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  • Actors: Jon Voight, Maximilian Schell, Maria Schell, Mary Tamm, Derek Jacobi
  • Directors: Ronald Neame
  • Writers: Frederick Forsyth, George Markstein, Kenneth Ross
  • Producers: John R. Sloan, John Woolf
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: French, German, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Hindi, Turkish, Danish, Arabic, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Mar. 2004
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Q8UO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,342 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Germany, the early 1960s. Investigative journalist Peter Miller (Jon Voight) has obtained a diary detailing crimes committed by SS Captain Eduard Roschmann (Maximilian Schell) when he was a WWII concentration camp commandant. Miller sets out to bring Roschmann to justice, but encounters trouble when he comes up against 'Odessa', a secret organisation dedicated to protecting former SS officers and advancing their position in the post-war world.

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Originally released in 1974, The Odessa File is set in Hamburg a decade earlier. Its starting-point is the Nazi support network Odessa, and its involvement with Egyptian plans to destroy Israel. Peter Miller is a freelance journalist whose interest appears initially to be a professional one, before a personal dimension finally becomes apparent in his confrontation with SS Captain Roschmann.

Kenneth Ross adapts a well-honed screenplay from Frederick Forsyth's bestseller, and director Ronald Neame captures a typically Cold War sense of individuals and organisations playing out a scenario of political right and wrong. John Voight, long before he became a cameo star, makes a sympathetic lead, able to judge between the moral and material aspects of his profession. Mary Tamm is photogenic, if uninvolving, as his girlfriend, while Maximillian Schell is a convincing Nazi stereotype. Andrew Lloyd-Weber contributes a serviceable score, centred on the catchy "Christmas Dream" sung by Perry Como. Not a classic suspense thriller, but an enjoyable and thoughtful one.

On the DVD: the letterbox widescreen format preserves the 2.35:1 aspect ratio of the cinema release with decent if not exceptional clarity, with optional 16:9 TV enhancement. There are French, German, Italian and Spanish overdubs, and subtitles in 21 languages. Detailed filmographies for Neame, Voight and Schell are included and the theatrical trailer is to the point in a way they so rarely are these days. --Richard Whitehouse

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44 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Saturnicus VINE VOICE on 28 May 2007
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What a wonderful star studded cast. I saw this film when first released - yes that was a long time ago - and the memory of it has lingered. It is superbly atmospheric, the music is outstanding, and the story enthralling. It is great to see so many famous names as they were thirty-plus years ago years ago and how well they have done in between. To the younger generation it is probably nothing more than history, but to my generation it was relevant. They do not make them like this nowadays.

If you have not seen it, then watch it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dobey on 12 Aug. 2012
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bad reviews on here are because of the shoddy dvd that this was on. This blu ray looks outstanding! Image has released some bad blu rays but this isn't one of them. The storyline is a good one about post war nazis and it takes place in 1963. The movie was made in 1974 though and you wouldn't know it! by then germany was very much rebuilt, unlike 1963 or older. A very young mary tamm is in this one, she went on to make many films and tv appearances right up to 2009 , when she got cancer and she just recently died. rip. She aged very well too. But here we catch joh voight at his hieght of stardom still. He is excellent and really carries this movie well. There was a real odessa of course and the group did smuggle nazis to freedom. This makes this all the more of a good story here. Max shell is in here too and he is never anything but great so this should appeal to drama and conspiracy fans too. The blu ray is worth every penny too. with movies this old you just never know how it's going to look. this one will make you happy.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By George Henderson on 24 May 2010
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Another great Frederick Forsyth adaption good story and as always with Forsyth impeccably researched does anyone remember the tv segment he did about identity fraud and how easy it was to become someone else? Anyway back to Odessa a very low key movie slowly gathering momentum yet never dragging on.Then there's the contrast between the cheery christmas tune Perry Como I think
and the sinister insidious goings on in the background and how innocently Jon Voight becomes embroiled with the deadly Odessa.
This is a fine 70's movie which unfairly basks in the shadow of the also brilliant Day of the Jackal,which got a dreadful remake some years back anyone remake Odessa? second thought maybe not!!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By foggybottom on 19 Jan. 2010
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The Odessa File [DVD] [1974]

The widescreen version is not available stateside, so this is a great chance to see a film that really suffers from the pan and scan treatment. A non-regional player is a must, of course.

The music plays with your head, too. You'll never hear Perry Como and the 'Christmas Dream' song the same way again after listening to it in its first context as this movie's theme. And who would have thought Webber and Rice would have composed and written the score and song lyrics for such a dark thriller. Und die deutschen/Nazi kinder...ausgezeichnet!

Lots of fun and surprises. Merry Christmas, indeed.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Clark Gillies on 7 July 2006
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I was told that after seeing "Day of the Jackel" that I had to see this movie, and it did not dissapoint any way or form!!! (I actually prefer it to "Day of the Jackel" now)

A really gripping story that really easy to follow, with a great twist at the end which I never saw comming.

Starts off pretty slow and we are not sure what we are actually suppose to be watching, but then once it develops everything falls into place and the movie turns into a really gripping film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. F. Martin on 31 Mar. 2013
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After 'Midnight Cowboy' I wasn't expecting much from John Voight. Having watched him in 'The Odessa File' he was extremely good, backed up by a good cast ,particularly Maximilian Schell. The subject matter or Plot was very near to the truth and therefore highly plausible. Even though the movie is several years old, it still has current day value and is worth watching. It will remain in my collection.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Flickering Ember TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Mar. 2010
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I've not read the novel on which this is based, but really enjoyed the film as a history fan with a particular interest in the 20th century.

As another reviewer has said, the film starts out slowly but soon gathers pace and is gripping, culminating in an unexpected twist.

The acting is superb and captures the human interest side of the storyline and the emotions which come with this.

If I have one criticism to make, it would be of the soundtrack; John Barry would have done it so much better. I felt at times that Andrew Lloyd Webber made an inappropriate, almost detrimental contribution to the film.
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Super Aryan (John Voight) was created to kill the enemies of the Reich. The whole intent was for him to impregnate the tanks of the enemy with the wonderful killing device that was the 88 mm gun.

There is nothing worse than having your own weapon turn against you.

This is quite the best film about the holocaust. It is no didactic Speilburg epic.

Certain individuals "roll" without constraint. Wiping out the Jews was kind of incidental.

"Well we played the game a bit harder back then and a few individuals got ground beneath the wheels. So what? Life goes on. We were all doing it and to not do it would result in one's own terminus. It was not wrong (what is wrong?) and when the Amis re-wrote the rules we covered our backs."

Now this makes it all real. There are plenty out there today who would play that game. We wonder where all the Nazi players came from: they are still there but society's constraint prevents them from getting inventive.

This film is about justice in its rawest form. They are made to look at their crimes and to pay.

And on top of this film has probably the greatest plot twist of any film I have watched.
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