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Escape to Athena (1979)

A World War Two adventure involving a group of Allied POWs, Nazis, black market priceless art treasures, Greek resistance, a Greek monastery and a secret German rocket base.

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Nat Judson
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Charlie / Charlie Dane
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SS Major Volkmann
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Braun
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Sergeant Mann
Richard Wren ...
Reistoffer
Philip Locke ...
Vogel
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Lantz
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Zeno's Man
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Storyline

During World War II, the prisoners of a German camp on a Greek island are trying to escape. They don't want only their freedom, but they also seek for an ineffable treasure hidden in a monastery at the top of the island's mountain. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>

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The patriot, the professor, the comic and the stripper, were fighting for what they believed in. Getting rich!


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6 June 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escape a Atenas  »

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Philip Locke was dubbed by Michael Sheard. See more »

Goofs

During the Volkmann/Dane motorbike chase, the stunt rider's SS cap is blown off as the Major jumps over a local peasant. It is back on his head in the next shot. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits: Somewhere in the Greek Islands 1944 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood and the Muslim World (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh When the Saints Go Marching In
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Traditional
Performed by Louis Armstrong
Heard on a phonograph in Hecht's room
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Why does everyone hate this film?
14 May 1999 | by (Scotland, UK) – See all my reviews

No one likes this film. Why not? It is a remarkably good film, with an excellent cast. Telly Savalas seems to be remarkably at home in this film; he is very natural. I also think that it is good to see David Niven in a different setting to his usual role as the English gentlemen. However, Roger Moore's German accent is appalling. The character of Charlie is also well imagined, and the motorcycling stunts are first class. There are some great one-liners: "I think your defection to the Allies must be taken as something of a mixed message." And did I mention the soundtrack from Heatwave (at the end of the film) ...


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