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The 300 Spartans ()


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

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King Leonidas
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Themistocles of Athens (as Sir Ralph Richardson)
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Ellas
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Phylon
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Xerxes
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Hydarnes
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Gorgo
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Ephialtes
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Agathon the Spartan Spy
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Pentheus
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First Delegate
Anne Wakefield ...
Artemisa
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Demaratus
Charles Fawcett ...
Megistias
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Myron (as Michael Nikolinakos)
Sandro Giglio ...
Xenathon
Anna Raftopoulou ...
Toris
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Samos
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Demophilus of Thespiae (as George Moutsios)
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Grellas (as N. Papaconstantinou)
John G. Contes ...
Artovadus
Marietta Flemotomos ...
Woman at Shield Ceremony
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Mardonius (uncredited)
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Athenian citizen & Persian General (uncredited)

Directed by

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Rudolph Maté

Written by

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George St. George ... (written by)
 
Ugo Liberatore ... (original story material) (as Ugo Liberatori) &
Remigio Del Grosso ... (original story material) &
Giovanni d'Eramo ... (original story material) (as Giovanni D'Eramo) &
Gian Paolo Callegari ... (original story material)

Produced by

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Rudolph Maté ... producer
George St. George ... producer

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Manos Hatzidakis ... (as Manos Hadjidakis)

Cinematography by

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Geoffrey Unsworth ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Jerry Webb ... (as Jerome Webb)

Editorial Department

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John Crome ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Arrigo Equini

Costume Design by

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Ginette Devaud ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

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George Frost ... makeup artist
Amato Garbini ... makeup artist
Vasco Reggiani ... hair stylist
Nikos Varveris ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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William Eckhardt ... production manager (as William G. Eckhardt)

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Erricos Andreou ... assistant director (as Eric Andreou)
Fred R. Simpson ... assistant director
Richard Talmadge ... director of second unit

Art Department

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Enzo Constantini ... set dresser (as Enzo Costantini)
Carlo Gentili ... set dresser

Sound Department

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Rusty Coppleman ... sound editor
David Hildyard ... sound
Winston Ryder ... sound editor (as Win Ryder)
Edgar Vetter ... sound recordist (uncredited)

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Fred Etcheverry ... special effects (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Jerry Kalogeratos ... second unit photography (as Jerry Kalogerados)
Cyril J. Knowles ... second unit photography (as Cyril Knowles)
Francesco Brescini ... electrician (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Anna Maria Feo ... wardrobe mistress (as Anna Maria Fea)

Music Department

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Manos Hatzidakis ... conductor (as Manos Hadjidakis)

Other crew

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Cleanthis Damianos ... military adviser (as Major Cleanthis Damianos)
Paul Nord ... historical story adviser
Maggie Unsworth ... continuity (as Maggie Shipway)
Helen Whitson ... continuity
Ted Zarpas ... assistant to the producers
Harriet Medin ... dialogue coach (uncredited)

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Their Majesties The King and Queen of the Hellenes ... the producers acknowledge their gratitude to, whose whole-hearted cooperation made this project possible (as Their Majesties the King and Queen of the Hellenes)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Thermopylae... mighty battle epic of a handful of men forming the invincible "flying wedge" - against a killer horde five million strong! See more »
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Also Known As
  • La bataille des Thermopyles (France)
  • El león de Esparta (Spain)
  • Der Löwe von Sparta (Austria)
  • I mahi ton Thermopylon (Greece)
  • Los 300 héroes (Argentina)
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Runtime
  • 114 min
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Budget GBP500,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 While most of the Spartans wear the correct headgear, Leonidas and his officers wear Roman legionnaire style helmets that wouldn't be around for about 200 years. (This may have been so that they could easily be identified.) See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Manos Hadjidakis: Reflection in the Mirror (2008). 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 »
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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