Synopsis by Hal Erickson
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!
art-theft, artifact, Nazi, POW-camp, prison-escape, rescue, concentration-camp, captive, captor, escape, friendship, Nazism, partisan, POW (Prisoner of War), POW/MIA, prison, prostitute/prostitution, USO