The 300 Spartans (1962)

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A small army of Greeks spearheaded by 300 Spartans do battle with the whole invading Persian army.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Themistocles of Athens (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
Barry Coe ...
Anna Synodinou ...
Kieron Moore ...
John Crawford ...
Laurence Naismith ...
First Delegate
Anne Wakefield ...
Ivan Triesault ...
Charles Fawcett ...
Michalis Nikolinakos ...
Myron (as Michael Nikolinakos)


Essentially true story of how Spartan king Leonidas led an extremely small army of Greek Soldiers (300 of them his personal body guards from Sparta) to hold off an invading Persian army now thought to have numbered 250,000. The actual heroism of those who stood (and ultimately died) with Leonidas helped shape the course of Western Civilization, allowing the Greek city states time to organize an army which repelled the Persians. Set in 480 BC. Written by Jes Beard <>

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Thermopylae... mighty battle epic of a handful of men forming tyhe invincible "flying wedge" - against a killer horde five million strong!


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Release Date:

October 1962 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Lion of Sparta  »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The final film for David Farrar, after which he retired to South Africa. See more »


While most of the Spartans wear the correct headgear, Leonidas and his officers wear Roman legionnaire style helmets that wouldn't be around for about 200 years. (This may have been so that they could easily be identified.) See more »


Hydarnes, Commander of the Immortals: [Xerxes has sent an emissary to demand the Spartan surrender] yesterday, we only probed your positions. When we attack today, our arrows will blot out the sun!
Leonidas, Spartan King: Good; then we will fight in the shade.
Hydarnes, Commander of the Immortals: Leonidas; you cannot win this fight.
Leonidas, Spartan King: Every day we stand is another day for Greece.
[Starts to walk off]
Hydarnes, Commander of the Immortals: Leonidas, wait! Xerxes says that if you and your men lay down your arms, he will allow you to leave peaceably.
Leonidas, Spartan King: [In Greek] Come and take them!
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Opening credits prologue: In the Year 480 B.C. King Xerxes of Persia set in motion his enormous slave empire to crush the small group of independent Greek states - the only stronghold of freedom still remaining in the then known world... See more »


Version of Last Stand of the 300 (2007) See more »

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Soapy Bravery in Ancient Greece
12 September 2004 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

What is it about the tale of 300 Spartans holding off the whole of the Persian army that haunts us still?

At some point they'll make the great version of this story, until that day comes this film will do nicely.

The plot has the 300 Spartans going off with a small band of other Greeks to perform a delaying action in a narrow pass against the vastly superior Persian Army. They delay the Persians for several days before a final and terrible battle that assured them their place in history.

The battle scenes are wonderful, as is pretty much everything in this film. The problem is that they've shoehorned a love story into this testosterone charge film to the point it distracts from the rest of the film, it just doesn't belong. Actually most of the early part of the film, before the troops move out is rather soapy. However once the troops march the film picks up, and other than the damned romance is fine film.

See this movie. Forgive the soap and you'll have a rousing good time.

8 out of 10.

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