board of Review. His character, \"Ezra Lieberman,\" was loosely based on noted Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal. Scenes set in Paraguay and Brazil were, in fact, shot in Portugal.