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Escape to Athena (1979)

A World War II 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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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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6 June 1979 (USA)  »

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Escape a Atenas  »

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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allmovie.com said that the "original British version of Escape to Athena (1979) ran one hundred twenty-five minutes; American prints were judiciously cut to one hundred one minutes, emphasizing the action content, and neutralizing the duller dialogue sequences." See more »

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Dottie faints after her underwater mission, yet is conscious enough to lift her hand to Hecht's help. See more »

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

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Referenced in Escape to Athena: Cast and Crew Interviews (1978) See more »

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Battler Hymn of the Republic
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Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe and music by William Steffe
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Why does everyone hate this film?
14 May 1999 | by 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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