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The 300 Spartans (1962)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | October 1962 (Austria)
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A small Army of Greeks spearheaded by three hundred 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 »
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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)
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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>

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


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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 »

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Budget:

GBP500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The final movie for David Farrar (Xerxes), after which he retired to South Africa. See more »

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Phylon was ordered to use torches to light the hay by pretending to be dead. He was clearly given 4 torches, however, when we cross to him later, he only has 2 torches. See more »

Quotes

Pentheus, Leonidas' Second in Command: He saved my life, Leonidas.
Leonidas, Spartan King: I know that. He also disobeyed orders.
[to Phylon]
Leonidas, Spartan King: In wartime, the punishment is death. You know that Phylon.
Phylon, son of Grellas: Yes.
Leonidas, Spartan King: So death it will be.
[to Agathon]
Leonidas, Spartan King: Get him his armor and a red cloak. That's the only way for Spartans to die these days.
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The box for the Fox U.S. DVD release credits the director as "Rudy Mate." "Rudy" was actually director Rudolph Mate's nickname. See more »

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My favorite all time movie
25 January 2004 | by ppeterson2-1See all my reviews

I saw this movie when it first came out in 1962, I believe, when I was just a kid and it is still one of my favorite movies of all time. As I got older there were a few mistakes in it that I noticed. One was, someone in the movie said that the Spartans fight like Machines. I don't think that the word machines or machines in general were invented then. I could be wrong though. A few other flaws but in my judgement it is one the finest army action fighting movies.Reading history books about the Persian wars it seems quite accurate.


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