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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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Eduard Roschmann
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Frau Miller
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Sigi
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Klaus Wenzer
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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
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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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The character played by Hannes Messemer is not referred to by name in the dialogue. However, it 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 »

Goofs

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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Terrific story and cast - a classic
5 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This thriller should go down as a classic. It has a convincing story a rare thing in movies that try to blend historical fact and fiction. It's tense from beginning to end and doesn't have annoying red herrings or plot twists.

The casting is perfect. Maximillian Schell is ideal as the Nazi war criminal. Jon Voight is surprisingly convincing as a German accent and all. Good use of European supporting cast to avoid a fake feel.

Good on location feel to it. Liked the evocative score too.

It's one of the best thrillers about WWII subject matter even though it is set after the war.


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