The Odessa File (1974)

PG  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  18 October 1974 (USA)
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Following the suicide of an elderly Jewish man, a journalist in possession of the man's diary investigates the alleged sighting of a former SS captain, who allegedly commanded a concentration camp during WWII.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eduard Roschmann
Frau Miller
Klaus Wenzer
Peter Jeffrey ...
David Porath
Klaus Löwitsch ...
Gustav Mackensen
Kurt Meisel ...
Alfred Oster
Hannes Messemer ...
General Glücks
Garfield Morgan ...
Israeli General
Shmuel Rodensky ...
Simon Wiesenthal (as Schmuel Rodensky)
Ernst Schröder ...
Werner Deilman
Günter Strack ...
Kunik (as Gunter Strack)
Noel Willman ...
Franz Bayer
Martin Brandt ...


After reading the diary of an elderly Jewish man who committed suicide, freelance journalist Peter Miller begins to investigate the alleged sighting of a former SS-Captain who commanded a concentration camp during World War II. Miller eventually finds himself involved with the powerful organization of former SS members, called ODESSA, as well as with the Israeli secret service. Miller probes deeper and eventually discovers a link between the SS-Captain, ODESSA, and his own family. Written by Anthony Hughes <>

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From the Smash Suspense Novel of the Year....."THE ODESSA FILE" See more »


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18 October 1974 (USA)  »

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Andrew Lloyd Webber composed the music to the movie. See more »


Peter Miller infiltrates the Odessa organization by claiming to have been a member of the firing squad which executed Admiral Canaris at Flossenburg concentration camp in April 1945. Canaris was hanged on the gallows rather than shot for his role in the attempted coup against Hitler in July 1944. Franz Bayer who interviewed Miller and accepted his story would have known this and therefore deduced he was an imposter and didn't serve at Flossenburg as an SS guard. See more »


[Miller is trying to sell his editor a story based on the diary]
Hoffmann: No one wants to read about Jews.
Peter Miller: They were GERMANS!
Hoffmann: They were German Jews.
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Referenced in Two Senoritas (1975) See more »


Christmas Dream
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice and André Heller (as Andre Heller)
Sung by Perry Como
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Underestimated masterpiece
3 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Movie-making at its best. A wonderful performance from John Voight (who remembers Joe Buck?) as a journalist "son" of Germany who receives a report written by a survivor of a concentration camp that committed suicide fueled by the horror of discovering a secret society conformed by high ranking former Nazi officials. "Voight's" struggle to investigate and uncover such an evil organization (Odessa) is the theme of this film that will keep you at the edge of your seats! The versatility and talent of Mr. Voight as a 1st line actor is evidenced here. After enjoying this film you will wonder where has all good movie making gone. Buy it or rent will not regret it :)

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