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Escape to Athena (1979)

A World War II adventure, involving a group of Allied P.O.W.s, Nazis, black market priceless art treasures, Greek resistance, a Greek monastery, and a secret German rocket base.

Director:

George P. Cosmatos

Writers:

Edward Anhalt (screenplay), Richard S. Lochte (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Roger Moore ... Major Otto Hecht
Telly Savalas ... Zeno
David Niven ... Professor Blake
Stefanie Powers ... Dottie Del Mar
Claudia Cardinale ... Eleana
Richard Roundtree ... Nat Judson
Sonny Bono ... Bruno Rotelli
Elliott Gould ... Charlie / Charlie Dane
Anthony Valentine ... SS Major Volkmann
Siegfried Rauch ... Braun
Michael Sheard ... Sergeant Mann
Richard Wren Richard Wren ... Reistoffer
Philip Locke ... Vogel
Steve Ubels Steve Ubels ... Lantz
Paul Picerni ... Zeno's Man
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

An exciting World War II prison camp drama with an all star cast. See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escape a Atenas See more »

Filming Locations:

Kalithea Spa, Rhodes, Greece See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. All cuts were waived in 1986 when the film was granted a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »

Connections

References The Blue Angel (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Battler Hymn of the Republic
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe and music by William Steffe
Heard as a theme
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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 barnabyrudgeSee 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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