6.7/10
6,051
106 user 21 critic

The 300 Spartans (1962)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | October 1962 (Austria)
Trailer
2:37 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC
A small army of Greeks spearheaded by 300 Spartans do battle with the whole invading Persian army.

Director:

Rudolph Maté

Writers:

George St. George, Ugo Liberatore (original story material) (as Ugo Liberatori) | 3 more credits »
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Last Stand of the 300 (TV Movie 2007)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In the year 480 B.C., the Greeks and the Persians fight one of the most famous battles in history at a place called Thermopylae. Here, the mighty Persian war machine, which has conquered ... See full summary »

Director: David Padrusch
Stars: Jeffery A. Baker, Orion Barnes, Erin Bennett
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The life and military conquests of Alexander III of Macedon (20/21 July 356 - 10/11 June 323 BC), commonly known as Alexander the Great.

Director: Robert Rossen
Stars: Richard Burton, Fredric March, Claire Bloom
Helen of Troy (1956)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The Iliad's story of the Trojan war, told from the Trojan viewpoint.

Director: Robert Wise
Stars: Stanley Baker, Rossana Podestà, Brigitte Bardot
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

World premiere, London Greek Film Festival, May, 2016, WINNER, BEST FEATURE FILM.

Director: Stanislaw Karpinski
Stars: Alex Copeland, Patrick Frost, Peter Godfrey
Action

When a fleet of ancient Spartan ships makes its way across the Mediterranean, folks are delighted to welcome it, but, all too soon it becomes apparent that there is more to them than meets the eye.

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Anne Wakefield ... Artemisa
Ivan Triesault ... Demaratus
Charles Fawcett Charles Fawcett ... Megistias
Michalis Nikolinakos ... Myron (as Michael Nikolinakos)
Edit

Storyline

Essentially true story of how Spartan king Leonidas led an extremely small army of Greek Soldiers (300 of them his personal body guards from Sparta) to hold off an invading Persian army now thought to have numbered 250,000. The actual heroism of those who stood (and ultimately died) with Leonidas helped shape the course of Western Civilization, allowing the Greek city states time to organize an army which repelled the Persians. Set in 480 BC. Written by Jes Beard <jesbeard@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

army | persian | greek | spartan | greece | See All (50) »

Taglines:

Thermopylae... mighty battle epic of a handful of men forming the invincible "flying wedge" - against a killer horde five million strong!


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1962 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Lion of Sparta See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, Greece See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

£500,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Comic artist Frank Miller saw this movie as a boy and said: "it changed the course of my creative life". His graphic novel "300", about the Battle of Thermopylae, was the basis for 300 (2006). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Leonidas, Spartan King: The council must act quickly
Xenathon, Spartan Isolationist: Why?
Leonidas, Spartan King: In order that we Spartans may reach the first line of defense in time.
Xenathon, Spartan Isolationist: And where might that be?
Leonidas, Spartan King: The Pass of Thermopylae.
Xenathon, Spartan Isolationist: Thermopylae, of course. That's the pass that protects Athens.
Leonidas, Spartan King: No! It's the pass that protects GREECE! Mere cities don't matter now. It is Greece that counts! Only by being united can we hope to avoid slavery. Now, I am no politician, but I will plead this cause with you until the moon wanes and the night brings forth a new day!
See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: In the Year 480 B.C. King Xerxes of Persia set in motion his enormous slave empire to crush the small group of independent Greek states-the only stronghold of freedom still remaining in the then known world . . . See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
It's always about the Spartans. What about the Thespians?
16 March 2007 | by fheiser1See all my reviews

This is a great movie but it steps into one of my pet peeves, the 700 Thespians. They never get the same press as the Spartans. They died with the Spartans, citizen soldiers and professional warriors fighting side by side for the freedom of others. If you want drama, pathos and tragedy, the story of some sculptor, farmer or smithie with a comfortable life, a wife, kids and a career sacrificing himself for freedom would impress me a lot more than a professional warrior taught to treat life with contempt from the earliest age.

Not that I'd call Sparta a "free" state. Democracy does not equal freedom. Yes they did elect their governing council but free states don't take your male children from you at age 7 to turn them into killing machines, don't murder slaves as a rite of passage and don't kill imperfect babies as a matter of law. The slaves in Sparta (the Helots) outnumbered the citizens by a wide margin and could never become citizens themselves. Even those who became emancipated (but still could never be citizens) were held in contempt and fear and were often massacred. Sparta lived in perpetual fear of a Helot revolt.

The Thespians were a free people who worshiped Eros and the Muses and lacked a warrior class. Their version of "slavery" was closer to indentured servitude where you had legal rights and could earn your freedom. Thespia was burned despite the sacrifice of its people at Thermopylae. The survivors still managed to muster another 1800 for the final battle at Plataea.

Incidentally, there were about 5-7000 Greek troops total. It was realistic that such a force could have held the pass indefinitely. Most were dismissed when the Persians threatened to surround them. The Spartans and Thespians remained behind to cover their retreat. (Apparently some Thebans also stayed behind but surrendered before the final battle.)


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 106 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed