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The Odessa File 1974 123movies

The Odessa File 1974 123movies

Hamburg, Germany. 1963. Peter Miller is going inside the dreaded Odessa. More than a few people hope he doesn't get out... ever.Oct. 17, 1974130 Min.
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Watch: The Odessa File 1974 123movies, Full Movie Online – 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 S.S. Captain who commanded a concentration camp during World War II. Miller eventually finds himself involved with the powerful organization of former S.S. members, called “O.D.E.S.S.A.”, as well as with the Israeli secret service. Miller probes deeper and eventually discovers a link between the S.S. Captain, “O.D.E.S.S.A.”, and his own family..
Plot: 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 organisation of former SS members—called ODESSA—as well as with the Israeli secret service. Miller probes deeper and eventually discovers a link between the SS-Captain, ODESSA and his own family.
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Scooping The Fourth Reich
Woodward and Bernstein may have been intrepid, but they have nothing on Peter Miller, a freelance reporter who goes underground to reveal Nazis working in postwar West Germany to destroy Israel, circa early 1964.

Okay, Miller isn’t real, but rather a character in Frederick Forsyth’s novel “The Odessa File” brought to screen in 1974 with Jon Voight in the role of Miller. Not to be confused with the later, weaker Nazi-hunting potboiler “Boys From Brazil” (though the real-life Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal is a character in both), “Odessa File” benefits from a very involving opening and a clever, cathartic twist of a closer, though the two-plus-hour film gets soggier than sauerkraut much of the time in between.

Are we speaking German in this movie, or English? Director Ronald Neame can’t seem to make up his mind, and it’s a bit disconcerting to hear an old German army vet give a speech in accented English before his comrades break into a Teutonic sing-along. Voight often seems lost in a film where he is bounced around like a pinball, his gaze like that of a deer in the headlights, albeit a righteous deer. A lot of the actors around him similarly feel unmotivated, even the great Maximilian Schell who plays Miller’s chief prey, a former camp commandant named Eduard Roschmann. Efficient though Roschmann may be, there are some gaping holes in the Nazi secondary Miller more stumbles through than exploits.

“The Odessa File” also has one of the oddest movie scores, fronted by a credit theme which, as all taut thrillers must, features Perry Como and a children’s Christmas chorus. I kid you not. The incidental music is electronically processed ’70s drivel that seems more suited for “Logan’s Run,” and was the brainchild of none other than Andrew Lloyd Webber, apparently wanting to try something different while waiting for inspiration for another libretto to strike then-partner Tim Rice.

But the film does deliver in the suspense department, setting up a nicely paranoid atmosphere wherein the sweet woman sent by the police to look after your girlfriend could be a spy helping a team of killers track you down. It may oversell the reach of the real ODESSA, a Nazi relocation group, in West Germany, but the screen treatment is at times quite gripping and believable, and of course features Nazis as bad guys, which seldom fails for entertainment.

You understand a bit of the mania behind Miller’s actions, if not exactly his methods, when you see in flashback the way Roschmann handles his captives at Riga. Even after “Schindler’s List” and other films have presented the same material in more graphic fashion, there’s a lot of power in the scene of a woman looking at her husband before the door of a deadly truck closes over her face, or a moment when Roschmann toys with a man awaiting execution for a giggle.

If it’s not as good as Forsyth’s book, the film suffers from the same faults. The improbability of the scenes grows more apparent with repeat viewings, but a first-timer will likely be too involved much of the time to pay this much mind. And, like the novel, “Odessa File” the movie has a good heart. And what an ending! Don’t let anyone spoil that for you, if you are the least bit tempted about seeing this; see it for yourself.

Review By: slokes
A gripping thriller
This thriller opens in 1963 with a brief prologue where we see Israeli intelligence officers discussing an Egyptian plan to launch a biochemical attack on Israel; the only thing the Egyptians require is a missile component being made in West Germany. The action then moves to West Germany where Peter Miller, a freelance reporter with an eye for a story, follows an ambulance only to discover it was just going to an old man who had committed suicide. The next day the investigating police officer gives Peter the old man’s dairy thinking it might make a human interest story… it does far more than that though; it tells of how he had survived Riga concentration camp where he’d seen his wife killed at the orders of camp commandant Eduard Roschmann, the dairy goes on to allege that Roschmann is still alive having been given a new identity by an organisation known as ODESSA. Having read the dairy Miller is determined to find Roschmann and expose ODESSA; it soon becomes clear it reaches deep into the West German state and it isn’t long before an attempt is made on his life. With few clues in Germany he heads to Vienna to see Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal; not long after that he is approached by Israeli intelligence; they have a plan to send him undercover into ODESSA; a dangerous task where exposure could mean death but success could destroy ODESSA.

Most thrillers seem to be packed with action however this one keeps things tense with a feeling of almost constant danger; this means when the few action scenes do come they feel more intense. Jon Voight does a fine job as protagonist Peter Miller; it was good to have a thriller about Nazis where the hero is German; even if he isn’t played by one! Maximilian Schell only has a fairly small role as Roschmann but he makes the character quite chilling due to the way he first denies having anything to do with the slaughter in Riga, then making out that it was nothing important then finally boasting of the greatness of the SS. The story is well told and kept me gripped from the moment we learnt the contents of the old man’s dairy… just the time Miller got gripped by the story too! If there is a flaw it was the suddenness of the end and the way he managed to find Roschmann alone in a castle; still the story demanded that they be alone together for their final talk so that improbability can be forgiven. Overall this is definitely worth watching if you like your thrillers tense and don’t demand nonstop action and special effects.

Review By: Tweekums

Other Information:

Original Title The Odessa File
Release Date 1974-10-17
Release Year 1974

Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 10 min (130 min), 2 hr (120 min) (Germany)
Budget 0
Revenue 0
Status Released
Rated PG
Genre Drama, Thriller
Director Ronald Neame
Writer Frederick Forsyth, Kenneth Ross, George Markstein
Actors Jon Voight, Maximilian Schell, Maria Schell
Country United Kingdom, West Germany
Awards N/A
Production Company N/A
Website N/A


Technical Information:

Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1 (anamorphic)
Camera N/A
Laboratory N/A
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm

The Odessa File 1974 123movies
The Odessa File 1974 123movies
The Odessa File 1974 123movies
The Odessa File 1974 123movies
The Odessa File 1974 123movies
The Odessa File 1974 123movies
The Odessa File 1974 123movies
The Odessa File 1974 123movies
The Odessa File 1974 123movies
Original title The Odessa File
TMDb Rating 6.667 150 votes

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