The Odessa File (1974)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Political Thriller  |   Run Time - 128 min.  |   Countries - Germany, UK, West Germany  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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The Odessa File is set in Hamburg in the winter of 1963. Jon Voight plays Peter Miller, a German reporter who is investigating the whereabouts of missing Nazi war criminals. After reading the diary of a Holocaust survivor who has recently committed suicide, Miller goes on the trail of in-hiding SS officer Eduard Roschmann (Maximilian Schell). The reporter finds his investigation blocked by members of a secretive group called Odessa. With the help of Israeli activists, Miller persists in his search. Schell's sister Maria also appears in The Odessa File as Miller's mother, the widow of a German soldier. Based on a nailbiting novel by Frederick Forsyth, The Odessa File is highlighted by the exquisitely Teutonic score of Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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Cold-War, diary, investigation, missing-person, Nazi, reporter, war-crimes, Holocaust