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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.

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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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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK | West Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

25 October 1974 (UK) 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 term ODESSA stands for "Organisation der ehemaligen S.S. Angehörigen", which translates to: Organization of former S.S. members. See more »

Goofs

The Odessa hitman uses a suppressor/silencer screwed onto the barrel of a revolver. Revolvers cannot usually be silenced. See more »

Quotes

Israeli General: [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 ...
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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 Adjust Your Tracking (2013) 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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Nasty Nazis are just beneath the surface
28 September 2005 | by headmaster-1See all my reviews

A great story, which combines twisted plots, chase scenes and the deadly combination of history and the present. One is utterly compelled to wonder exactly how fictional this story is, and also how such an organisation could operate beneath the veneer of respectability. There is no doubt that the motives of all the chief characters are distinct, and the plot forces one to watch as Muller tries to break into the seemingly impenetrable organisation. His journey to find the answers he is looking for, and all due to stopping on the side of the road for a couple of minutes to listen to the radio makes one also wonder what else is out there that should be revealed, but due to cover ups and apathy hasn't been!


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