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Escape to Athena (1979)

A World War II 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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Major Otto Hecht
... Zeno
... Professor Blake
... Dottie Del Mar
... Eleana
... Nat Judson
... Bruno Rotelli
... Charlie / Charlie Dane
... SS Major Volkmann
... Braun
... Sergeant Mann
Richard Wren ... Reistoffer
Philip Locke ... Vogel
Steve Ubels ... Lantz
... Zeno's Man
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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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6 June 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escape a Atenas  »

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2.35 : 1
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allmovie.com said that the "original British version of Escape to Athena (1979) ran one hundred twenty-five minutes; American prints were judiciously cut to one hundred one minutes, emphasizing the action content, and neutralizing the duller dialogue sequences." See more »

Goofs

Elliot Gould wears a modern (1979) style NY Yankees cap with a high, structured "buckram." During WWII a softer, lower skull-fitting cap, the so-called "Brooklyn-style" cap, would have been appropriate. See more »

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


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Oh When the Saints Go Marching In
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Traditional
Performed by Louis Armstrong
Heard on a phonograph in Hecht's room
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Come on guys; it was pretty enjoyable!!
20 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

This film came free with today's paper, so perhaps I'm in an indulgent frame of mind. However, much as I admire the wit shown by IMDb members in panning this film, I have to disagree with them. Escape to Athena is a very enjoyable romp indeed, with all sorts of excellent stylistic touches, some really gratifying explosions, humour that is a trifle dated but not so bad if you lean back and accept it, and an interesting plot. I don't know why people require a movie to go all the way in one direction, ie be edge-of-the-seat suspense, or cataclysmic tragedy, or roll-in-the-aisles hilarious, or weepie romantic etc. etc. Why can't it be a bit of everything? I think we're far too used to the extremes that have become fashionable of late. Forget Daniel Day-Lewis bursting a vein, if just for one evening. You'll feel better for it. However, Telly really can't dance. That I must agree with.


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