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Escape to Athena (1979)

 -  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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Star Roger Moore has said that he felt miscast in this picture. See more »

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High-voltage wires cannot touch the ground. See more »

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

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Referenced in Hollywood and the Muslim World (2003) 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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Everyone's in Greece for a wartime adventure romp, but it looks more like a lazy vacation.
23 May 2003 | by (Todmorden, England) – See all my reviews

How's this for a dazzling international cast: Roger Moore, David Niven, Stephanie Powers, Elliot Gould, Telly Savalas, Claudia Cardinale, Richard Rountree and Soony Bono? All in one film! There's also the briefest of cameos by the great William Holden. Surely to assemble such talent suggests that this film started out with a promising script. It's a shame, then, that in the final analysis Escape to Athena is such dismal, amateurish junk.

The story takes place on a Greek island during WWII. Various Allied POWs survive under the fairly relaxed custody of German officer Roger Moore, but they begin to form ideas above their station when they hear of a Nazi-occupied monastery nearby which is full of priceless art treasures. A small group of escapees scale the island mountains and attempt to steal the loot from the German forces.

Everyone looks like they're on vacation in this one. Certainly no-one seems to give two hoots about the story. The action highlights are few and far between, and much of the comedy banter - intended to breathe life into the characters - falls horribly flat. Moore gets top billing but has terribly little to do with the story; Gould probably lands the juiciest role, but he overplays it to the point of irritation.


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