Review: ‘The Odessa File’

The Odessa File is an excellent filmization of Frederick Forsyth's novel of a reporter who tracks down former Nazi SS officers still undetected in 1960s Germany.

The Odessa File is an excellent filmization of Frederick Forsyth’s novel of a reporter who tracks down former Nazi SS officers still undetected in 1960s Germany.

Jon Voight’s accidental reading of the diary of a suicide (a Jewish survivor of Nazi prison camps) leads to his attempted infiltration of Odessa, a secret network of SS veterans who have maintained their cover in diverse positions in postwar commerce and government.

Voight’s immediate search is for Maximilian Schell, a quest inhibited by secret Odessa officials, but facilitated by Israeli intelligence agents who also get on his tail.

As Voight establishes his credentials in a superb grilling by Noel Willman, his girl (Mary Tamm) is under close surveillance by Odessa-affiliated police, and Klaus Lowitsch is dispatched to kill him.

The Odessa File

UK - W. Germany

Production

Columbia. Director Ronald Neame; Producer John Woolf, John R. Sloan; Screenplay Kenneth Ross, George Markstein; Camera Oswald Morris; Editor Ralph Kemplen; Music Andrew Lloyd Webber; Art Director Rolf Zehetbauer

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1974. Running time: 128 MIN.

With

Jon Voight Maximilian Schell Maria Schell Mary Tamm Derek Jacobi Shmuel Rodensky
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