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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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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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army | persian | greek | spartan | greece | See All (51) »

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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:

£500,000 (estimated)
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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

Sir Ralph Richardson has only four scenes, despite being second billed. See more »

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Rigid stirrups are shown in use by horse riders; however, this type of stirrup wasn't in use until some centuries later. The first dependable representation of paired stirrups dates to around 322 A.D. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: "Oh, Stranger, tell the Spartans that we lie here obedient to their word." This last message of the fallen heroes rallied Greece to victory, first at Salamis, as predicted, and then at Plataea. But it was more than a victory for Greece. It was a stirring example to free people throughout the world of what a few brave men can accomplish once they refuse to submit to tyranny.
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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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I like this better than "300"
18 March 2007 | by Col_HesslerSee all my reviews

If you enjoy a lot of blood, then watch "300". But, if you want something closer to what history really tells us happened at Thermopylae, then "The 300 Spartans" is what you want. I enjoyed the fact that they showed what both sides had in that time as far as weapons and tactics were concerned. They also kept the focus on the bravery of the Spartans, and that all of Greece not only wished them well, but could help, as with the Athenian fleet, not some CGI generated storm.

This was also marked by good acting all around, from Richard Egan as Leonidas, and all the supporting cast. This movie is for those who crave real history, even if much of what occurred may be lost to the ages.


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