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Escape to Athena (1979)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  6 June 1979 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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


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Escape a Atenas  »

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To evoke the Greek theme and setting, on American movie posters, instead of using the letter "e/E", the Greek alphabet's uppercase sigma symbol was used for that letter in the wording of the film's title. The sigma symbol resembles an indented letter "E" character. See more »

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In the main attack scene in the village, a boy is seen crawling out from under the car. A couple of shots later the same scene is shown, but this time he is grabbed by the German officer. See more »

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

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Vesti la giubba
(On with the motley) from "Pagliacci"
Written by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Performed by Enrico Caruso (probably)
Mimed by Bruno Rotelli (Sonny Bono)
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Enjoyable Saturday Afternoon Classic!

'Escape To Athena' Is an enjoyable late seventies's Action War Comedy, That has an all Star Cast, The story is set somewhere in the Greek islands circa 1944, and center's around the efforts of local, Resistance fighter Zeno Telly Savalas) Who is aided by the ever gorgeous Claudia Cardinale,

Their plan is simple liberate the islands from the inhumane German occupation,And rightfully reclaim the Art treasure's of Athena before the Nasty Nazi's do!

Roger Moore, Is Major Otto Hecht, A Former shady antique's dealer come jazz lover, Elliout Gould, And Stephanie(Hart To Hart, Power's) Play a USO duo who provide's the film with some light hearted moments's

Sonny Bono, is a Italian chef, This guilty pleasure also star's The original 'Shaft' Richard Roundtree, And David Niven,

The film is chock full of Action which display's some stunt technique's then 'new' at the time such as ramp's to propel the stunt's person forward in an explosion,And hidden air Cushion's for some high fall's(which for some reason there's lot's!)

There is a great stunt motorcycle chase,with Elliott Gould which feature's some great Steadicam work, all in all a great film, now available on DVD in 2:35:1 widescreen


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