The Odessa File

The Odessa File

DVD - 1999
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In 1963, in Hamburg, Germany, a diary falls into the hands of freelance newspaperman Peter Miller. The diary documents the unspeakable crimes perpetrated by SS Captain Eduard Roschmann, commandant of the notorious wartime deathcamp at Riga, Latvia. Miller's personal manhunt to track down Roschmann leads him into the very heart of ODESSA, a powerful secret organization formed by the SS to protect and re-establish its fugitive members throughout the world.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Video, [1999]
Edition: DVD edition widescreen version on side A full screen version on side B.
Copyright Date: ℗♭1999
ISBN: 9780767828178
Branch Call Number: 791.4372 ODESSA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 130 min.) : sound, color, monophonic ; 4 3/4 in.


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Dec 10, 2018

Great story line and good acting. I like Voight as an actor and he does a credible job as a writer.

Nov 23, 2017

I liked this DVD. The script is strong. It was well acted. It felt real watching it. It is likely too scary for children. Lots of sleuthing, spy action.

Oct 10, 2017

I liked this DVD. There is some violence that is not appropriate for children. It keeps you in suspense and moves at a great pace. The ending may surprise you.

Jul 30, 2016

1974's "The Odessa File," based on the Frederick Forsyth novel, is a bit paranoid thriller (very hot in the 70s) and part tracking down ex-Nazis movie. Set in the early 60s, Jon Voight (good, but with a distracting German accent) plays a journalist who stumbles on a secretive organization of former S.S. officers. It's not entirely clear why he has to be the one to track them down, which is a key flaw in the plotting. It's slow moving, but well-acted and if not exactly suspenseful, engaging. Maximillian Schell plays the S.S. officer, Derek Jacobi has a small part as a forger, and famed Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal briefly appears as a character. Other adaptations of Forsyth novels are "The Day of the Jackal," "The Dogs of War," and "The Jackal."

jpozenel Sep 20, 2015

Good story but some of the special effects depicting violence seemed quite crude by today's standards and those of that time as well, and lack the impact that they should have.

aaa5756 Aug 03, 2012

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

Aug 10, 2011

A tenacious reporter hunted down a SS commander of a concentration camp in the early '60 in Germany. Surprised at the ending.


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