The Odessa File

  • 1974
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Thriller, War

Set in 1963, this fine, fast-paced, edge-of-the-seat international thriller revolves around the efforts of Peter Miller (Jon Voight), a reporter and son of a WW II German soldier, to track down some SS men who mysteriously vanished after the war. Miller comes across the diary of a death camp survivor; after reading the chilling narrative, he begins his...read more

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Set in 1963, this fine, fast-paced, edge-of-the-seat international thriller revolves around the efforts of Peter Miller (Jon Voight), a reporter and son of a WW II German soldier, to track down some SS men who mysteriously vanished after the war. Miller comes across the diary of a death

camp survivor; after reading the chilling narrative, he begins his search for Eduard Roschmann (Maximilian Schell), a Nazi who has gone into hiding. The investigation is sidetracked by members of Odessa, a secret group of former Nazis who realize that Miller poses a threat to their existence and

who send a hit man after him. With the help of Israeli intelligence and lots of makeup, Miller assumes a new identity and infiltrates Odessa en route to a plot-twisting finale. Maria Schell, cast as the mother of Voight's character, is actually only 12 years older than Voight, but her cameo

performance is so strong that one never notices. Voight's Miller is another in his gallery of superior portraits. Producer John Woolf and cowriter Kenneth Ross collaborated on another adaptation of a Frederick Forsyth novel, the excellent DAY OF THE JACKAL. Although this time around their film is

a bit too long and very convoluted, it's still a rewarding experience if one concentrates on the subtleties.

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  • Released: 1974
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Set in 1963, this fine, fast-paced, edge-of-the-seat international thriller revolves around the efforts of Peter Miller (Jon Voight), a reporter and son of a WW II German soldier, to track down some SS men who mysteriously vanished after the war. Miller co… (more)

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