The ODESSA File



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.

The plot begins on November 22, 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 contains an elderly Jewish Holocaust survivor who had committed suicide. 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. He makes up his mind to hunt the Nazi Eduard Roschmann who is mentioned in the diary, not just for a sensational cover story, but for a more serious personal reason.

Real-life investigator of Nazi war criminals Simon Wiesenthal makes a brief appearance as a character in the story.

While in the book, Roschmann escapes back to South America at the end, in the film he is shot dead after he pulls a gun on Peter Miller.

Cast:

* Jon Voight - Peter Miller
* Maximilian Schell - Eduard Roschmann
* Maria Schell - Frau Miller
* Mary Tamm - Sigi
* Derek Jacobi - Klaus Wenzer
* Peter Jeffrey - David Porath
* Klaus Löwitsch - Gustav Mackensen
* Kurt Meisel - Alfred Oster
* Hannes Messemer - General Richard Glücks
* Garfield Morgan - Israeli General
* Shmuel Rodensky - Simon Wiesenthal
* Ernst Schröder - Werner Deilman
* Günter Strack - Kunik
* Noel Willman - Franz Bayer
* Martin Brandt - MarxPermission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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