In the year 480 B.C., the Greeks and the Persians fight one of the most famous battles in history at a place called Thermopylae. Here, the mighty Persian war machine, which has conquered ... See full summary »
Jeffery A. Baker,
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
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Average Shot Length = ~6.6 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~6.1 seconds. See more »
While most of the Spartans wear the correct headgear, Leonidas and his officers wear Roman legionnaire style helmets that wouldn't be around for about 200 years. (This may have been so that they could easily be identified.) See more »
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 »
Routine sword and sandal epic with some interesting points
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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