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 S.S. Captain who commanded a concentration camp during World War II. Miller eventually finds himself involved with the powerful organization of former S.S. members, called "O.D.E.S.S.A.", as well as with the Israeli secret service. Miller probes deeper and eventually discovers a link between the S.S. Captain, "O.D.E.S.S.A.", and his own family.
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Did You Know?
Producer John Woolf
and director Ronald Neame
were convinced that this movie must be made in Germany in order to achieve the authenticity and atmosphere of the source Frederick Forsyth
novel. Since the author had based his story on real-life happenings following long research, it would have done an injustice to the work to film it other than in a setting which would give it the presence of reality. Even the studio settings were filled with real props, and the designs of Rolf Zehetbauer
were carried out in real wood, brick, and steel. See more
The scene where Peter is in Karl Braun's flat and they are drinking beer at the table. Karl pours a beer for Peter which is a regular beer colour, he himself has a Dunkle [dark] beer in a tall glass. After the children have come and gone from saying goodnight, Karl's beer has changed to the same as Peter's and in a similar small glass. There is no sign anywhere of the beer in the tall glass. See more
[Opening scene, in Israel
Hannah, would you mind? What I am going to tell you is, of course, top secret. The Egyptians have rockets based at Helwan. The targets are Acre, Haifa, Tel Aviv-Jaffa. That would be the first strike. The second strike would straddle the whole country. The rockets will have special warheads. They will contain bubonic plague and strontium. If it succeeds, it will be the end of Israel. All they are waiting for is completion of a tele-guidance system, without which they ...
West German TV version was edited to remove the text at the beginning (which provides background information) and flashback scenes of Roschmann's atrocities in the KZ. See more
Referenced in Adelaide's Silver Screens
Schwarzbraun ist die Haselnuss
("Black Brown is the hazelnut") (uncredited)
[Sung at the soldiers' reunion] See more