- 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00005Q8UO
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The Odessa File [DVD]
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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.
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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If you have not seen it, then watch it.
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.
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.
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!!!
It is definitely a Forsyth story with a good mixture of fact, myth, and plausibility. Well it could happen. The film is permeated with rising action; in several places you have no time to catch your breath. You will find your self kibitzing as "Don't make that phone call!"
The story was best told with black and white flashbacks to explain what happened in history to support today's (1974) action.
Reporter, Peter Miller comes in possession of a diary of a man that survived Riga concentration camp. Something he reads encourages him to seek SS Captain Eduard Roschmann, the commandant of the camp, who was presumed dead. In his endeavor he is thwarted at every turn by the authorities. Finally one posing as a doctor confirms Roshmann's existence by his very insistent that Roschmann is dead.
In the beginning we hear of President Kennedy's death which triggers the end of innocents. This combined with the overlapping plot of the Egyptians to build missiles, overlays Peter's personal pursuit with that of a Jewish organization attempting to infiltrate the Odessa (Organisation der ehemaligen SS-Angehörigen),an organization to reorganize and protect prominent people that where in the "National Socialist German Workers' Party".
Will Peter succeed with his mission (what ever it is) or will he be hindered by the Jewish organization? Will the organization succeed in thwarting the Egyptian missile plot or be hindered by Peter? Is SS Captain Roschmann still alive and if so what is he up to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love this film and have watched many times, one of the classics that bears reairing. A well thought story with many twists and turns and love the music.Published 29 days ago by Di's glasses
A great film with excellent picture quality, the sound however had to be turned way up to hear it, but a great dvd none the less.Published 1 month ago by rex
Well, of course Frederick Forsyth is a world class thriller writer, if not the top one ever. How could I possibly select Odessa for pre-eminence
above "The Veteran",... Read more
Well acted and a timeless story from a great author. Well worth revisiting.Published 2 months ago by Ryanswhiskey
It's been a long time since I last saw this film, and I'd almost forgotten what a great movie it is. A good, tight adaptation of what I feel is Frederick Forsyth's best novel. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lorenzo Bedini
Excellent film adaptation of the Frederick Forsyth novel about a young German reporter who while investigating the suicide of an elderly WW2 jew stumbles upon a escaped war... Read morePublished 3 months ago by NDalby