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  • Actors: Roger Moore, Telly Savalas, David Niven, Stefanie Powers, Claudia Cardinale
  • Directors: George P. Cosmatos
  • Writers: George P. Cosmatos, Edward Anhalt, Richard Lochte
  • Producers: Colin M. Brewer, David Niven Jr., Erwin C. Dietrich, Jack Wiener
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Carlton
  • VHS Release Date: 28 Feb. 2000
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004I9MG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,816 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. Michael on 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 rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Jan. 2015
Format: Blu-ray
1979' Yes the film and acting is a little dated...but...who cares..the film is full great artists from yesteryear.
Set during the second world war on a 'German' occupied 'Greek' island, a group of 'resistance' fighters joined by some 'prisoners-of-war set out to over-throw the 'Germans'
Some of the prisoners are driven by the promise of valuable relics said to be hidden in the local 'Monestery'
'Roger Moore' plays a 'German' major who's task it was to work the Prisoners on a dig to find 'ancient relics'
A great cast which includes including 'Telly Savalas' 'David Niven' and 'Sonny Bono' the three sadly no longer with us.
This film is a good-romp with much tongue-in-cheek action, if your feeling nostalgic it's a good watch.
The picture quality is a little sharper than on 'DVD' also the sound has been Digitally enhanced for this format.
Available for around £6.00 currently.......decent price for a bucket load of memories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 Nov. 2006
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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jack Gray on 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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By feline1 on 15 Feb. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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.
Made in 1979, it's basically a 'family-friendly action movie' / WWII film, but with a satirical or almost slap-stick comic streak a mile wide. Half a decade later, Steven Spielberg would nail that genre niche with his first Indiana Jones movie... whereas Escape to Athena seems to flounder a bit trying to get a balance that works. Perhaps this is because there is no one central goodie/hero character - instead that role is spread rather diffusely between over half a dozen of the leads... Telly Savalas plays it completely straight as a Greek resistance leader, whilst David Niven and Roger Moore give much more twinkly-eyed performances... meanwhile Elliot Gouid and Sonny Bono are totally playing things for laughs. To be fair, this is all perfectly befitting for their characters as scripted, but it means the tone of the film is all over the place.... one minute there's some really quite wry and witty satire, the next the Nazis are hanging Greeks in the village square - not something that there's much to chuckle about. Some of the best performances are from the Nazis, actually - Anthony Valentine is flawless as an SS commander, Philip Locke as a googly-eyed Nazi missle commander, and British viewers of a certain age will delight in Maurice Sheard (Mr Bronson from Grange Hill) as a Nazi sergeant.
It's all fairly watchable, but I can't help feel the satire undermines the drama and vice versa.
On a technical level, the BluRay picture quality is extremely good (the film is all shot on location on the island of Rhodes and looks gorgeous), and there is some very nice music on the soundtrack (particularly evocative use of the cimbalom).
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