Forget the criticism. This film is a tongue in cheek war film. Even the locals on Rhodes must have had a great time. The effects were great for thirty on years ago and watching those thespians when they were at their prime and in the sunshine - what a tonic.
Escape to Athena
Time Out saysPlanning a summer holiday? Escape to Athena suffers from that tourist brochure look, with bouzouki music throbbing as we skim across the Aegean back to the sun-soaked days of 1944 and a PoW Camp Méditerranée on an idyllic isle, frequented by film stars like Moore, Niven and Gould. Take a drop of ouzo with colourful local characters like Savalas (as the island's big, sensitive Resistance leader) and Cardinale (the island's patriotic madame). The plot is like something knocked together by Alistair MacLean in his sleep, but was actually devised by the director. Awful.