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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

Aug 28, 2001

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (5) | DVD (7)

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.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The film makes its points methodically, almost academically.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The surprises increasingly fail to surprise.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Above average spy adventure w/young Jon Voight.

June 21, 2008
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Neame's uninspired direction has a great performance by Jon Voight get thrown under the train.

January 27, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Genuinely effective thriller.

March 29, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Tightly plotted and for the most part pretty convincing Cold War thriller built around a typically muscular performance by Voight.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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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.
November 1, 2011
Lucas Martins

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A yawner.
February 10, 2010
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jay nixon

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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.
October 5, 2009
imrealgod

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    1. Peter Miller: Daddy don't go, mama come home!
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