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Release Date:
18 October 1974 (USA) See more »
A gripping puzzle of pursuit and escape See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jon Voight ... Peter Miller

Maximilian Schell ... Eduard Roschmann

Maria Schell ... Frau Miller

Mary Tamm ... Sigi

Derek Jacobi ... 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 (also as Gunter Strack)
Noel Willman ... Franz Bayer

Martin Brandt ... Marx
Hans Caninenberg ... Dr. Ferdinand Schultz
Heinz Ehrenfreund ... Shapira
Alexander Golling ... Colonel
Towje Kleiner ... Salomon Tauber

Günter Meisner ... General Greifer
Gunnar Möller ... Karl Braun
Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel ... Frau Wenzer
Christine Wodetzky ... Gisela
Werner Bruhns ... Hoffmann
Til Kiwe ... Medal Shop Proprietor
Georg Marischka ... Prosecution Attorney
Joachim Dietmar Mues ... Wehrmacht Captain
Hans Wyprächtiger ... Landlord
Cyril Shaps ... Tauber's Voice (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alexander Allerson ... Dr. Ratinger (uncredited)
Walter Feuchtenberg ... The Butler (uncredited)
Herbert Fux ... Make-up man (uncredited)
Michael Gahr ... Officer (uncredited)
Wolfgang Lukschy ... Sturmbannführer Kranz (uncredited)
Miriam Mahler ... Esther Tauber (uncredited)
Henning Schlüter ... Ludwig Erhard (uncredited)

Jean-Pierre Zola ... Landlord (uncredited)

Directed by
Ronald Neame 
Writing credits
Frederick Forsyth (novel)

Kenneth Ross (screenplay) &
George Markstein (screenplay)

Produced by
John R. Sloan .... co-producer
John Woolf .... producer
Original Music by
Andrew Lloyd Webber 
Cinematography by
Oswald Morris (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ralph Kemplen 
Casting by
Renate Neuchl 
Jenia Reissar 
Production Design by
Rolf Zehetbauer 
Makeup Department
Susi Krause .... hair stylist
Raimund Stangl .... makeup artist
Production Management
Pia Arnold .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Colin M. Brewer .... first assistant director (as Colin Brewer)
Wieland Liebske .... assistant director
Art Department
Werner Achmann .... construction supervisor
Richard Eglseder .... prop buyer
Alois Muehlbauer .... head props (as Alois Muhlbauer)
Sound Department
Derek Ball .... sound recordist
Leslie Hodgson .... sound editor (as Les Hodgson)
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist (as Gordon McCallum)
Graham V. Hartstone .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Eddy Joseph .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Chris Kelly .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Richard Richtsfeld .... special effects
Vic Armstrong .... stunt double: Jon Voight (uncredited)
Joe Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Atze Glanert .... cameraman: second unit
Fred Leitensdorfer .... head grip (as Freddy Leitenstorfer)
Jimmy Turrell .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Monika Bauert .... costumes
Ille Sievers .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Marcel Durham .... assistant editor
Location Management
Leonhard Gmür .... location manager (as Leonhard Gmuer)
Dieter Meyer .... location manager
Dietmar Siegert .... location manager
Music Department
Anthony Bowles .... conductor
Alan O'Duffy .... music recordist
Other crew
May Capsaski .... production assistant (as May Capsaskis)
Osman Ragheb .... dialogue coach
John Rosenberg .... script editor
Elaine Schreyeck .... continuity
Simon Wiesenthal .... documentary adviser
Crew verified as complete

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130 min | Germany:120 min
Color (Eastmancolor) | Black and White (flashback scenes)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 (1975) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 (DVD rating) (2005) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (1992) (2001) | USA:PG | West Germany:12 (f)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

This motion picture's opening title cards read: "ISRAEL SEPTEMBER 23 1963" and then "HAMBURG November 22 1963".See more »
Anachronisms: The Mercedes 600 used by Eduard Roschmann was in fact revealed in 1963 but started production in 1965.See more »
Peter Miller:[in disgust, to Roschmann] You are not even worth a bullet!See more »
Movie Connections:
Christmas DreamSee more »


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36 out of 43 people found the following review useful.
Excellent climax to the film., 22 January 1999

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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