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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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$8,500,000 (estimated)
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Sir Ralph Richardson has only four scenes, despite being second billed. See more »

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As the Immortals are charging the water behind them is choppy, when it cuts to the waiting Spartans the water is calm. The water action does not match until the two lines are together. See more »

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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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Very credible job
16 May 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This was one of the last of the great sword-and-sandal epics. Unlike many before it or since, it managed to get the facts generally correct. The story, recorded in Herodotus, concerns a small band of troops from Sparta who held off the advance of the Persian army in the 5th century B.C. In doing so, they gave their fellow Greeks time to organise a larger army. Themes include: democracy vs. despotism, and sacrifice for the sake of the common good. Ever stoic Richard Egan (star of "Pollyanna," "Esther and the King," and other fun films) does a great job of projecting the inner strength of Spartan leader Leonidas. This film is not to be missed and ranks with other memorable epics of the 1960s, such as "The Long Ships". Note: this is newly remastered and should not be confused with the botched version released some months prior.


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