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The Odessa File (1974)

aka The Odessa File

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Details: 130 mins · English, Deutsch · PG (USA)


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On 22 November 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Peter Miller, a young German freelance reporter, pulls to the curb to listen to a radio report of the event in Dallas. As a result he happens to be stopped at a traffic signal as an ambulance passes by on a highway. He chases the ambulance and discovers it is en route to pick up the body of an elderly Jewish Holocaust survivor who had committed suicide, leaving behind no family. The reporter obtains the diary of the man, which contains information on his life in the World War II Riga Ghetto, and the name of the SS officer who ran the camp, Eduard Roschmann. Determined to hunt Roschmann down, Miller dares to go undercover to join and infiltrate the ODESSA and find Roschmann, who now runs a high tech company which plans to send radio gyroscopes and biochemical warheads to Egypt to use against Israel. ODESSA is an acronym for the German phrase "Organisation der Ehemaligen SS-Angehörigen", which translates as “Organization of Former Members of the SS”.

The film's song, "Christmas Dream", is sung by Perry Como.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1974-10-18 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1974-12-20 : Finland

Theatrical : 1974-12-25 : Sweden

Theatrical : 1974-12-26 : Denmark

Theatrical : 1975-01-22 : France

Theatrical : 1975-02-07 : West Germany

Theatrical : 1975-03-01 : Japan

Theatrical : 1975-05-05 : Norway

Theatrical : 1975-12-11 : Spain

Theatrical : 1984-12-08 : Davao