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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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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)  »

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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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A control room could not survive with an open window immediately behind a launching rocket. See more »

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

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A very sorry effort: the death knell of the WWII film industry
12 September 2008 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

Absolutely dreadful 70s mish mash of comedy and action - all overacted and under directed. This really has lazy written all over it - dialed-in performances and everything is done in a way that belittles everyone involved.

The plot of a misfit gaggle of POWs on a Greek island with a benevolent German commandant (Roger Moore) who decide to rob a Monastery sounds good but the reality is just awful, and horribly banal.

The whole film is not helped by occasional forays into a harder colder sadistic SS company who arbitrarily hang and shoot the Greek citizenry, and Telly Savalas as an ex-monk with too much testosterone is no better.

Have to be honest and say this is probably my least favourite war film of all time - it just jars at every stage - even the great David Niven

  • who could make any line seem natural - seems totally bemused by the


awfulness of the effort here. Maybe he did it out of paternal love for his son who co-produced this fiasco.

I firmly believe this film was one of the main reasons Hollywood stopped making WWII films and started making Vietnam films, and on the evidence here who can blame them? Fantastic cast, awful, awful, awful film - not even worth watching on a cold, wet Autumn Saturday - honestly...Look and feels like an amateur holiday video... good luck enjoying this one!


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