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Escape to Athena

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Escape to Athena
Cinema Poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
Directed by George P. Cosmatos
Release Date 1979
Language English
Studio Incorporated Television Company (ITC)
Distributor Associated Film Distribution (AFD)
Main Cast
Character Actor
Major Otto Hecht Roger Moore
Zeno Telly Savalas
Professor Blake David Niven
Eleana Claudia Cardinale
Dottie Del Mar Stefanie Powers
Nat Judson Richard Roundtree
Charlie Dane Elliott Gould
Bruno Rotelli Sonny Bono

Escape to Athena is a 1979 British WWII action comedy starring Elliott Gould, Richard Roundtree, Sonny Bono, Claudia Cardinale, and Stephanie Powers as a group consisting of resistance fighters and POW's who fight to escape a German-occupied Greek island while plotting to recover hidden treasure. The film is notable for featuring three actors who had appeared in James Bond films: David Niven as archaeologist Professor Blake, Roger Moore as Major Otto Hecht, and Telly Savalas as Zeno, the monk turned resistance fighter. The film was directed by George P. Cosmatos, who would later go on to direct such films as Rambo: First Blood Part II and Tombstone.

The following weapons were used in the film Escape to Athena:


Walther P38

A Walther P38 is carried by German officers and NCOs, include Major Otto Hecht (Roger Moore) and Professor Blake (David Niven) disguised in German uniform. Charlie (Elliott Gould) also uses one.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
Sgt. Mann (Michael Sheard) pulls a gun at Professor Blake in a monk's disguise.
Major Otto Hecht (Roger Moore) handed his sidearm to a Professor Blake.
Walther P38 holds a Professor Blake (David Niven) disguised as German officer.
Lt. Braun (Siegfried Rauch) aims a gun on a arrested members of the resistance.
SS Major Volkmann (Anthony Valentine) (right) pulls his sidearm in a firefight.
A Luftwaffe corporal pulls his Walther P38 at Nat Judson.

Walther P38K

What appears to be a Walther P38K "compact" is seen in the hands of Eleana (Claudia Cardinale), Nat (Richard Roundtree) and Zeno (Telly Savalas).

Walther P38K with mounted suppressor - 9x19mm
Eleana (Claudia Cardinale) borrowed a Zeno's gun fitted with a silencer.
Nat (Richard Roundtree) holds the suppressed Walther P38K "compact" pistol.
Walther P38K - 9x19mm
Zeno (Telly Savalas) uses the compact Walther.

Mauser C96

Charlie (Elliott Gould) is seen with the Mauser C96 fitted with the "Broomhandle" stock with holster. The pistol also is seen with a suppressor.

C96 "Broomhandle" Mauser fitted with holster/stock combo - 7.63x25mm.
Zeno (Telly Savalas) gives Charlie (Elliott Gould) the pistol.
The pistol also is seen with a suppressor.
Charlie (Elliott Gould) is seen dual-wielding a Walther P38 in his left hand along with a Mauser C96 in his right.

Enfield No. 2 Mk I*

Eleana (Claudia Cardinale) subdues the German officers with a Enfield No. 2 Mk I* revolver in her hand.

Enfield No. 2 Mk I* - .38 S&W
A brothel girl in the quietly took up gun.
The revolver in closeup.
Eleana (Claudia Cardinale) holds the revolver.

Submachine Guns

Sten Mk II (Canadian)

The Sten Mk II is seen in the hands of Greek resistance fighters, notably Zeno (Telly Savalas) and Eleana (Claudia Cardinale). Also Professor Blake (David Niven) is seen with this submachine gun.

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
Zeno's henchman Carlo (Paul Stassino) aims a Sten at Dottie Del Mar (Stefanie Powers).
Zeno's man (Paul Picerni) (right) with his Sten
Eleana (Claudia Cardinale) opens fire with the Sten
Zeno (Telly Savalas) holds a Sten fitted with a silencer.


The MP40 is seen in the hands of German soldiers and Greek resistance fighters, notably Bruno Rotelli (Sonny Bono).

MP40 SMG - 9mm
German soldiers with MP40's.
On the left is the MP40.
The MP40 on the right.


Sturmgewehr 44

A Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifle is seen used in the film by Zeno (Telly Savalas) and some resistance fighters.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm
Zeno armed with the rifle.
Rifle on the left.

Lee-Enfield No.4 MkI

The Lee-Enfield No.4 MkI rifle is seen in the hands of Greek resistance fighters.

Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I - .303 British.
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Mauser Karabiner 98k

The Mauser Karabiner 98k rifle is seen in the hands of German soldiers.

Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm
The guard has on his back a rifle fitted with a bayonet.
Bolt action of the rifle is visible.

Mauser Kar98k sniper rifle

A sniper version of the Mauser Karabiner 98k rifle was used by a German sniper, and Zeno (Telly Savalas) to shoot said sniper during the square shootout. Zeno's man (Paul Picerni) also uses it.

Karabiner 98k Sniper - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Zeno's man (Paul Picerni) (on the right) aims a sniper rifle.
The German sniper takes aim with his weapon.
A sniper rifle is seen in the hands of Zeno's man (Paul Picerni) (left).
Zeno (Telly Savalas) also uses this rifle.

Machine Guns

MG 34

An MG 34 is seen in a German guard tower and also in sidecar of motorcycle.

MG 34 - 7.92x57mm
German guard mans the MG 34.


One of the German guard tower has an MG42 machine gun mounted.

MG42 Machine Gun - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The MG42 is seen in the tower.
Closeup of the MG42.

Hand grenades

Mills Bomb

Nat Judson (Richard Roundtree) gets a pair of Mills Bombs from Zeno (Telly Savalas).

No. 36M Mk.I "Mills Bomb" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade.
Nat holds a Mills bomb.

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