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The Odessa File (1974)

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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Simon Wiesenthal (as Schmuel Rodensky)
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Kunik (as Gunter Strack)
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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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Hannes Messemer who portrays General Glücks had, in fact served in the Wermacht, during WWII. See more »

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When Peter Miller phones his girlfriend from Munich Central station, there is an InterCity train headed by a class 103 electric locomotive clearly visible in the background. Both weren't put into service before the early 1970's. See more »

Quotes

Peter Miller: [in disgust, to Roschmann] You are not even worth a bullet!
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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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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 it....you will not regret it :)


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