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Escape Under Pressure (2000)
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A car ferry carrying a valuable artifact is sunk by a group of international thieves.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Spencer
Chloe Spencer
Elgin Bates
Scott Anthony Viscomi ...
Nikos Gavras
Sub Commander
Mike White ...
Rupp (as Michael Rodgers)
Young Engineer
First Mate
Deaf Girl
Greek Supervisor
Greek Hotel Clerk


Elgin Bates, a billionaire art collector, hires a British sociopath to help him find a priceless, long-lost, storied sculpture. Bates's man unearths the sculpture in Greece, but it's taken from him by Athens customs agents and put on a tourist ship bound for a museum on Lesbos. En route, Bates's hired guns hijack the ship, start a fire fight with soldiers guarding the statue, and prepare to rendezvous with a sub in Bates's hire. On the ship are a scholar and her daredevil husband. She recognizes the statue and grabs it before the sociopath can. With the ship sinking, she and her husband are under figurative and literal pressure to find a way to escape with their lives and the statue. Written by <>

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A Melange of Titanic, Entrapment, and yes...Baywatch.
11 May 2000 | by (FL) – See all my reviews

Like a gruesome car wreck, this movie holds your attention.... An American couple on board a Greek ship, find themselves in the middle of a dramatically overplanned international scheme to steal a valuable Greek artifact. It wasn't so much the implausible plot, but the laughable similarities to some of the movies we know and love-and yes the Hasselhoffian manner in which John Spencer (Rob Lowe) manages to exert himself in his efforts to save the day. This Hollywood mutation was however, fairly entertaining. Highly recommended for a 3am veg-fest.

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