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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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Storyline

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 "ODESSA", as well as with the Israeli secret service. Miller probes deeper and eventually discovers a link between the S.S. Captain, "ODESSA", and his own family. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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From the Smash Suspense Novel of the Year....."THE ODESSA FILE" See more »

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Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)| Black and White (flashback scenes)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The supporting cast was mostly German. Most of the character actors were major film and theatre personalities of the German stage and screen. The English-speaking players were given special coaching by Dialogue Director Osman Ragheb to acquire German accents which would be identical to those of the native actors. Not only did Jon Voight and Mary Tamm have to learn to use the accent, but had to do it with North German dialect nuances because of their characters' Hamburg origins in the story. See more »

Goofs

The woman shot in the ditch at Riga is also seen getting in the van which gasses victims. See more »

Quotes

Peter Miller: Do you remember a man with the name of Tauber?
Eduard Roschmann: Who?
Peter Miller: Salomon Tauber. He was German and Jewish. One of your prisoners at Riga. Try to think, Roschmann.
Eduard Roschmann: I can't remember all the prisoners' names.
Peter Miller: He died in Hamburg last November. He gassed himself. Are you listening?
Eduard Roschmann: If I must.
Peter Miller: Yes, you must.
Eduard Roschmann: All right, I'm listening.
Peter Miller: He left behind a diary.
Eduard Roschmann: Is that why you came? Because of the diary of some old Jew? A dead man's diary is no evidence.
[...]
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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 »

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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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remarkable in many ways, including historical facts
28 January 2011 | by cmeneken-1See all my reviews

This film is remarkable on many levels, but two stand out: 1) the realistic portrayal of the events in Riga, wherein thousands of Jews were massacred by the Nazis, and 2) the fact that the "butcher" of these events in the film was not a fictional ploy but an actual SS officer named, as in the film, Rosschmann. The latter point is of interest, since the film provoked a world wide hunt for this murderer, who was located in South America, and who then fled to Paraguay where he died in 1977. The first part of the film is near perfect, though it gets more melodramatic in the latter part, with a number of unconvincing dramatic events added. One example: the journalist(Voight)attacking the burly professional hit man sent to kill him, and then actually winning a hand to hand struggle with him.


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