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Escape To Athena [Blu-ray] (Get Three Selected Blu-ray Titles for £17*)

Roger Moore , Telly Savalas , George Pan Cosmatos    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Roger Moore, Telly Savalas, David Niven, Stefanie Powers, Claudia Cardinale
  • Directors: George Pan Cosmatos
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015YY74A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,304 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Austrian commandant Major Otto Hecht (Roger Moore) is carrying out Hitler's orders to loot ancient art treasures on the Greek island of Athena, unaware that local resistance leader Zeno (Telly Savalas) is hatching a plot to defeat him. A group of freedom fighters land on the island to battle the Nazi forces, freeing the slave labour prisoners in the process.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a great movie but still a lot of fun... 12 Nov 2009
Format:Blu-ray
The movie itself isn't great. It is fun though. I like Roger Moore and David Niven and they are both superb (though under utilized). The plot is a strange cross between Kelly's Heroes and Stalag 17.

The blu ray presentation looks really good, especially considering this isn't a typical big budget studio restoration. It's the best I've ever seen this movie.

If you like the movie, get it on blu. If you've never seen it before, rent it first then get it if you liked it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Escape to Athena is another nail in the theory that the 70s was a golden age of movie-making. It's a typical example of those transatlantic star-studded messes so beloved of Lew Grade after the modest success of The Eagle Has Landed led him to inflict the likes of The Cassandra Crossing (okay, that one is a guilty pleasure), Voyage of the Damned and Michael Winner's The Big Sleep on the world. A bizarre cross between Hogan's Heroes and The Guns of Navarone (well, director and co-scenarist George Pan Cosmatos was in charge of the luncheon vouchers for the extras on that one), it throws in everyone and everything but the kitchen sink in the hope that the audiences will be too dazzled by the three ring circus to notice that virtually none of it is any good. Thus we have Roger Moore as a corrupt Austrian prison camp commandant-cum-antique dealer, Elliott Gould as a bad standup comedian, Sony Bono as an Italian cook, Telly Savalas as a Greek resistance leader, Claudia Cardinale as the local Madame, David Niven as an archaeologist, Stefanie Powers as a stripper, and Richard Roundtree as a magician, all of whom know they're in a piece of rubbish and act accordingly. But then, what else is there to do in a plot (of sorts) that sees them take over a prison camp, save various Greeks from SS man Anthony Valentine's firing squad, destroy a submarine refuelling dump and blow up the local monastery-cum-V3 launching pad without ever managing to generate much excitement or interest? Aside from a nice throwaway cameo from William Holden reprising his Stalag 17 character, some good aerial photography and a surprisingly good motorcycle chase, this one has nothing much going for it, least of all the dire disc number over the end credits.

For the more masochistic of you out there, the UK DVD boasts a decent 2.35:1 transfer, trailer and several cast and crew inteviews, while the Blu-ray only offers a trailer as extra.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all-time favourites 13 Feb 2005
Format:DVD
For the contributor who suggested that, "Escape To Athena", was a sad dull movie obviously seems to have never fully watched the film. Its critics like this that put-off people buying DVD titles, but we are talking about 1979 when the film was released in the UK
Escape To Athena may have its critics, but its one hell of a war movie. This film was the second outing with Greek Director, George Pan Cosmatos had with ITC, and as with The Cassandra Crossing in 1976, he brings a sense of importance to the proceedings. Roger Moore is excellent as sympathetic Camp Commandant Otto Hecht, as is Telly Savalas as resistance leader, Zeos.
Roger Moore's casting was accurate. After playing Simon Templair, Lord Brett Sinclair, and of course, James Bond. This film reunites him with Lew Grade after a seven year gap, and his role is essential to the film's storyline.
Of the other actors, Elliot Gould, Sonny Bono, Richard Rountree, Stefanie Powers are also effective, but the main actor in my opinion has to be David Niven as he contributes most to this film.
Lalo Schifrin's Greek oriented music score is the film's most important feature, and the end dance sequence is definitely a highlight. Incidentally, the soundtrack of this film is very hard to find, and is only on Japanese issue.
Nevertheless, an excellent film.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GREATEST FILM EVER........starring Sonny Bono 18 July 2002
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When people compile a list of the greatest war films ever they often overlook this rip roaring action adventure.......this film has everything you could ever want in a film and more....The story involves a group of prisoners of war (David Niven, Elliot Gould, Claudia Cardinale) held on a Greek island during WWII, who recruit the aid of their sympathetic camp commandant in harassing the SS. Below I have tried to identify the factors that separate this film from run of the mill war films.
1) Tele Savalas as a Greek resistance fighter / Monk. Tele as you would expect brings the same gritty realism as he did to his Portrayal of Blofeld in 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'.
2) David Niven is superb as a British Antiques expert held prisoner by the German army. Niven expertly manages to convey the characters inner turmoil and disbelief of the situation he has found himself in. Niven also manages to turn in a great comic performance with the help of Elliot Gould's character.
3) The director George P Cosmatos manages to expertly capture the futility and horrific nature of war, in a style of direction that is reminiscent of early William Friedkin work.
4) However, the real star of the show is Roger Moore. Moore plays a German Officer who witnessing the atrocities carried out by his country decides to switch sides and help the allies, namely Tele and his band of fighters. Moore shows once again what a truly gifted actor he is, with the simple twitch of an eyebrow he can convey the purest of emotions, that would send even the most stone hearted person to tears.
So in summary...Escsape to Athena is a life changing movie, it shows that the British film industry could still produce films as good as / or even better than their American rivals, but from a personal view it restored my faith in humanity and what people can achieve when they work together.
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3.0 out of 5 stars good in parts...
I bought this film on a whim, due to the incongruously rammed-full-of-household-names cast list and the fact that the BluRay was less than a fiver. Read more
Published 2 months ago by feline1
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film
Having watched this film as a youngster I finally got round to buying it. Would recommend it and has a good cast.
Published 7 months ago by J A Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Excellent movie good quality transfer in blue ray and good acting.
Places in Greece excellent. Quality movie of second world war.
Published 10 months ago by D. Gianniou
5.0 out of 5 stars action packed
a good film made even better on blu-ray.what else can i say, great ,well pleased with this dvd in my collection
Published 13 months ago by T. G. Parris
4.0 out of 5 stars Lew Grade does it again
AAAHHH the ITC epics, most were not bad films but were never in the main certain to set the cinematic world on fire. Escape to Athena, fits perfectly into this theory. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jason Marsden
5.0 out of 5 stars Escape to Athena
I thouroughly enjoyed this film and look forward to watching it often. It is well acted and an engrossing story
Published 15 months ago by Julie-Ann
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
Dear me, what a repulsive pile of rubbish this film is. Everything from the weak screenplay, uninspired acting and faulty cinematography screams "rubbish" in large neon letters. Read more
Published 22 months ago by JD
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful clarity
This movie is a light & comical story, a bit of enjoyable fun! I had'nt ever seen it before. The Blue Ray picture quality is up there with Zulu-- Absolutely stunning! Read more
Published 24 months ago by Sheumais
4.0 out of 5 stars Rog out acts the scenery - just!
Kalithea/Rhodes is the stunning setting for this light bit of froth so much less than the sum of its parts but still an enjoyable romp. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by John Fareham
3.0 out of 5 stars Sunday Afternoon Movie {If You Have Nothing Better To Do}
How's this for a all star cast: Roger Moore, David Niven, Stephanie Powers, Elliot Gould, Telly Savalas, Claudia Cardinale, Richard Rountree and Soony Bono? All in one film! Read more
Published on 2 Jan 2012 by P.C
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