Odessa File, The

Date: 1974
Director: Ronald Neame
Production Company: Columbia Pictures Corporation, Domino, Oceanic Filmproduktio

Stars: Jon Voight, Mary Tamm, Maximilian Schell, Maria Schell, Derek Jacobi, Peter Jeffrey
Location(s): Hamburg and Heidelberg (Germany), Jerusalem (Israel), Munich (Germany), Salzburg (Austria), Vienna (Austria)

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After reading the diary of an elderly man who committed suicide a freelance journalist investigates the sighting of a former SS officer who commanded a concentration camp during World War II.

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Journalist Peter Miller drives through the streets of Hamburg. After years of research Martin Green has finally established the exact location in Hamburg, Mönckebergstraße at its junction with Alstertor and Ida-Ehre-Platz. The road layout has changed drastically, this used to be 2 lanes both ways with the tram running up the centre. Now it's a single lane one way street mostly now pedestrianised. (RL)

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The radio reports the death of US President Kennedy as Miller hears sirens. Unknown location.

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A police car speeds past. Unidentified location.

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An ambulance pulls up outside an old apartment block. Unknown location.

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Peter Miller (Jon Voight) stops to investigate the incident. Unknown location.

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The ambulance takes the body of an old man, Salomon Tauber, as Miller asks the police about his death. Unidentified location.

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The following day, Miller questions the apartment block landlord (Hans Wyprächtiger). Unknown location.

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Miller waits and follows Tauber's old friend Marx (Martin Brandt). Unidentified location.

Miller learns that Tauber and Marx were survivors of the holocaust. Elbchaussee, just before the Teufelsbrucker Platz in Hamburg claims Simon Macleod.

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Mark O'Neill took a nice boat trip to this location however, there was nothing to do once there.

Miller and his girlfriend Sigi (Mary Tamm) head for the U-Bahn after Christmas shopping. Stefan Pöschel confirms that this is Karlsplatz (Stachus) in Munich.

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Gunter captures the location. (RL)

The couple descend to the platform of Merkenstraße station beneath Möllner Landstraße, Hamburg 22117.

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Mark O'Neill managed to capture the scene without a crowd. (RL)

As the train approaches, Miller is pushed onto the track. Merkenstraße station, Billstedt, Hamburg.

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Mark clearly was "the last man standing". (RL)

The assailant leaves the station. Merkenstraße station, Hamburg.

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Were the trains on strike the day Mark visited? (RL)

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Likely to be a second unit shot as Miller visits Vienna. Domgasse at the junction with Grünangergasse, Vienna 1010, Austria.

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Tilting from image odefi014 as Miller drives through narrow winding streets. Domgasse, Vienna looking north west.

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Tilting further shows the skyline of Vienna with St Stephen, the Cathedral of Vienna on Stephansplatz, in the background.

Police official and double agent Kunik (Günter Strack) passes a street sign that says Spielbudenplatz and this is facing the corner of Davidstraße and Reeperbahn with Polizeikommissariat 15 in the right background. Hamburg 20359. Also seen in 'Backbeat'.

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Could Mark really stay away from the Reeperbahn area? (RL)

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Miller researches Salomon Tauber's diary. Unidentified location.

Agents wait to follow Miller after Mossad becomes suspicious of his actions. Martin Green locates this as outside Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski on Maximilianstraße, München 80539.

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Martin also provides this picture of the same place. Image copyright Google Streetview.

Miller pulls away in his Mercedes-Benz 220S Cabriolet. The tram carries the Munich livery and the location is identified as Maximilianstraße by Martin Green.

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A comparison sent in by Martin who adds that the bank across the street is currently a Dior outlet but the old iron street lamps still exist. Image copyright Google Streetview.

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Peter Miller returns to his car after taking a break at a service station. Jan Schuhmacher advises that this is on the A3 Neumarkt. The service station is also named 'Jura'. Old photos can be seen at http://www.autobahn-online.de/phorum/read.php?5,169802

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When Miller drives away, the Mossad agents follow in their Citroën. Unknown location.

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Miller and the Mossad agents drive to, what appears to be, a farmyard. Unidentified location.

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The Citroen stops behind Millers Mercedes. Unknown location.

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Miller and the Israeli agents arrive at their safe house. Unknown location.

Sigi, a stripper, makes her way through Große Freiheit, a street running north from Reeperbahn. St. Pauli district in Hamburg.

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Mark O'Neill provided this now shot.

Sigi is watched by Gustav Mackensen (Klaus Löwitsch) as she enters St. Pauli Elbtunnel (Elbe Tunnel).

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Another image from Mark. St. Pauli Hafenstraße.

Sigi heads for the lift to take her down into the St. Pauli Elbtunnel. Bei den St. Pauli-Landungsbrücken, Hamburg 20359.

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It looks like the builders are here. Mark O'Neill provides the comparison.

Sigi leaves the lift. St. Pauli Elbtunnel, Hamburg.

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Mark send this shot of the new fire hydrant. (RL)

Sigi is followed through St. Pauli Elbtunnel by ODESSA hit man Mackensen.

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The same location now by Mark.

Mackensen attacks Sigi just as a car enters the tunnel.

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St. Pauli Elbtunnel pasing under the River Elbe, Hamburg. Captured and sent in by Mark O'Neill.

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Miller is trained by Mossad and his identity is changed so that he can infiltrate ODESSA. Unidentified location.

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Miller, now 'aged' and disguised, approaches Villa Bayer. Unknown location.

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Entering the grounds of the house. Unidentified location.

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The door is opened by Franz Bayer (Noel Willman) and Miller introduces himself as a Unterscharführer Rolf Gunther Kolb. Unknown location.

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After satisfying ODESSA of his credentials, Miller departs for Bayreuth. Munich Hauptbahnhof, Bayerstraße, Munich, Germany.

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Miller leaves Bayer and heads for the platforms. Munich Hauptbahnhof.

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Miller goes to catch his train after phoning his girlfriend, Sigi. Munich Hauptbahnhof, Bayerstraße.

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Bayer watches and becomes suspicious after seeing Miller make a call. Hauptbahnhof, Munich.

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Miller arrives at Bayreuth railway station. But Manuel Gurtner tells us that this is definitely not Bayreuth Hauptbahnhof because all four railway lines to Bayreuth are still not electrified. Manuel believes that the location must be somewhere on the mainline between Munich and Rosenheim as the train in the background is of the type that work over the Brenner Pass to Italy. Austrian locomotives such as the ÖBB class 1010 shown came to Munich regularly.

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Miller approaches Wenzer & Son's printing house in Bayreuth. Unidentified location.

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Klaus Wenzer (Derek Jacobi) greets Miller. Unknown location.

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After finding an ODESSA dossier, Miller returns and heads for the luggage lockers at Munich Hauptbahnhof, Bayerstraße, Munich.

The twin towers of the gatehouse to the old town of Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

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The gate of the Karl Theodor Bridge by Günter.

Miller drives over the River Neckar, Heidelberg.

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Günter took this shot of the Karl-Theodor Bridge crossing the river Neckar.

A view of the River Neckar looking east from Karl Theodor Bridge, also known as Alte Brücke (Old Bridge), Heidelberg, Germany.

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The view from the bridge on the River Neckar now from Günter.

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Miller arrives at the Kiefel Electric Trade Fair. Unknown location.

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Eduard Roschmann (Maximilian Schell), as Hans Josef Kiefel, is helped into his car. Unidentified location.

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Roschmann is driven to his castle. Unidentified location.

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Roschmann's Castle. Anif Castle, Anif, Salzburg, Austria.

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Miller hides and waits for darkness to fall. Anif Castle.

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Miller watches as guards patrol the grounds and bridge. Anif Castle, Anif, Salzburg.

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Miller views the castle. Anif Castle near Salzburg.

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Miller climbs under the bridge as a guard passes overhead. Anif Castle, Anif near Salzburg, Austria.

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At the end of the film, Miller stands silently by as Marx says a prayer for his friend Tauber in the Hall of Remembrance, Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum in Jerusalem, Israel.