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The Odessa File
After reading the diary of an elderly Jewish man who committed suicide, freelance journalist Peter Miller begins to investigate the alleged sighting of a former SS-Captain who commanded a concentration camp during World War II. Miller eventually finds himself involved with the powerful organization of former SS members, called ODESSA, as well as with the Israeli secret service. Miller probes deepe
Effective Cold War spy thriller. Jon Voight is good although his accent isn't always convincing. He's a pressman trying to locate a shadowy war figure who has disappeared, and with the backdrop of the Kennedy assassinations and a Europe who doesn't trust anyone else, he finds his investigation hard going. A sparkling supporting cast and good production values make this a solid piece of entertainment, if an unexceptional one.
Conspiracy thrillers were all the rage back in the seventies. Numerous novelists were doing brisk business in the bookshops and in turn many were turned into some great movies.
Ronald Neame followed up his disaster film "The Poseidon Adventure" with this thriller starring Jon Voight. Set in 1963, this sees a young German journalist drawn into a deadly game of cat and mouse with a clandestine organisation of ex- Nazis. "Odessa" was a secret society for former SS officers evading war crimes that had embedded themselves in every facet of German life. Policeman, judges,politicians, these men were everywhere, protected by the sinister organisation with powerful connections.
The story revolves around Voight's character Peter Miller who stumbles upon a diary of…
Another conspiracy movie shot in panavision watched over the long Easter weekend.
The first half of the movie is shackled somewhat by the Forsyth novel on which the movie is based, putting us through some prolonged exposition and even a little bit of unnecessary voice over, which is wisely dropped later on as the pace picks up and the story becomes less burdened by setting the scene.
We are treated to some beautiful location photography and the director manages to capture the post war vibrancy of the West German locations.
Jon Voight is good, though a little hampered by having to hold the accent. Great to see a cameo role from Derek Jacobi as a printer in the clutches of the nefarious OdeSSa organisation.
Certainly not one of the best thrillers of it's time, but enjoyable all the same.
A solid, old-school thriller and a strong one-man vehicle for Voight to shine in. A little too convoluted bit good Saturday afternoon entertainment.
I have not seen this since the 80s. I remember liking it back then so I looked forward to a rewatch. I was a little disappointed. I think what I liked in the 80s was more the idea behind the film rather than the film itself. Jon Voight plays a German journalist who is investigating a secret organisation called ODESSA. It stands for "Organisation der ehemaligen SS-Angehörigen" which in English would be "Organization of former SS members." It is said to be based on true events.
Jon Voight is rather stiff in this film. I guess he was trying to be German in his mannerism and he even speaks English with a German accent (so do others who are supposed…
Viewed on Netflix
That is when the film started to lose its grip on me.
The beginning of The Odessa File is great.
The story of an old man's diary from his time in a concentration camp propels
a freelance reporter on the hunt for a former Nazi.
The film really slows down in the second half thought, around the time
Jon Voight is sporting....the moustache.
Still, worth a watch.
Meine zweiter(dritter) Kontakt zu Verfilmungen zu Romanen von Frederick Forsyth. Mein erster war die 1997er Verfilmung "Der Jackal" von Michael Caton-Jones. Die habe ich vor langer Zeit im TV gesehen und habe mich mäßig unterhalten gefühlt.
Die Idee mal zu schauen was es noch für Buchverfilmungen von Forsyth gibt hatte ich, als ich "Der Jackal" von 1973 sah. Der Film hat mich dann doch ordentlich beeindruckt.
Und ich wurde nicht enttuscht. Nicht die Klasse wie 73er Jackal aber immer noch ein intelligenter und spannender Polit-Thriller. Ronald Neame hat hier einen wunderbaren Film abgeliefert bei dem ich wundern würde wenn dieser damals in den Kinos nicht erfolgreich war.
Schön ist das fast alle Scenen in Deutschland in den 60er Jahren spielen.…
Aunque Odessa File es una película de culto dentro del cine de espias, toca decir que no hay gran cosa que aporte cinematográficamente a la novela de Frederick Forsyth, de por sí un autor bastante tibio dentro del género. Si no has leído el libro, la película cumple su trabajo: es entretenida, mantiene la tensión y los giros de tuerca son, si bien esperables, simpáticos. La entrega en cambio no es tan interesante. Ni la actuación, ni la coreografía de las escenas o los diálogos logran convencer y más bien adolecen de una lógica cartoony que ni involuntariamente cuadra como para dar risa. Tenía expectativas de algo más impresionante.
November 1963, and German reporter Jon Voight risks death and/or the Village when the diary of a concentration camp survivor leads him to discover a cabal. I have a bad feeling that this could be remade as another Owen Wilson/Ben Stiller vehicle (with Stiller reprising Maximillian Schell’s role). Oh, and yay, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Jon Voight plays Peter Miller, a journalist who gets hold of a diary belonging to an old Jewish man after showing up at the scene of his suicide. The diary talks of Eduard Roschmann, a notorious commandment of the Riga concentration camp who killed the man's wife during the war and evaded capture by the Allies by jumping from a train. The old man, unable to live any longer with this weight on his soul, gassed himself to death and left only the diary as his legacy. Miller decides he must avenge the man and use his journalistic skills to track Roschmann down and bring him to justice.
I haven't read the Frederick Forsyth novel this is based on but…
Spy-story su una organizzazione di ex nazisti che cerca di riprendere
il potere perduto. Un giornalista riesce a sgominare il complotto.
Da un romanzo di Forsyth, non tutto è credibile, ma le due ore di durata si lasciano vedere con discreto interesse.
This is an excellently developed and highly intriguing thriller from the eponymous novel by Frederick Forsyth and directed by Ronald Neame. Set in Hamburg, the film opens on the day of Kennedy's assassination with young German reporter Peter Miller (Jon Voight) attending the suicide of an elderly concentration camp survivor. Peter is passed the dead man’s diary and reads about the events at Riga concentration camp and the heinous activities of the SS camp commandant, Eduard Roschmann (Maximilian Schell). He also learns that Roschmann is still alive and of the existence of an organisation called ODESSA, which translates as the “Organisation of Former Members of the SS”. Peter learns that Roschmann now heads up a high-tech firm that is working…
A fine seventies Euro thriller, although it's slow pace and bloated running time means it overly sags in the middle.
I can't imagine Jon Voight being anyone's favourite actor.
Neame is pretty weak as a director, but the build up until we finally corner Maximillian Schell is well paced, and the movie is a great time capsule peak into 1970 West Germany, with its cars and capitalist dreams.