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The 300 Spartans -- The 300 Spartans tells the story of how Spartan King Leonidis led an extremely small army of Greek soldiers to hold off an invading Persian army more than 20 times as large.
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Release Date:
October 1962 (Austria) See more »
Thermopylae... mighty battle epic of a handful of men forming tyhe 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 (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:U | Germany:12 (f) (2005) | Malaysia:U (DVD) | Singapore:PG | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2005) | UK:U (original rating) (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #19936) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Did You Know?

The film is listed in the annual "Screen World" for 1961 releases as "The Lion Of Sparta", but reappears with full photo coverage for the next issue (for 1962 releases) as "300 Spartans".See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the Immortals attack, the javelins thrown by the Greeks have no points. Many of the Immortals can be seen dropping their weapons to grab the javelins and hold them under their arms or to their chests. A javelin with a blunt end can also be plainly seen hitting one of the extras in the mouth.See more »
Narrator:"Oh, Stranger, tell the Spartans that we lie here obedient to their word." This last message of the fallen heroes rallied Greece to victory, first at Salamis, as predicted, and then at Plataea. But it was more than a victory for Greece. It was a stirring example to free people throughout the world of what a few brave men can accomplish once they refuse to submit to tyranny.See more »
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15 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
a super excellent show, 15 May 2004

seen the movie many times when younger, wanted to get the show again even now.still looking. best acting and best portrayal of the real events. they died with hounor and courage.and the last defence was very sad. loved the movie.the show had such realism and did keep to the whole plot of events that did shape the world even as we have it today. if not for their gallant and heroic fight the battle would have set the world on a different course. their was much emotion in watching the movie and it did keep you in your seat to not want to miss a thing. the major actors went on to bigger shows and also the best ones also as ben hur.ect.. this movie was years before its time and would be a major box office hit now.

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