In the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC an alliance of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army in the mountain pass of Thermopylae. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held back the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history. Persian King Xerxes lead a Army of well over 100,000 (Persian king Xerxes before war has about 170,000 army) men to Greece and was confronted by 300 Spartans, and several hundred Arcadians. Xerxes waited for 10 days for King Leonidas to surrender or withdraw left with no options he moved. The battle lasted for about 3 days and after which all 300 Spartans were killed. The Spartan defeat was not the one expected, as a local shepherd, named Ephialtes, defected to the Persians and informed Xerxes of a separate path through Thermopylae, which the Persians could use to outflank the Greeks. Written by
This is where we fight, this is where they die!!
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Motion Picture Rating
Rated R for graphic battle sequences throughout, some sexuality and nudity
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9 March 2007 (USA)
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Also Known As:
300: The IMAX Experience
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Opening Weekend: £4,746,071
(23 March 2007)
(6 July 2007)
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
The movie never claims to be historically correct, something which is addressed at length in the documentary The 300: Fact or Fiction?
(2007) on the 2-Disc Special Edition DVD. The movie is based heavily on Frank Miller
's 1998 comic book mini-series, also entitled "300". In the documentary Miller openly admits that he made many radical changes to the history and director Zack Snyder
admits to making further changes. Snyder states that he was more concerned with making a film which would appeal to a wider audience, and creating an exciting and visually stunning action movie rather than a typical historical epic. Indeed, he further points out that the film is a subjective narration by Dillios (David Wenham
) in an effort to spur his men, and as such, the narrative cannot be trusted as historically accurate or wholly objective. Snyder acknowledges that Dillios is not a man to allow truth get in the way of a good story, and that the point of the depiction is that it is specifically the Spartan perspective of the battle. In particular, Snyder cites the depiction of the Immortals. The Immortals were a real battalion, but they weren't demons, they were just ordinary men. However, in Dillios' narration, it is much more dramatic and heroic if the 300 fought off the attack of 10,000 demons rather than 10,000 men. As both Miller and Snyder argue, the film is not a realist piece. See more
After Leonidas' face is cut by the immortals giant, throughout the movie the cut moves slightly (e.g. at first the part under his eye is slightly slanted, then later on in the movie, the cut starts farther down on his face, and it is more straight). See more
When the boy was born, like all Spartans, he was inspected.
The opening Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures and Virtual Studios logos are made of stone and appear in front of a brown, cloudy sky. See more
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