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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Average Shot Length = ~6.6 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~6.1 seconds. 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 »


Pentheus, Leonidas' Second in Command: He saved my life, Leonidas.
Leonidas, Spartan King: I know that. He also disobeyed orders.
[to Phylon]
Leonidas, Spartan King: In wartime, the punishment is death. You know that Phylon.
Phylon, son of Grellas: Yes.
Leonidas, Spartan King: So death it will be.
[to Agathon]
Leonidas, Spartan King: Get him his armor and a red cloak. That's the only way for Spartans to die these days.
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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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Not bad for 40 years ago.
1 October 2002 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I was a teenager when I first saw this film. I was raised on the ancient spectacle films of the 50's and 60's and feel this one holds up quite well. No, it's not perfection with respect to history. The Spartans were hardly democratic or benevolent. But, they were fiercely proud, great warriors and very independent. The film does a fine job choreographing the 2-3 day battle, given the budget and FX limitations of the early 60's. Very similar to "Helen of Troy" in these respects. Richard Egan was excellent as Leonidas but the script was very limiting for him and the rest of the cast. I will look forward to seeing the film that results from Steven Pressfield's "Gates of Fire". Hopefully 40+ years of technology will create a true epic, as befitting an action (unknown to most school kids today) that helped preserve and push Western Civilization.

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