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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: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)
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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 »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: A character is clearly heard saying that the other army "runs like a machine." How would they know how a machine runs before the term machine has been commonly used? Greeks actually were familiar with the concept of machines in their plays. Plots would be resolved by a god being lowered or raised to the stage by machine, referred to in Latin as a "Deus ex machina"See more »
Xerxes, Persian King:It was my father's dream. One world, one master. But to Marathon ten years ago he sent a mere wave. I am leading an ocean!See more »
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50 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
I like this better than "300", 18 March 2007
Author: Col_Hessler from United States

If you enjoy a lot of blood, then watch "300". But, if you want something closer to what history really tells us happened at Thermopylae, then "The 300 Spartans" is what you want. I enjoyed the fact that they showed what both sides had in that time as far as weapons and tactics were concerned. They also kept the focus on the bravery of the Spartans, and that all of Greece not only wished them well, but could help, as with the Athenian fleet, not some CGI generated storm.

This was also marked by good acting all around, from Richard Egan as Leonidas, and all the supporting cast. This movie is for those who crave real history, even if much of what occurred may be lost to the ages.

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