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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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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!
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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 final film for David Farrar, after which he retired to South Africa.See more »
Errors in geography: When the Persian army is into Greece where they will meet the Spartans, they are marching between mountains on their left, and water on their right. In actuality, the Persians were marching south along the eastern edge of Greece, so the water would have been on their left with mountains on their right. The way the movie portrays it, the Persians are marching out of Greece.See more »
Themistocles of Athens:Truth is a heady wine. A politician must never exaggerate people's capacity for it.See more »
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49 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Soapy Bravery in Ancient Greece, 12 September 2004
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

What is it about the tale of 300 Spartans holding off the whole of the Persian army that haunts us still?

At some point they'll make the great version of this story, until that day comes this film will do nicely.

The plot has the 300 Spartans going off with a small band of other Greeks to perform a delaying action in a narrow pass against the vastly superior Persian Army. They delay the Persians for several days before a final and terrible battle that assured them their place in history.

The battle scenes are wonderful, as is pretty much everything in this film. The problem is that they've shoehorned a love story into this testosterone charge film to the point it distracts from the rest of the film, it just doesn't belong. Actually most of the early part of the film, before the troops move out is rather soapy. However once the troops march the film picks up, and other than the damned romance is fine film.

See this movie. Forgive the soap and you'll have a rousing good time.

8 out of 10.

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