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
hasn't aged well
Exceptionally tedious so-called thriller that fails on almost every conceivable level. Andrew Lloyd Webber's score must rank as one of the worst to ever grace the big screen, sounding clunky and completely out of place whenever it invades the soundtrack, and should surely have tipped off anyone hearing it that he should never be allowed near a musical instrument again. The transitions between scenes are almost always far too abrupt and instead of granting the movie a swift pace they end up killing any sort of tension or interest the plot might develop. The decision to have some actors speak in German while the majority merely adopt accents is baffling and adds to the illogicalities of the film. Jon Voight…
Kinda boring, but Jon Voight had a funny accent and I am always down with Nazi Conspiracies. Also, Young Jon Voight is always hotter than I remember, especially speaking shitty German accented English. I really enjoyed the beginning - weird Nazi opening, followed by massive word scrawl explaining it was A True Story, followed by Voight's strange bit of narration - all of that stuff was great. Unfortunately, the movie didn't really live up to the opening, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.
Another interesting piece of 70's filmmaking continuing the trend of good thrillers so prevalent in that decade.
Although filmed in 74 the events happen 10 years earlier, cleverly anchored in time by the momentous assassination of JFK 22/11/63 playing on the radio at the start.
This is a powerful story that centres on the search for Nazi war criminals who use a secret organisation 'The Odessa' to escape justice. The movie covers a dark period in history and attempts to bring light onto a shameful secret of just how many Nazi's were allowed to disappear after the war.
Using Jon Voights ideallistic reporter it raises the issue of the new Germany of the 60's battling the old entrenched ideals of…
Engaging and tense spy thriller. Really enjoyed it.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The true events that inspired this movie provided more potential than it quite lived up to. Still, a young Voight is mostly convincing as the reporter-turned-spy and there are several thrilling moments of espionage (but not enough of them).
Jon Voight goes undercover as a former SS officer and hunts Nazi survivors in this tense and often beautifully shot '70s thriller. It's a little on the methodical side, but buoyed by great performances by Voight (probably his last really good one) and Maximilian Schell, plus there's a tense climax that brings in a nice twist to make it all worthwhile. The realistic concentration camp sequence and scenes of old party Nazi loyalty, such as the German beer hall meeting, still arouse disgust and bring home just what Voight's investigative reporter character is trying to accomplish. Those that criticize the film's curious musical score--Perry Como's accordion-laced "Christmas Dream" is the theme--should pay closer attention to its dark lyrics.