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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!
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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Routine sword and sandal epic with some interesting points See more (96 total) »


  (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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Finnish censorship certificate # 64266 delivered on 29-1-1963.See more »
Anachronisms: When a weakened Ellas is being carried into the goat herder's home by Ephialtes, you can clearly see that she is wearing very non-Spartanlike sheer black knickers.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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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Routine sword and sandal epic with some interesting points, 24 November 2007
Author: jcorelis from United States

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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