King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

Director:

Zack Snyder

Writers:

Zack Snyder (screenplay), Kurt Johnstad (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Popularity
266 ( 3)
19 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Butler ... King Leonidas
Lena Headey ... Queen Gorgo
Dominic West ... Theron
David Wenham ... Dilios
Vincent Regan ... Captain
Michael Fassbender ... Stelios
Tom Wisdom ... Astinos
Andrew Pleavin ... Daxos
Andrew Tiernan ... Ephialtes
Rodrigo Santoro ... Xerxes
Giovani Cimmino ... Pleistarchos (as Giovani Antonio Cimmino)
Stephen McHattie ... Loyalist
Greg Kramer ... Ephor #1
Alex Ivanovici ... Ephor #2
Kelly Craig ... Oracle Girl
Edit

Storyline

In the Battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC an alliance of Greek city-states fought the invading Persian army in the mountain pass of Thermopylae. Vastly outnumbered, the Greeks held back the enemy in one of the most famous last stands of history. Persian King Xerxes led a Army of well over 100,000 (Persian king Xerxes before war has about 170,000 army) men to Greece and was confronted by 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians, and 400 Thebans. Xerxes waited for 10 days for King Leonidas to surrender or withdraw but left with no options he pushed forward. After 3 days of battle all the Greeks were killed. The Spartan defeat was not the one expected, as a local shepherd, named Ephialtes, defected to the Persians and informed Xerxes that the separate path through Thermopylae, which the Persians could use to outflank the Greeks, was not as heavily guarded as they thought. Written by cyberian2005

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Spartans, prepare for glory! See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic battle sequences throughout, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

James Cameron is a huge fan of the film. See more »

Goofs

Ephors were not crazy old priests: they were representatives of the citizens of Sparta, elected each year. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dilios: When the boy was born, like all Spartans, he was inspected.
See more »

Crazy Credits

The opening Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures and Virtual Studios logos are made of stone and appear in front of a brown, cloudy sky. See more »

Connections

Featured in Starz Inside: Comic Books Unbound (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

To Victory
Composed by Tyler Bates
See more »

User Reviews

 
"Spartan! Come back with your shield, or on it."
19 August 2007 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

The key of Zack Zinder's epic style of film was to take the action event and turn it into a mythology… He wanted to get to the essence of the Spartans, and to show us the story of a handful of soldiers willing to risk all for a larger western concept of freedom and liberty…

"300" is an interpretation of a complex historical event, the collision of cultures that continues to this day… Spartan warriors and Persian soldiers were probably the most extreme cultures of that moment…

They were interesting elements of truth in Zinder's movie: The Spartans were not like the Athenians… They lived under more barbaric rules… Every Spartan was a soldier… They fight as a specialized unit ("That's the source of our strength!"). Once they get this right group of iron, brass and muscles they become almost undefeatable ("Today no Spartans die!").

If you're a Spartan citizen you're a soldier ("Spartans! What is your profession?"), you're a pure warrior struggling for justice and for what you believe is true… The Spartans remain a mystery to everybody… They were, probably, unique… Till the day of the clash, they have never met an adversary who could offer them what they call 'a beautiful death.' They only were hoping with all the massive army gathered against them, there might be one down there who's up to the task ("Spartans! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty... For tonight, we dine in hell!").

Both the Spartans and Samurai warriors were comparably fierce and passionate ("No prisoners! No mercy!")... They were raging soldiers ("Give them nothing but take from them everything!")… But at the same time they had an absolute code of honor on the essence of being a Spartan… And it's cruel, very cruel… When a boy was born, he was inspected… If he's been sick or deformed, the child is murdered… From the time he could stand, he was taught not to retreat, never to surrender… He was taught that death on the battlefield in service to Sparta was the greatest glory he could achieve in his life… At the age of seven, all the boys were taken away from their mothers and plunged into a world of violence, turning them into growing men, ultimate warriors the world has ever known…

King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) was a legendary hero, somebody special… His name was the descendant of lions… He was very powerful, very thoughtful and perhaps in the film far more human than he is even in the graphic novel... Leonidas was a practical man whose life is matched by a straight road to one gleaming moment in destiny and that day, he couldn't meekly swallow the insult of Sparta's submission to the world of Xerxes… "This is Sparta!," as he shouted to Xerxes' emissary, affirming that there is no softness, no place for weakness, and only the hard and strong may call themselves Spartans…

What I loved about Leonidas was his needs, in his moment of indecision, of a back-up, maybe a second opinion, some assurance of his wife Queen Gorgo… So we see him, both times, looking to his wife…

Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) was a great character not only in the film but in history… She was sexy and beautiful and above all tough and aggressive… There was intensity, elegance and ability in her… Also a kind of femininity in her nobility... There's only one moment when she loses it at the end and it was not a breakdown…

We know lot of Queen Gorgo thanks to Herodotus, the father of the history, who chooses to write about her which clearly demonstrate she was significant… Spartan women were special anyway, they were incredibly beautiful and Sparta was the land of beautiful women… They were beautiful because they were physically fit, because they were allowed to exercise… They were not repressed and were considered incredibly potent… Gorgo could speak among men because as she affirmed it before the Persian emissary: "Only Spartan women give birth to real men!"

Gorgo's one love scene with Leonidas and the dialogue beforehand, was powerful: "It is not a question of what a Spartan citizen SHOULD do nor a husband, nor a king. Instead ask yourself, my dearest love, what should a free man do?"

Brutally violent and completely faithful to Miller's work, Zinder's "300" is inspiring, brave, and bloody artistic film


106 of 200 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2,240 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook

Country:

USA | Canada | Bulgaria | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

300: The IMAX Experience See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$70,885,301, 11 March 2007

Gross USA:

$210,614,939

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$456,068,181
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Sonics-DDP (IMAX version)| DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed