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King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Giovani Cimmino ...
Pleistarchos (as Giovani Antonio Cimmino)
Greg Kramer ...
Kelly Craig ...


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, 700 Thespians, and 400 Thebans. Xerxes waited for 10 days for King Leonidas to surrender or withdraw but left with no options he pushed forward. After 3 days of battle all the Greeks were killed. The Spartan defeat was not the one expected, as a local shepherd, named Ephialtes, defected to the Persians and informed Xerxes that the separate path through Thermopylae, which the Persians could use to outflank the Greeks, was not as heavily guarded as they thought. Written by cyberian2005

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic battle sequences throughout, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 March 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

300  »

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Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$70,885,301 (USA) (9 March 2007)


$210,592,590 (USA) (6 July 2007)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gerard Butler would spend on average 4 hours a day training in a gym for over 4 months to get in shape for the role of the king. See more »


(at around 49 mins) The sun sometimes changes position in the sky, most noticeably when the Spartans push the Persians off the cliff. In this shot, they are silhouetted against the sun, which is level with them, but seconds later the distant Persians fire arrows which blot out the sun now high above them. See more »


[first lines]
Dilios: When the boy was born, like all Spartans, he was inspected.
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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 »


Referenced in Frank Miller Tapes (2007) See more »


To Victory
Composed by Tyler Bates
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User Reviews

300 Watch it, make up your own mind
16 May 2007 | by (Cyprus) – See all my reviews

Really enjoyed it.

My only regret is I saw it at a non IMAX Cinema.

Don't get caught up in all the anti hype. Enjoy it for what it is which is a good tale, great action scenes, (if not a little over done), great war film acting and above all, a moral tale for today's age.

As for the historical angle and the comparison against the old film, try to enjoy this one as a modern updated version not unknown for its up to date (and cgi'd) feel.

Its the sort of film which made me want to find out about the Spartans and this particular period. Sad of me? Maybe, but I don't mind, it was great fun.

Enjoy, I certainly did.

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