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Escape to Athena

Escape to Athena not only has the unabashed look of a cynical 'package' but also plays like one as well. It's a joke-up wartime action retread, feeble as to both humor and suspense, in which a group of Anglo-American prisoners of the Germans scramble to liberate (a) themselves and (b) some Greek art treasures.

With:
Roger Moore Telly Savalas David Niven Claudia Cardinale Richard Roundtree Stefanie Powers

Escape to Athena not only has the unabashed look of a cynical ‘package’ but also plays like one as well. It’s a joke-up wartime action retread, feeble as to both humor and suspense, in which a group of Anglo-American prisoners of the Germans scramble to liberate (a) themselves and (b) some Greek art treasures.

Of those billed above the title, Roger Moore as the Nazi camp commander, Elliott Gould, David Niven, Sonny Bono, Stefanie Powers and Richard Roundtree as POWs (how’s that for a motley bunch?), Telly Savalas as a Greek resistance leader, and Claudia Cardinale as a brothel madam, none has much scope to register with any dimension and most are as implausible as the hammy action [based on a story by Richard S. Lochte and George P. Cosmatos].

Escape to Athena

UK

Production: ITC/Grade. Director George Pan Cosmatos; Producer Jack Wiener; Screenplay Richard S. Lochte, Edward Anhalt; Camera Gil Taylor; Editor Ralph Kemplen; Music Lalo Schifrin; Art Director John Graysmark

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1979. Running time: 125 MIN.

With: Roger Moore Telly Savalas David Niven Claudia Cardinale Richard Roundtree Stefanie Powers

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