Escape to Athena

Escape to Athena

George Pan Cosmatos (1979)

A Certificate


Our Score
You can't really blame Lew Grade. As an entrepreneur, he knew that star names sell movies; as a mogul, he had the power to pull together movie packages with big names. Unfortunately, despite his best efforts and intentions, most of his film-producing legacy is, regrettably, rather underwhelming. This is a prime example: a slight plot combines an ancient treasure caper with a Second World War escape adventure and wastes the talents of such diverse names as David Niven, Elliott Gould, Claudia Cardinale and Sonny Bono. And they aren't even the leads! If you can bear to watch a movie starring Roger Moore (as a German officer!) and Telly Savalas, then well and good, this might be the solution to while away a couple of hours.


Second World War Allied PoWs incarcerated on a Greek island plan to defy the SS by breaking out of prison and pulling off an art robbery, with the help of their liberal-minded camp commandant. Action adventure, with Roger Moore, David Niven, Telly Savalas, Elliott Gould, Stefanie Powers and Claudia Cardinale.

Cast & Crew

Major Otto Hecht Roger Moore
Zeno Telly Savalas
Professor Blake David Niven
Eleana Claudia Cardinale
Dottie Del Mar Stefanie Powers
Nat Judson Richard Roundtree
Bruno Rotelli Sonny Bono
Charlie Dane Elliott Gould
SS Major Volkmann Anthony Valentine
Prisoner William Holden (2)
Braun Siegfried Rauch
Sergeant Mann Michael Sheard
Vogel Philip Locke
Director George Pan Cosmatos
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Some violence and swearingAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray