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The Odessa File

Movie poster by Bill Gold Illustration by Howard Terpning
Directed by Ronald Neame
Produced by John Woolf
Written by Kenneth Ross
George Markstein
Starring Jon Voight
Maximilian Schell
Maria Schell
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Cinematography Oswald Morris
Editing by Ralph Kemplen
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) 18 October 1974
Running time 130 min
Country UK / West Germany
Language English

The Odessa File is a 1974 film adaptation of the thriller novel by Frederick Forsyth, about a struggle between a young German reporter and the ODESSA, an organization for ex-Nazis. The film stars Jon Voight and was directed by Ronald Neame, with a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber.


Plot summary

The plot begins on 22 November 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Peter Miller, a young German reporter, happens to see an ambulance on a highway. He chases the ambulance and discovers it is en route to pick up the body of an elderly Jewish Holocaust survivor who had committed suicide, leaving behind no family. The reporter obtains the diary of the man, which contains information on his life in the World War II camps, and the names of members of the SS who ran the camp. Miller is startled to read in it that an SS officer, Eduard Roschmann, had in anger fatally shot a fellow officer whose description and rare military decorations matched those of Miller's father, who was killed in the war. Now determined to hunt Roschmann down and get revenge, Miller dares to go undercover to join and infiltrate the ODESSA and find Roschmann.

The movie's theme song was "Christmas Dream".


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