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Release Date:
October 1962 (Austria) See more »
Thermopylae... mighty battle epic of a handful of men forming the invincible "flying wedge" - against a killer horde five million strong!
A small army of Greeks spearheaded by 300 Spartans do battle with the whole invading Persian army. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Egan ... King Leonidas

Ralph Richardson ... Themistocles of Athens (as Sir Ralph Richardson)

Diane Baker ... Ellas

Barry Coe ... Phylon

David Farrar ... Xerxes

Donald Houston ... Hydarnes
Anna Synodinou ... Gorgo

Kieron Moore ... Ephialtes

John Crawford ... Agathon the Spartan Spy

Robert Brown ... Pentheus

Laurence Naismith ... First Delegate
Anne Wakefield ... Artemisa
Ivan Triesault ... Demaratus
Charles Fawcett ... Megistias
Michalis Nikolinakos ... Myron (as Michael Nikolinakos)
Sandro Giglio ... Xenathon
Anna Raftopoulou ... Toris
Dimos Starenios ... Samos
Yorgos Moutsios ... Demophilus of Thespiae (as George Moutsios)
Nikos Papakonstantinou ... Grellas (as N. Papaconstantinou)
John G. Contes ... Artovadus
Marietta Flemotomos ... Woman at Shield Ceremony
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kostas Baladimas ... Mardonius (uncredited)
Zannino ... Athenian citizen & Persian General (uncredited)

Directed by
Rudolph Maté 
Writing credits
George St. George (written by)

Ugo Liberatore (original story material) (as Ugo Liberatori) &
Remigio Del Grosso (original story material) &
Giovanni d'Eramo (original story material) (as Giovanni D'Eramo) &
Gian Paolo Callegari (original story material)

Produced by
Rudolph Maté .... producer
George St. George .... producer
Original Music by
Manos Hatzidakis  (as Manos Hadjidakis)
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Unsworth (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jerry Webb  (as Jerome Webb)
Art Direction by
Arrigo Equini 
Costume Design by
Ginette Devaud (costumes designed by)
Makeup Department
George Frost .... makeup artist
Amato Garbini .... makeup artist
Vasco Reggiani .... hair stylist
Production Management
William Eckhardt .... production manager (as William G. Eckhardt)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Erricos Andreou .... assistant director (as Eric Andreou)
Fred R. Simpson .... assistant director
Richard Talmadge .... director of second unit
Art Department
Enzo Constantini .... set dresser (as Enzo Costantini)
Carlo Gentili .... set dresser
Sound Department
Rusty Coppleman .... sound editor
David Hildyard .... sound
Winston Ryder .... sound editor (as Win Ryder)
Edgar Vetter .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Fred Etcheverry .... special effects (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jerry Kalogeratos .... second unit photography (as Jerry Kalogerados)
Cyril J. Knowles .... second unit photography (as Cyril Knowles)
Francesco Brescini .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Maria Feo .... wardrobe mistress (as Anna Maria Fea)
Editorial Department
John Crome .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Manos Hatzidakis .... conductor (as Manos Hadjidakis)
Other crew
Cleanthis Damianos .... military adviser (as Major Cleanthis Damianos)
Paul Nord .... historical story adviser
Maggie Unsworth .... continuity (as Maggie Shipway)
Helen Whitson .... continuity
Ted Zarpas .... assistant to the producers
Harriet Medin .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Their Majesties The King and Queen of the Hellenes .... the producers acknowledge their gratitude to, whose whole-hearted cooperation made this project possible (as Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Hellenes)
Crew believed to be complete

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114 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:G | Brazil:12 (DVD rating) | Finland:K-3 (2006) (DVD) | Finland:K-12 (1963) | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 (f) (2005) | Malaysia:U (DVD) | Singapore:PG | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2005) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #19936) | West Germany:12 (nf)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

The final film for David Farrar, after which he retired to South Africa.See more »
Miscellaneous: When the Spartan soldiers are in the water in that scene, "Night Attack", the ocean and the lower parts of the hills that are in the background are dark because its obviously "night". But in the background the daylight can clearly be seen. The lower half of the land is dark and the top half is illuminated. It's not the shadow of cloud, it's not supposed to be because it's night.See more »
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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46 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic Film, 24 May 2004
Author: Erin McHugh from United States

This movie just came out on DVD, and it's something to get your hands on, no doubt.

The Battle Of Thermopylae is a great story of heroism, and captured here with great acting and breath-taking battle scenes sans special fx. I have no doubt this movie will be remade, especially since it's been ripped off endlessly (especially in recent times.)

Let's just start with the acting. Richard Egan and Ralph Richardson are, on their own, great actors. The chemistry between the two actors is endearing and honest. Richardson plays the older, wiser Themistocles while Egan plays the strong, respectful lionhearted King Leonidas. Both of them are wonderful to watch, and with Egan, it's nice to see an actor who plays a role as a human instead of a Shakespearean caricature. He's stoic, yet totally sympathetic. Wonderful.

Geoff Unsworth and Rudolph Mate succeeded in capturing the landscape of an ancient land, though I obviously was not there to verify that this is in fact what the land looked like. Come to think of it, neither were any of us! So, to try to criticize the movie on details with such vitriol that its as if you lived it yourself is, in all honesty, laughable and pathetic. Great, you derive joy from nit picking a MOVIE meant to stir discussion and above all, entertain. Bully for you.

Regardless, 300 Spartans is a great story of courage, sacrifice, and selflessness. Oh, and it was well done. Period.

Anyhow, if you've got wits, get this movie.

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