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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 photos of ancient Greek ruins used during the main credits are directly comparable with the paintings used during the main credits of The Guns of Navarone (1961). See more »

Goofs

When the Spartan soldiers are in the water in that scene, "Night Attack", the ocean and the lower parts of the hills that are in the background are dark because its obviously "night". But in the background the daylight can clearly be seen. The lower half of the land is dark and the top half is illuminated. It's not the shadow of cloud, it's not supposed to be because it's night. See more »

Quotes

Gorgo, Leonidas' Wife: In the absence of your dead mother, I present you this shield and say to you
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Gorgo, Leonidas' Wife: 'Return with the shield or on it'.
Woman at Shield Ceremony: What does that mean?
Ellas, Leonidas' Niece: Either return carrying this shield in victory or carried on the shield in death.
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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 »

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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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