Escape to Athena (1979)





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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! ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Roger Moore
as Major Hecht
David Niven
as Professor Blake
Richard Roundtree
as Nat Judson
Stefanie Powers
as Dottie Del Mar
Sonny Bono
as Rotelli
Elliott Gould
as Charlie
William Holden
as Prisoner
Richard Wren
as Reistoffer
Steve Ubels
as Lantz
Elena Secota
as Brothel Girl
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[img][/img] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]The Germans have taken over a Greek Island in the middle of the Mediterranean that contains a monastery filled with monks and an old castle. There are rumors of old relics, including gold worth $2 million, hidden throughout the island. A European resistant group secretly occupies the island and hopes to thwart the German’s plans. When two Americans arrive on the island due to a boating accident, the resistance may use their unfortunate circumstance as an opportunity to execute their plan against the Germans.[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“You don’t care, do you?”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“I care that your resistance against the Germans has turned five girls into whores…”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [size=3][color=#000000][font=Times New Roman]George P. Cosmatos, director of Tombstone, Leviathan, Rambo: First Blood II, and Cobra, delivers Escape to Athena. The storyline for this picture is interesting and contains a brilliant array of characters. The character development was solid throughout the picture; however, the film ran a bit long and was too methodical in its delivery. [/font][/color][/size] [size=3][color=#000000][font=Times New Roman][/font][/color][/size][font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“I am more greedy than I am cautious. When do we start?”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [size=3][color=#000000][font=Times New Roman]Initially, the name of this film grabbed my attention since my wife’s name is Athena. She actually picked this for us to watch after I DVR’d it a couple months ago. I became increasingly interested in this film once I recognized the marvelous cast this film possessed. The cast includes Roger Moore (numerous Bond films), Telly Savalas (Kojak), David Niven (received Oscar for his lead performance in Separate Tables), Richard Roundtree (Shaft), and Claudia Cardinale (Bello). Despite the marvelous storyline and the brilliant cast, Cosmatos made a methodical film that at times was very dull. This film was worth watching once, but is not worth owning. [/font][/color][/size] [size=3][color=#000000][font=Times New Roman][/font][/color][/size][font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]“Athena: goddess of war, wisdom, and music…like you, a very confused goddess.”[/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000] [/color][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=3][color=#000000]Grade: C+[/color][/size][/font]

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