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:
Richard Egan ...
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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October 1962 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Lion of Sparta  »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)


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2.35 : 1
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The final film for David Farrar, after which he retired to South Africa. See more »


When the Persian army is into Greece where they will meet the Spartans, they are marching between mountains on their left, and water on their right. In actuality, the Persians were marching south along the eastern edge of Greece, so the water would have been on their left with mountains on their right. The way the movie portrays it, the Persians are marching out of Greece. See more »


Leonidas, Spartan King: The council must act quickly
Xenathon, Spartan Isolationist: Why?
Leonidas, Spartan King: In order that we Spartans may reach the first line of defense in time.
Xenathon, Spartan Isolationist: And where might that be?
Leonidas, Spartan King: The Pass of Thermopylae.
Xenathon, Spartan Isolationist: Thermopylae, of course. That's the pass that protects Athens.
Leonidas, Spartan King: No! It's the pass that protects GREECE! Mere cities don't matter now. It is Greece that counts! Only by being united can we hope to avoid slavery. Now, I am no politician, but I will plead this cause with you until the moon wanes and the night brings forth a new day!
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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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Fantastic Film
24 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie just came out on DVD, and it's something to get your hands on, no doubt.

The Battle Of Thermopylae is a great story of heroism, and captured here with great acting and breath-taking battle scenes sans special fx. I have no doubt this movie will be remade, especially since it's been ripped off endlessly (especially in recent times.)

Let's just start with the acting. Richard Egan and Ralph Richardson are, on their own, great actors. The chemistry between the two actors is endearing and honest. Richardson plays the older, wiser Themistocles while Egan plays the strong, respectful lionhearted King Leonidas. Both of them are wonderful to watch, and with Egan, it's nice to see an actor who plays a role as a human instead of a Shakespearean caricature. He's stoic, yet totally sympathetic. Wonderful.

Geoff Unsworth and Rudolph Mate succeeded in capturing the landscape of an ancient land, though I obviously was not there to verify that this is in fact what the land looked like. Come to think of it, neither were any of us! So, to try to criticize the movie on details with such vitriol that its as if you lived it yourself is, in all honesty, laughable and pathetic. Great, you derive joy from nit picking a MOVIE meant to stir discussion and above all, entertain. Bully for you.

Regardless, 300 Spartans is a great story of courage, sacrifice, and selflessness. Oh, and it was well done. Period.

Anyhow, if you've got wits, get this movie.

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