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The 300 Spartans (1962)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | October 1962 (Austria)
A small army of Greeks spearheaded by 300 Spartans do battle with the whole invading Persian army.

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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 <jesbeard@bellsouth.net>

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


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Lion of Sparta  »

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£500,000 (estimated)
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Comic artist Frank Miller saw this movie as a boy and said: "it changed the course of my creative life". His graphic novel "300", about the Battle of Thermopylae, was the basis for 300 (2006). See more »

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Early in the film, the Persian King threatens to cut off the head of a man. As the scenes cut back and forth, we see the chopping block in heavy shade, then in bright sunlight, then back in the shade. See more »

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Xerxes, Persian King: It was my father's dream. One world, one master. But to Marathon ten years ago he sent a mere wave. I am leading an ocean!
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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 »

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Featured in Manos Hajidakis - Eidolo ston kathrefti (2008) See more »

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a super excellent show
15 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

seen the movie many times when younger, wanted to get the show again even now.still looking. best acting and best portrayal of the real events. they died with hounor and courage.and the last defence was very sad. loved the movie.the show had such realism and did keep to the whole plot of events that did shape the world even as we have it today. if not for their gallant and heroic fight the battle would have set the world on a different course. their was much emotion in watching the movie and it did keep you in your seat to not want to miss a thing. the major actors went on to bigger shows and also the best ones also as ben hur.ect.. this movie was years before its time and would be a major box office hit now.


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