The Odessa File

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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 ...
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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2010
  • UPC: 014381688528
  • Original Release: 1974
  • Rating:

  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Time: 2:08:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,137

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
Martin Brandt Marx
Werner Bruhns Magazine Publisher Hoffmann
Hans Caninberg Dr. Ferdinand Schultz
Heinz Ehrenfreund Shapira
Alexander Golling Colonel
Peter Jeffrey David Porath
Til Kiwe Medal Shop Proprietor
Towje Kleiner Solomon Tauber
Klaus Löwitsch Gustav MacKensen
Georg Marischka Lawyer
Kurt Meisel Oster
Günter Meisner Gen. Greifer
Hannes Messemer Gen. Glocks
Gunnar Moeller Karl Braun
Garfield Morgan Israeli General
Joachim D. Mues Wehrmacht Captain
Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel Frau Wenzer
Ernst Schroeder Werner Deilman
Cyril Shaps Voice Only
Günter Strack Police Official Kunik
Noel Willman Franz Bayer
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
Tim Rice Songwriter
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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Side #1 -- Widescreen
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      English
      Spanish/Español
   special features
      Talent files
         Ronald Neame (Director)
         Jon Voight
         Maximilian Schell
      Theatrical trailers
         The Odessa File
         Other Films starring Jon Voight: Anaconda
         Other Films starring Jon Voight: U-Turn
Side #2 -- Full Screen
   play movie
   subtitles
      English
      Spanish/Español
   special features
      Talent files
         Ronald Neame (Director)
         Jon Voight
         Maximilian Schell
      Theatrical trailers
         The Odessa File
         Other Films starring Jon Voight: Anaconda
         Other Films starring Jon Voight: U-Turn
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Interesting early version

    It was interesting to see Jon Voight in one of his earlier films. Not great, but a nice movie to watch on a rainy day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Truth of Odessa Revealed by Simon Wiesenthal Himself!

    Odessa was real. Odessa was as real as the Holocaust itself. As real as Der Fuhrer, the paper hanger turned monster mass murderer on a scale unprecendented in the history of the planet, Adolph Hitler, and his all too willing henchmen, Goering, Himmler, Eichmann all were real. As real as "The Final Solution”, as grotesque and horrid as it was, was real. Simon Wiesenthal makes a cameo appearance in the film as testimony to the veracity of the organization created in the final days of World War II solely to save, protect and relocate the most evil men who have ever walked the face of the planet earth. John Voigt does a stellar job as the seemingly naive reporter who sees perhaps the hidden jewel of a story in the journal of an old Jew who had just committed suicide. With the help of his new found friends, Mossad agents, Voigt doggedly pursues the trail of a SS officer relocated and with a new identity, Eduard Rochemann, played equally superbly by Maximillian Schell, a man for whom "The Final Solution" was in summation merely a technical matter. As I have, you don't have to stand gazing at the ovens and gas chambers in the Dacau death camp near Munich, or the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, or on top of Masada as an Israeli Officer takes his oath of office to appreciate the story that this film shares with us. But there's even more, the exquisitely executed twist at the end of the film is so satisfying as to call for an applause and tossing some popcorn. An excellent thriller. An excellent film built around the true story of the organization known as ODESSA. Watch it!!!

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    Posted January 20, 2012

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