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The Odessa File (1974)

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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 S.S. Captain, who commanded a concentration camp during World War II.

Director:

Ronald Neame

Writers:

Frederick Forsyth (based on the novel by), Kenneth Ross (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ernst Schröder ... Werner Deilman
Günter Strack Günter Strack ... Kunik (as Gunter Strack)
Noel Willman ... Franz Bayer
Martin Brandt ... Marx
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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 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. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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There was an organization called ODESSA. This story is based on real incidents. For obvious reasons, names and places have been changed. See more »

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Trivia

Jon Voight was on-set throughout the production, with the script calling for his being on-camera in eighty percent of the scenes. The production notes stated the part was (at least at the time) perhaps Voight's "most grueling role". Welcome respite on the set included regular visits from his wife Marcheline Bertrand and their infant son, Jamie, who was the "pet" of the cast and crew. See more »

Goofs

In the final scene, Old Marx is in Jerusalem, alone in the Hall of Remembrance "saying Kaddish." Kaddish must be said by a minyan of at least 10 men, otherwise it is not considered Kaddish. Therefore, Salomon Tauber's request would also most likely not have been for, essentially, one person: "will some kind friend please say Kaddish for me?" See more »

Quotes

Peter Miller: [in disgust, to Roschmann] You are not even worth a bullet!
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Adelaide's Silver Screens (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Christmas Dream
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Lyrics by Tim Rice (English) and André Heller (as Andre Heller) (German)
Sung by Perry Como
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" Peoples are not evil, . . .only Individuals are evil "
26 May 2011 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

From the skillful and adroit hand of master novelist Frederick Forsythe comes this suspenseful story which begins in the wet streets of Berlin and traces itself to a WW II concentration camp called Riga. The movie is called " The Odessa File " and is based on the secret organization which helps ex-Nazis escape justice. Jon Voight plays Peter Miller a young German journalist who is intrigued by the diary of a survivor of the Riga death camp and left a journal identifying the 'Butcher' of Riga. With that diary, Miller decides to investigate if in fact Eduard Roschmann (Maximilian Schell) is still at large. Endangering his life and that of his girlfriend, Miller learns that Mossad, the Israeli Intelligence arm is also trying to locate the source of a electrical missile guidance system threatening Israel. With the help of Simon Wiesenthal (Shmuel Rodensky) and Mossad, Miller infiltrates the Oddessa organization and soon discovers Klaus Wenzer (Derek Jacobi) the man behind the false identifications given to escaping Nazis. However, Oddessa agents also discover who Miller really is and send their own men to dispose of him. The film is filled with intrigue, dark drama and tingling suspense and with Voight at the helm, this movie will soon join only the best which have all become Classics. ****


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Country:

UK | West Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

18 October 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Akta Odessy See more »

Filming Locations:

Salzburg, Austria See more »

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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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