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

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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 »

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Hydarnes, Commander of the Immortals: [Xerxes has sent an emissary to demand the Spartan surrender] yesterday, we only probed your positions. When we attack today, our arrows will blot out the sun!
Leonidas, Spartan King: Good; then we will fight in the shade.
Hydarnes, Commander of the Immortals: Leonidas; you cannot win this fight.
Leonidas, Spartan King: Every day we stand is another day for Greece.
[Starts to walk off]
Hydarnes, Commander of the Immortals: Leonidas, wait! Xerxes says that if you and your men lay down your arms, he will allow you to leave peaceably.
Leonidas, Spartan King: [In Greek] Come and take them!
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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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