The 300 Spartans

The 300 Spartans

DVD - 2004
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In the 5th-century B.C., King Leonidas of Sparta has only his 300 bodyguards to stand with him against an invasion by the 60,000 men of the Persian army. Their heroic stand against the invasion gives the other Greek city-states time to organize a large fighting force and ultimately defeat the Persians.


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May 06, 2018

(This movie deserves more than a silly one word review)

I quite liked this version of the story of the 300 Spartans. People who only like today's superhero movies, weightless cgi and effects like "speed ramping" will be disappointed. So watch that other movie about the 300 if that's what you like. But if you have enjoyed things like "The Ten Commandments" and other "historical epics" of the 1950s and 1960s, you may get a kick out of this. Lots of flesh and blood extras as well, as opposed to the norm of today of a "cast of thousands" meaning hundreds of thousands of pixels on the screen.

Sep 23, 2017

UGH !!!!

Sep 29, 2010

A bit stiff & archaic in places, but still a moving account of one of history's greatest battles. I love a good scrap, & the ancient Spartans were always up for one. The film includes Simonides' moving epitaph & some wonderfully laconic wit & bravado from the mouths of Greek soldiers, lifted straight from Herodotus.

Sep 29, 2010

Hollywood's 1962 retelling of the dramatic Battle of Thermopylae of 480 B.C., fought by a few thousand Greek troops under the leadership of 300 highly disciplined soldiers from the city-state of Sparta against a vastly larger army of invading Persians. Although the Greeks were eventually beaten in this round, they went on to defeat the Persians later, and the Spartans' exploits have become an icon of Western civilization, an example of how superb military training and strategy can overcome overwhelming odds, and an enduring symbol of courage. Although dated in its script, production style, and fashions, the film is impressive and heroic. It also inspired comic-book artist Frank Miller's 1998 limited-edition graphic novel "300" and its derivative 2007 film of the same name.


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