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The Odessa File

  • Drama
  • 1974
  • Ronald Neame
  • 123 mins
  • PG

Summary

The detailed diaries of a former inmate of a concentration camp fall into the hands of an investigative journalist. Incensed by what he reads, he embarks on a crusade to discover the prison commandant's new identity and expose his crimes to the world. In the process, the trail leads him to a secret organisation that helped Nazi SS officers escape justice. Thriller, based on Frederick Forsyth's novel, starring Jon Voight, Derek Jacobi and siblings Maria and Maximilian Schell.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A terrific Frederick Forsyth plot and impressive production values make this thriller eminently watchable, even if veteran director Ronald Neame lets the pace drag and the length feels excessive. The often undervalued Jon Voight gives a superb performance as the journalist tracking down a concentration camp commandant, his quest hindered at every turn by members of the sinister Odessa organisation. There are several splendid moments, notably a nasty grilling of Voight by slimy Noel Willman, but Derek Jacobi is wasted and female lead Mary Tamm is inadequate, while Maximilian Schell is far too sympathetic for the villain. The screenplay was co-written by former intelligence expert George Markstein, who was also the script editor for TV series The Prisoner.

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Credits

Cast

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Peter MillerJon Voight
Eduard RoschmannMaximilian Schell
Frau MillerMaria Schell
SigiMary Tamm
Klaus WenzerDerek Jacobi
David PorathPeter Jeffrey
Gustav MackensenKlaus Löwitsch
Alfred OsterKurt Meisel
General GlücksHannes Messemer
Israeli GeneralGarfield Morgan
Franz BayerNoel Willman

Crew

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DirectorRonald Neame

Details

Language
English
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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