Escape to Athena

Overview

The original British version of Escape to Athena ran 125 minutes; American prints were judiciously cut to 101 minutes, emphasizing the action content and neutralizing the duller dialogue sequences. Roger Moore stars as Major Otto Hecht, an anti-Nazi German who presides over a World War II POW camp. The prisoners, played by such diverse types as Elliott Gould, David Niven, and Sonny Bono, plan an escape with a group of Greek partisans headed by Telly Savalas. It's not that the POWs are dissatisfied with life ...
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Overview

The original British version of Escape to Athena ran 125 minutes; American prints were judiciously cut to 101 minutes, emphasizing the action content and neutralizing the duller dialogue sequences. Roger Moore stars as Major Otto Hecht, an anti-Nazi German who presides over a World War II POW camp. The prisoners, played by such diverse types as Elliott Gould, David Niven, and Sonny Bono, plan an escape with a group of Greek partisans headed by Telly Savalas. It's not that the POWs are dissatisfied with life behind barbed wire -- it's just that they've been coerced into rescuing valuable art treasures from the Nazis, and there's a possibility of turning a profit!
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Editorial Reviews

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Escape to Athena is the kind of film destined to appeal mostly to war movie enthusiasts and cult movie fans (for its cast). The script is not terribly original in plotting or characterizations, and the lighthearted tone will throw off those who expect their war movies to be serious affairs. However, these points are moot because the film is designed to be old-fashioned, large-scale entertainment. Director George Cosmatos is well aware of this characteristic and puts his energy into packing the film with excitement, laughs, and plenty of visual sweep. Along the way, he delivers many exciting action sequences -- the best might be a battle between Nazis and the local rebel underground for a Greek village. Escape to Athena further benefits from a cast of familiar faces who keep the entertainment level high; Roger Moore has more than a bit of trouble with his Austrian accent, but he and David Niven supply some old-school charm, and Elliott Gould and Stefanie Powers make an engaging comedic team. The film's appeal is further aided by gorgeous widescreen photography by Gil Taylor and a lively, Greek-accented musical score by Lalo Schifrin. All in all, Escape to Athena is the rare war epic that can double as a fun popcorn movie.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2014
  • UPC: 759731415422
  • Original Release: 1979
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  • Source: Henstooth Video
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,995

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roger Moore Maj. Otto Hecht
Telly Savalas Zeno
David Niven Prof. Blake
Claudia Cardinale Eleana
Richard Roundtree Nat Judson
Stefanie Powers Dottie Del Mar
Sonny Bono Bruno Rotelli
Elliott Gould Charlie Dane
Anthony Valentine Maj. Volkmann
Michael Sheard Mann
Richard Wren Reistoffer
Philip Locke Vogel
Steve Ubels Lantz
Elena Secota Brothel Girl
William Holden Prisoner
Paul Picerni
Siegfried Rauch Lt. Braun
Paul Stassino
Technical Credits
George Pan Cosmatos Director, Original Story
Edward Anhalt Screenwriter
Derek Ball Sound/Sound Designer
Yvonne Blake Costumes/Costume Designer
Colin M. Brewer Producer
Derek Cracknell Asst. Director
John Graysmark Art Director
Ralph Kemplen Editor
Richard S. Lochte Original Story, Screenwriter
David Niven Jr. Producer
Lalo Schifrin Score Composer
Michael Stringer Production Designer
Gilbert Taylor Cinematographer
Jack H. Wiener Producer
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