Escape to Athena (1979)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Comedy  |  6 June 1979 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nat Judson
Charlie / Charlie Dane
SS Major Volkmann
Siegfried Rauch ...
Sergeant Mann
Richard Wren ...
Philip Locke ...
Steve Ubels ...
Zeno's Man


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 <>

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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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The action largely takes place in Stalag Luft VII Z, "somewhere in the Greek Islands 1944" (named in dialogue as Kariai); the monastery is found on Mount Athena. See more »


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 »

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


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


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an underrated, underdog of a movie
10 March 2000 | by (ann arbor) – See all my reviews

This movie was blasted by the critics but who cares? It's not exactly a comedy, not a drama, but it does have a lot of action and adventure plus an all-star cast that all play wonderfully off one another, notably Elliott Gould and Stephanie Powers, who always have great comic timing anyway, but here they're a delight together, especially in the "stripping" scene on stage. It's got some good chases and gorgeous scenery of the island of Rhodes. Give it a whirl!

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