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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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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 tyhe invincible "flying wedge" - against a killer horde five million strong!


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Lion of Sparta  »

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

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Phylon was ordered to use torches to light the hay by pretending to be dead. He was clearly given 4 torches, however, when we cross to him later, he only has 2 torches. See more »

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Leonidas, Spartan King: A Spartan king cannot act without the authority of his people. But I know my people, and I know they will fight.
Themistocles of Athens: Will they lead all others?
Leonidas, Spartan King: Sparta will fight, whether others will follow or not.
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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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Routine sword and sandal epic with some interesting points
24 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The great heroic story of how 300 Spartans sacrificed themselves at Thermopylae at a critical moment in the Persian invasion in Greece here becomes an only mildly interesting film. The movie has its merits: Sir Ralph Richardson gives a good performance as the great Athenian statesman Themistocles, the landscape photography is impressive, there's a very good score by noted Greek composer Manos Hatzidakis, and the film is more accurate than most Hollywood historical epics (and even includes two or three brief sentences in Ancient Greek, something I can't recall hearing in any other film.) But these good points can't save the film from its weaknesses: wooden acting in most roles, a trite script, pedestrian direction, and an unconvincing and obviously tacked on romantic interest in the form of a pair of young star-crossed Spartan lovers.

All in all, I'd say this film would be of interest to people particularly interested in Ancient Greece or in the Hollywood sword-and-sandal epic genre. Others are likely to find it watchable but forgettable.


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