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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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Themistocles of Athens (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
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Barry Coe ...
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Laurence Naismith ...
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Ivan Triesault ...
Charles Fawcett ...
Megistias
Michalis Nikolinakos ...
Myron (as Michael Nikolinakos)
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Storyline

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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army | persian | greece | spartan | warrior | See more »

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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)  »

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$8,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Finnish censorship certificate # 64266 delivered on 29-1-1963. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Gorgo, Leonidas' Wife: In the absence of your dead mother, I present you this shield and say to you
[speaking in Greek]
Gorgo, Leonidas' Wife: 'Return with the shield or on it'.
Woman at Shield Ceremony: What does that mean?
Ellas, Leonidas' Niece: Either return carrying this shield in victory or carried on the shield in death.
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a super excellent show

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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