The Odessa File (1974, United Kingdom)

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The Odessa File  1974 mystery movie

Running time: 130 minutes

Language: English

German journalist Peter Miller follows an ambulance that is arriving to a address, where elderly Jewish Holocaust survivor has committed suicide. Miller finds a diary of the dead man and reads the story of Eduard Roschmann, the SS officer, who ran the concentration camp. Miller learns that Roschmann survived the war and with help of secret organisation called Odessa he avoided being caught by Allied forces, so he wasn’t judged for his crimes. Miller is determined to find the whereabouts of Roschmann, especially since he was seen in Germany. But to catch Roschmann, or people that were helping him to hide, Miller will have to take a great risk...

Film based on the Frederick Forsyth novel tells the fictious story although the Odessa organization might have existed after World War 2 and helped former SS member to espace from Germany, change identity and avoid being jugded for their war crimes. Film is typical Forsyth story with elements of espionage, secret organizations and political elements. The only weak point is rather slow pace of the movie.

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Our rating

8 / 10

Movie value

7 / 10

Realism factor

2 / 5

Adventure factor

4 / 5

Story complexity

2 / 5


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Creators of The Odessa File

Ronald Neame films

Ronald Neame


Frederick Forsyth films


Kenneth Ross films


George Markstein films


Cast of The Odessa File

Jon Voight films

Jon Voight

as Peter Miller

Maximilian Schell films

Maximilian Schell

as Eduard Roschmann

Maria Schell films

Maria Schell

as Frau Miller

Mary Tamm films

Mary Tamm

as Sigi

Derek Jacobi films

Derek Jacobi

as Klaus Wenzer