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The Odessa File (1974)

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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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Eduard Roschmann
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Frau Miller
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Sigi
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Klaus Wenzer
Peter Jeffrey ...
David Porath
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Gustav Mackensen
Kurt Meisel ...
Alfred Oster
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General Glücks
Garfield Morgan ...
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Simon Wiesenthal (as Schmuel Rodensky)
Ernst Schröder ...
Werner Deilman
Günter Strack ...
Kunik (as Gunter Strack)
Noel Willman ...
Franz Bayer
Martin Brandt ...
Marx
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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 <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Jon Voight, a dedicated and superb actor, was on the set virtually throughout the filming, with the script calling for his appearance in 80% of the scenes. The production notes declared that the part was (at least at the time) perhaps Voight's most grueling screen role. Welcome breaks on the set included regular visits from his wife Marcheline Bertrand and their then infant son, Jamie, who became the pet of the cast and crew. See more »

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The Mercedes 600 used by Eduard Roschmann was in fact revealed in 1963 but started production in 1965. See more »

Quotes

Peter Miller: [in disgust, to Roschmann] You are not even worth a bullet!
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Referenced in The Passions of Carol (1975) See more »

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Schwarzbraun ist die Haselnuss
("Black Brown is the hazelnut") (uncredited)
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[Sung at the soldiers' reunion]
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Nasty Nazis are just beneath the surface
28 September 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A great story, which combines twisted plots, chase scenes and the deadly combination of history and the present. One is utterly compelled to wonder exactly how fictional this story is, and also how such an organisation could operate beneath the veneer of respectability. There is no doubt that the motives of all the chief characters are distinct, and the plot forces one to watch as Muller tries to break into the seemingly impenetrable organisation. His journey to find the answers he is looking for, and all due to stopping on the side of the road for a couple of minutes to listen to the radio makes one also wonder what else is out there that should be revealed, but due to cover ups and apathy hasn't been!


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