The Odessa File (1974)




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The Odessa File is set in Hamburg in the winter of 1963. Jon Voight plays Peter Miller, a German reporter who is investigating the whereabouts of missing Nazi war criminals. After reading the diary of a Holocaust survivor who has recently committed suicide, Miller goes on the trail of in-hiding SS officer Eduard Roschmann (Maximilian Schell). The reporter finds his investigation blocked by members of a secretive group called Odessa. With the help of Israeli activists, Miller persists in his … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Frederick Forsyth, Kenneth Ross, George Markstein
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 28, 2001
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


as Peter Miller

as Eduard Roschmann

as Frau Miller

as Sigi

as Klaus Wenzer

as Simon Wiesenthal

as Magazine Publisher H...

as Wehrmacht Captain

as David Porath

as Gustav MacKensen

as Gen. Glocks

as Israeli General

as Werner Deilman

as Franz Bayer

as Dr. Ferdinand Schult...

as Solomon Tauber

as Gen. Greifer

as Medal Shop Proprieto...

as Tauber

as Karl Braun

as Police Official Kuni...
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Critic Reviews for The Odessa File

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Voight's performance gives credibility to his character's obsession, but even that cannot overcome the discrepancy between the deeper themes and the routine nature of this piece of box-office action adventure.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The film makes its points methodically, almost academically.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

The surprises increasingly fail to surprise.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Above average spy adventure w/young Jon Voight.

June 21, 2008

Neame's uninspired direction has a great performance by Jon Voight get thrown under the train.

Full Review… | January 27, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Unfortunately, this ends up being mostly a series of mano-a-mano confrontations behind closed doors, with the "revelations" reaching absurd level by the end.

Full Review… | December 6, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Odessa File

Frederick Forsyth's novel, The Odessa File, adaptation have a terrific work of the Ronald Neame, that make the audience, together with Jon Voight's character, Peter Miller, discover, all that involved. Tense, chilling, fun and extremely good writing. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

A yawner.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Saw it as it was highly applauded by most of the viewers, but unfortunately, it failed to meet my expectations & proved to be just an average fare.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

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