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Escape to Athena (1979) Poster

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Anachronisms 

Although the movie is set in 1944, Stefanie Powers is seen wearing a wet-suit jacket. The wet suit was not officially invented until 1952.
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Elliot Gould wears a modern (1979) style NY Yankees cap with a high, structured "buckram." During WWII a softer, lower skull-fitting cap, the so-called "Brooklyn-style" cap, would have been appropriate.
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Richard Roundtree's character wears the shoulder patch of the US 8th Army, which served only in the Pacific theater in World War II.
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Sonny Bono's and Elliot Gould's hairstyles are more of the 1970s than the 1940s.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

At the end of the sequence where the monastery blows up, two massive expositions are seen but not heard.
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Continuity 

In the main attack scene in the village, a boy is seen crawling out from under the car. A couple of shots later the same scene is shown, but this time he is grabbed by the German officer.
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During the Volkmann/Dane motorbike chase, the stunt rider's SS cap is blown off as the Major jumps over a local peasant. It is back on his head in the next shot.
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Factual errors 

A control room could not survive with an open window immediately behind a launching rocket.
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A vehicle parked in the town square bears the insignia of the elite Grossdeutschland panzer division, which served on the Eastern Front and not in the Greek Islands.
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High-voltage wires cannot touch the ground.
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Revealing mistakes 

Dottie faints after her underwater mission, yet is conscious enough to lift her hand to Hecht's help.
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Archaeological prison camp STALAG VII Z is introduced with a swooping aerial photography shot circling the entire complex, to end on a Red Cross ambulance arriving at the main gate. However, partway through this sequence as the large circular building comes into view, the ambulance can be seen parked on the road awaiting its cue.
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Spoilers

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Revealing mistakes 

During the fuel depot sabotage sequence as each of the oil drums explodes, none of the 'blasts' affect the already rising columns of smoke.
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