Escape to Athena (1979)

Genres - Action, Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - War Adventure, Escape Film  |   Run Time - 125 min.  |   Countries - UK  |   MPAA Rating - PG
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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!

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concentration-camp, captive, captor, escape, friendship, Nazism, partisan, POW (Prisoner of War), POW/MIA, prison, prostitute/prostitution, USO