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The Odessa File

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Ronald Neame

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About the Movie

The year is 1963. The place: Hamburg, Germany. An elderly Jewish man commits suicide, leaving a diary which falls into the hands of a freelance newspaperman, Peter Miller (Jon Voight). The diary documents the unspeakable crimes of cruelty, torture and mass murder perpetrated by SS Captain Eduard Roschmann (Maximilian Schell), commandant of the notorious wartime death camp at Riga, Latvia. Miller launches a personal manhunt to track down Roschmann, an investigation that 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. When Miller finds Roschmann, he learns that the former Nazi is now the leader of a weaponry complex of international, strategic consequence.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 14
  • Fresh: 9
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: The film makes its points methodically, almost academically. – Nora Sayre, New York Times, Mar 27, 2009

Fresh: Tightly plotted and for the most part pretty convincing Cold War thriller built around a typically muscular performance by Voight. – Film4, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

The Odessa File

A truly great movie of its time-- does very well to explain the post WWII Europe and its roll over into the Cold War.
Look for this movie to fall victim to many others of its time, and be remade, although most production company's wont touch it these days due to the ties to Isreal. Jon Voight is amazing, and Maximillian is superb. full of action and suspense and twists, as an original "reporter following a lead" type story and gets in way over his head.
I loved the first time I saw it as a boy and love it still today.

The book was better.

Follows the first half of the book then it appears the producers decided to cut back to save money.

A solid film

I felt that the age transformation of Voigt's character in the pre-digital age was excellent with a good story line. While slow in some scenes, I was riveted and surprised at the ending. Excellent performance for both Schell and Voigt.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2000

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