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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18 October 1974 (USA)  »

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The character played by Hannes Messemer is not referred to by name in the dialogue but is intended to be SS-Gruppenführer Richard Glücks, former SS Inspector of Concentration Camps who disappeared after World War II and is rumored to have been one of the founding members of the ODESSA. See more »


Silencers on revolvers don't work, as they have a gap between cylinder and barrel from which sound and gases escape, thus silencing the muzzle would not have much effect. The only major exception to this is the pre-WWII Soviet Nagant M1895 revolver (not used here), where the cylinder moves forward before firing, effectively sealing the gap. The silencer for this revolver was quite effective but also conspicuously large. See more »


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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Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice and André Heller (as Andre Heller)
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Excellent climax to the film.

Although it deviates from the excellent book's plot, The Odessa File is, in my opinion, Jon Voight's best performance. A good script is handled very well by the actors. Like all Frederick Forsyth's books, the film conveys the possibility that all the events in the film were completely accurate to real events. The ending of the film, when we find out the reason for Jon Voight's character tracking down the former Nazi, is a superb moment of suspense.

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