Odessa File

Odessa File

4.2 5
Director: Ronald Neame

Cast: Jon Voight, Maximilian Schell, Maria Schell

     
 

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The Odessa File is set in Hamburg in the winter of 1963. Jon Voight plays Peter Miller, a German reporter who is investigating the whereabouts of missing Nazi war criminals. After reading the diary of a Holocaust survivor who has recently committed suicide, Miller goes on the trail of in-hiding SS officer Eduard Roschmann (Maximilian Schell). The reporter findsSee more details below

Overview

The Odessa File is set in Hamburg in the winter of 1963. Jon Voight plays Peter Miller, a German reporter who is investigating the whereabouts of missing Nazi war criminals. After reading the diary of a Holocaust survivor who has recently committed suicide, Miller goes on the trail of in-hiding SS officer Eduard Roschmann (Maximilian Schell). The reporter finds his investigation blocked by members of a secretive group called Odessa. With the help of Israeli activists, Miller persists in his search. Schell's sister Maria also appears in The Odessa File as Miller's mother, the widow of a German soldier. Based on a nailbiting novel by Frederick Forsyth, The Odessa File is highlighted by the exquisitely Teutonic score of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A taut, densely plotted thriller, The Odessa File belongs to the genre of political thrillers that became especially popular in the wake of World War II and the ensuing Cold War. Although screenwriters George Markstein and Kenneth Ross have taken a few liberties with the Frederick Forsyth novel upon which the film is based, they have done their work well. There are a few moments that don't quite work, most crucially the key moment that starts the whole ball rolling (it stretches credulity to believe that a policeman would hand over the important diary to a reporter, no real questions asked); but the plot is so interesting that most will be willing to overlook these few flaws. The film is also slow to get started, and director Ronald Neame's work throughout is competent and professional without being inspired or surprising. Fortunately, Jon Voight's stellar performance provides enough fireworks to make up for Neame's understated approach. Voight's intense, but appealing, characterization is rock solid and provides easy and crucial viewer identification. He picks the audience up and puts it in his pocket early on, and never lets it out. The star gets valuable support from Maximilian Schell's evil-personified villain, the kind of character that, in lesser hands, would come across as laughably one-dimensional, but that Schell makes entirely believable. The interplay between these two powerful actors is marvelous, and provides a powerful climax.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2010
UPC:
0014381688528
Original Release:
1974
Rating:
PG
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
2:08:00
Sales rank:
17,058

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jon Voight Peter Miller
Maximilian Schell Eduard Roschmann
Maria Schell Frau Miller
Mary Tamm Sigi
Derek Jacobi Klaus Wenzer
Shmuel Rodensky Simon Wiesenthal
Werner Bruhns Magazine Publisher Hoffmann
Georg Marischka Lawyer
Joachim D. Mues Wehrmacht Captain
Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel Frau Wenzer
Peter Jeffrey David Porath
Klaus Löwitsch Gustav MacKensen
Hannes Messemer Gen. Glocks
Garfield Morgan Israeli General
Ernst Schroeder Werner Deilman
Noel Willman Franz Bayer
Hans Caninberg Dr. Ferdinand Schultz
Heinz Ehrenfreund Shapira
Alexander Golling Colonel
Towje Kleiner Solomon Tauber
Günter Meisner Gen. Greifer
Til Kiwe Medal Shop Proprietor
Cyril Shaps Tauber
Gunnar Moeller Karl Braun
Martin Brandt Marx
Kurt Meisel Oster
Günter Strack Police Official Kunik
Hans Wyprächtiger Landlord

Technical Credits
Ronald Neame Director
Derek Ball Sound/Sound Designer
Monika Bauert Costumes/Costume Designer
Colin Brewer Asst. Director
Andre Heller Songwriter
Ralph Kemplen Editor
George Markstein Screenwriter
Gordon K. McCallum Sound/Sound Designer
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Kenneth Ross Screenwriter
John R. Sloan Producer
Andrew Lloyd Webber Score Composer
John Woolf Producer
Rolf Zehetbauer Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
0. scene selections
1. Start [6:52]
2. Suicide [1:46]
3. Sigi [3:00]
4. Tauber'S Diary [1:21]
5. The Butcher Of Riga [1:21]
6. Roschmann'S Hobby [1:18]
7. A Strange Van [2:20]
8. October 11, 1944 [4:13]
9. Frau Miller [3:14]
10. Marx [3:56]
11. Room 223 [2:11]
12. Division Siegfried [7:36]
13. Train Accident [5:56]
14. Simon Wiesenthal [10:49]
15. "Where Is Miller?" [2:43]
16. Israeli Intelligence [4:19]
17. Precise Training [4:17]
18. Iron Cross 2nd Class [1:41]
19. Franz Bayer [12:30]
20. Klaus Wenzer [4:14]
21. The Set-Up [6:05]
22. Father Paul [2:39]
23. Assassin Assassinated [5:48]
24. Odessa File [11:21]
25. Schloss Infiltration [4:12]
26. Peter Meets Roschmann [6:36]
27. The Man He Killed [2:46]
28. Justice Is Done Now [3:13]
Side #2 -- Full Screen
0. scene selections
1. Start [6:52]
2. Suicide [1:46]
3. Sigi [3:00]
4. Tauber'S Diary [1:21]
5. The Butcher Of Riga [1:21]
6. Roschmann'S Hobby [1:18]
7. A Strange Van [2:20]
8. October 11, 1944 [4:13]
9. Frau Miller [3:14]
10. Marx [3:56]
11. Room 223 [2:11]
12. Division Siegfried [7:36]
13. Train Accident [5:56]
14. Simon Wiesenthal [10:49]
15. "Where Is Miller?" [2:43]
16. Israeli Intelligence [4:19]
17. Precise Training [4:17]
18. Iron Cross 2nd Class [1:41]
19. Franz Bayer [12:30]
20. Klaus Wenzer [4:14]
21. The Set-Up [6:05]
22. Father Paul [2:39]
23. Assassin Assassinated [5:48]
24. Odessa File [11:21]
25. Schloss Infiltration [4:12]
26. Peter Meets Roschmann [6:36]
27. The Man He Killed [2:46]
28. Justice Is Done [3:13]

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