The Odessa File (1974)


“[Peter Miller’s first lines; he pulls to the curb after hearing about the assassination of John F. Kennedy on the radio] Events that can change history sometimes hang on tiny chances. If I hadn’t pulled to the curb, I wouldn’t have caught the traffic light, nor seen the ambulance, never have heard of Salomon Tauber or Eduard Roschmann. Nor got involved with the agents of Israel, or with the sinister and deadly men behind the Odessa. That night I was just a reporter with a nose for a possible story. ” – Peter Miller

Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Mar 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A reporter gets access to the diary of a deceased Concentration Camp survivor which points to information that there may be a secret society aiding wanted Nazi’s.

My Take on it – I have always enjoyed a good thriller and this film fits that bill really well.

The way that they are able to combine investigative reporting with international espionage works really well here to give us some an engaging and thrilling story that seems to have been taken right from the headlines of the mid 1960’s.

The pacing of the story works really well and they are able to keep the tension level quite high the whole time while still keeping things really intriguing and interesting.

The cast of this film is excellent and Jon Voight is a perfect choice in the lead role.

The story itself is quite fascinating especially since it is a mix of fact and fiction entwined together to a point where it’s hard to decipher which is which.

This helps make the story even more poignant and thrilling.

This is another great example of how it’s possible to properly adapt a novel to the screen and this along with author Fredrick Forsyth’s The Day of the Jackal (1973) show that his thrillers can be kept interesting when transitioned to the screen.

I now, definitely want to find a copy of this book to read and hope it will be as thrilling , if not even moreso.

Bottom Line – Great thriller that is able to combine investigative reporting with international espionage. The way things move along is great because it manages to keep the tension alive the whole time while still remaining interesting.  The cast is excellent with Voight doing a great job in the lead. The story itself is fascinating and the fact that parts of the story are based on true events, allows for it all to feel so much more poignant.  This is a great Fredrick Forsyth adapted film and along with the adaptation of The Day of the Jackal (1973) proves that it’s possible to translate his books to the screen while keeping them thrilling and engaging the entire time. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Eduard Roschmann was a real-life wanted war criminal living in South America. He became even more wanted after the book and movie, and he turned up dead, rumored to have been killed by ODESSA to stop the search for him that the media had begun. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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