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Escape to Athena ()


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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.

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Major Otto Hecht
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Zeno
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Professor Blake
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Dottie Del Mar
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Eleana
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Nat Judson
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Bruno Rotelli
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Charlie Dane
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SS Major Volkmann
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Braun
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Sergeant Mann
Richard Wren ...
Reistoffer
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Vogel
Steve Ubels ...
Lantz
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Zeno's Man
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Zeno's Man
Stassia Stakis
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(as Lycourgos Callerghis)
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(as Mimi Denisi)
Anne Marie Sten ...
(as Anne-Marie Sten)
Mary Drakopoulou
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Brothel Girl
Vanna Reville ...
(as Gelsomina)
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Prisoner smoking a cigar in prison camp (uncredited)
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German Radio Operator (uncredited)
Apostolos Souglakos ...
Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by

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George P. Cosmatos

Written by

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Edward Anhalt ... (screenplay) and
Richard S. Lochte ... (screenplay)
 
Richard S. Lochte ... (story) and
George P. Cosmatos ... (story)

Produced by

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Colin M. Brewer ... associate producer
David Niven Jr. ... producer
Jack Wiener ... producer
Erwin C. Dietrich ... producer (uncredited) (credited on German prints)
Lew Grade ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Lalo Schifrin

Cinematography by

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Gilbert Taylor ... director of photography (as Gil Taylor)

Film Editing by

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Ralph Kemplen

Editorial Department

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Peter Davies ... assistant editor

Casting By

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Irene Lamb

Costume Design by

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Yvonne Blake

Makeup Department

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Eric Allwright ... make up artiste
Paul Engelen ... make up artiste
Ramon Gow ... hairdresser
Mike Jones ... hairdresser (as Michael Jones)
Jacques Moisant ... hair stylist: Miss Cardinale

Production Management

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Dimitri Dimitriadis ... production manager: Greece
Chris Kenny ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Derek Cracknell ... assistant director
Raymond Becket ... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Yiorgos Konstantinopoulos ... location assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Frank Bruton ... property master
Dick Frift ... construction manager
John Graysmark ... supervising art director
Peter James ... set dresser
Petros Kapouralis ... art director: Greek
Michael Stringer ... original designs
Terry Wells ... stand-by property master (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Derek Ball ... sound mixer
Ken Nightingall ... boom operator
Bill Rowe ... re-recording mixer
Nicholas Stevenson ... sound editor
Nigel Galt ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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John Richardson ... special effects

Stunts

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Vic Armstrong ... stunt coordinator
Roy Alon ... stunt double: Sonny Bono (uncredited)
Vic Armstrong ... stunts (uncredited)
Marc Boyle ... stunt double: Elliott Gould (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Clive Curtis ... stunt double: Richard Roundtree (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Tracey Eddon ... stunt double: Stefanie Powers (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Martin Grace ... stunt double: Roger Moore (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Nick Hobbs ... stunt double: Elliott Gould (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Doug Robinson ... stunt double: Telly Savalas (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)
Paul Weston ... stunt double: Anthony Valentine (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ray Andrew ... Steadicam operator
Derek V. Browne ... camera operator (as Derek Browne)
Ron Goodman ... aerial sequences cameraman
Bob Penn ... stills photographer
Ron Taberer ... electrical supervisor
Peter Bloor ... best boy (uncredited)
Ronald Lenoir ... set rigger (uncredited)
Ron Taberer ... gaffer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ron Beck ... wardrobe supervisor
Janet Tebrooke ... wardrobe mistress
Colin Wilson ... wardrobe master

Location Management

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Richard Green ... location manager
Nikos Doukas ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Michael Clifford ... music editor
Chris Hallaris ... music arrangement: Greek (as Christodoulos Halaris)
Lalo Schifrin ... conductor (uncredited)

Other crew

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Yvonne Axworthy ... continuity
Nellie Dimoglou ... Greek dance
Hunt Downs ... unit publicist
Lew Grade ... presenter
Gladys Pearce ... production assistant
Arlene Phillips ... choreographer
Jose Villaverde ... dialogue coach (as Jose Di Villaverde)
John Wall ... production accountant
Marc Wolff ... helicopter pilot
Sue Wall ... location accountant (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 an ineffable treasure hidden in a monastery at the top of the island's mountain. Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos

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Taglines An exciting World War II prison camp drama with an all star cast. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Bons baisers d'Athènes (France)
  • Evasion d'Athènes (France)
  • Evasión en Atenea (Spain)
  • Escape a Atenas (Venezuela)
  • Escape a Atenas (Argentina)
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Runtime
  • 125 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Sir Roger Moore said that he felt miscast in this movie. See more »
Goofs A control room could not survive with an open window immediately behind a launching rocket. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Escape to Athena: Cast and Crew Interviews (1978). See more »
Soundtracks Keep Tomorrow For Me See more »
Crazy Credits Opening credits: Somewhere in the Greek Islands 1944 See more »
Quotes Major Otto Hecht: You are assuming that because a man steals from his country... he will also betray it?
Professor Blake: No, that would make any tax fiddler a potential traitor.
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