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The 300 Spartans (1962)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, History | October 1962 (Austria)
A small army of Greeks spearheaded by 300 Spartans do battle with the whole invading Persian army.

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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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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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$8,500,000 (estimated)
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Finnish censorship certificate # 64266 delivered on 29-1-1963. See more »

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When the Persian army is into Greece where they will meet the Spartans, they are marching between mountains on their left, and water on their right. In actuality, the Persians were marching south along the eastern edge of Greece, so the water would have been on their left with mountains on their right. The way the movie portrays it, the Persians are marching out of Greece. See more »

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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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Featured in Manos Hajidakis - Eidolo ston kathrefti (2008) See more »

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A Tale of Courage, Heroism and Idealism
6 April 2007 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In 480 BC, the ambitious, cruel and merciless King Xerxes (David Farrar) of Persia invades Greece with his huge army to extend his vast slave empire. The brave Spartan army is the great hope to free and unite Greece, and Ling Leonidas (Richard Egan) promises to the council of the Greek Stats to defend the passage of Thermopylae, the only way by land to reach Athens. However, he is betrayed by the politicians of Sparta and stays alone with his personal body guard army composed of three hundred warriors only. Using courage and great knowledge of strategies of war, he defends Thermopylae until a treacherous goatherd tells King Xerxes a secret goat passage leading to the back of Leonidas's army.

The epic "The 300 Spartans" is a great tale of courage, heroism and idealism. This story has romance, action and drama, with great interpretations and choreography in the battle scenes. I laughed a lot with the witty line of the old goatherd to Phylon: - "Who can understand the way of gods? They create lovely girls and then turn them into wives." The use of red clothes by the Spartan army to hide the blood from the enemies shows how this warriors were war oriented . My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Os 300 de Esparta" ("The 300 from Sparta")


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