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The 300 Spartans [DVD]

Richard Egan , Ralph Richardson , Robert Brown    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Egan, Ralph Richardson, Diane Baker, Barry Coe, David Farrar
  • Directors: Robert Brown
  • Producers: Manos Hadjidakis, Rudolph Maté
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,203 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The futile yet inspiring stand of 300 Greek soldiers against the hugest army ever assembled in the ancient world inspired this typical example of Hollywood epic movie-making. King Leonidas of Sparta (Richard Egan, Demetrius and the Gladiators), prevented by political squabbling from sending his entire army to defend the narrow pass of Thermopylae, sets out with his personal bodyguard to fight off the ambitious Persian king, Xerxes. Along the way are a pair of young lovers, scantily clad dancing girls, and treachery though a secret mountain path. The 300 Spartans, made in 1961, has an overstated cold war subtext--there's much talk of freedom vs. slavery--and there are a few too many shots of armoured men marching through the Greek countryside, but the historical conflict has a fundamentally stirring quality. Also featuring Sir Ralph Richardson (Dr. Zhivago, Dragonslayer) as a wily Athenian politician. --Bret Fetzer

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
The narrow pass of Thermopalyae is long gone, with centuries of sendiment building a large plain. The location of the statue of King Leonidas of Sparta set up along the highway does provide a sense of how narrow the geography was in 480 B.C. when a small force of Spartans and other Greek warriors held up the advance of King Xerxes and his Persian army (the parallels to the Alamo are palatable). When I visited Greece last week I was glad we were able to stop at the monument for a few minutes, not so much because of what I had read in the history books about the Battle of Thermopalyae but because of the 1962 film "The 300 Spartans."
Granted the acting in this film from director Rudolph Maté is wooden, on a par with the Trojan Horse and the ships that turned out to the wooden walls of Athens that defeated Xerxes at Salamis. But there is still something substantial to the battle sequences, as when Xerxes sends his Immortals against the Spartans and when the Spartans make a final valiant charge to kill the Persian monarch. The basic political history of the times is covered in the film; Greece was debating whether or not to send soldiers that far north to stop the invaders and the Spartans decided not to send troops until a religious festival was over. Consequently, King Leonidas (Richard Eagan) left with his personal bodyguard of 300 soldiers. There is a trivial romantic subplot involving a young Spartan soldier and the girl he tried to leave behind, as well as an exiled Spartan King, Demaratus (Ivan Triesault) who tries to educate Xerxes (David Farrar) about the worth of these 300 soldiers. In the end, the Spartans are betrayed by a Greek traitor who tells the Persians of a pass through the mountains where they can attack from the rear.
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a historically accurate epic 22 April 2005
At last, I watched a Hollywood film that tells the story the way it happened. The theme of the movie is the battle of Thermopylae, maybe the most important battle in the history of Europe. The Persian troups were delayed for 3 days by 300 Spartan warriors, led by Leonidas, at the narrow passage of Thermopylay (Gates of Fire). This gave time for the Athenians, Ionians, Corinthians, Macedonians and the rest of the Greeks to assemble the fleet and give the advancing Asian barbarians the final blow at Salamis.
The movie takes place on lacation, at a very scenic area, with many extras, performing excellent in man to man combat and chariot combat, too.
The classic phrases "Molon Lave", told by Leonidas to Xerxes and "I tan i epi tas", told by the Spartan mothers to their sons, are told, and explained in the movie.
The armor of the Spartan warriors is the historically accurate one, with the big Greek "L" on the front (standing for "Lacedemoniis" (Spartans in ancient Greek), they wear the red cloaks, (so no Spartan blood would be visible to the enemy). The daggers are of the correct size and not mistaken by the Sariza, and the battle cries are the appropriate ones.
The musical score is by Manos Hadjidakis, capturing the epic history in a bewildering way.
After all the "historical" epic - junk i watched lately, i was pleasantly surprised to watch this marvel that was filmed more than 40 years ago. Well done!
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Hampered by a somewhat lame script and perhaps not enough high wattage star power to head the cast, this epic is nevertheless quite watchable; based on actual events in the 480 B.C. Battle of Thermopylae, where a King Leonides of Sparta held the vast Persian army of Xerxes I at bay for three days defending a narrow pass.
The battles are brilliantly staged with its 1001 extras, in massive mano a mano fights, as well as on horseback and in chariots.
A secondary plot consists of a young couple (Diane Baker and Barry Coe) in love against all odds, and are the diversion to an otherwise rather one-note story of Spartans/Greeks vs. Persians.
Richard Egan ably leads his men as Leonides the Lion King of Sparta, but somehow does not have the stature as an actor to really captivate our attention, and other actors include Ralph Richardson as Themistocles of Athens, and David Farrar as Xerxes I.
The cinematography by Geoffrey Unger ("2001: A Space Odyssey") is spectacular, and the transfer to DVD excellent with rich reds in the costumes and the deepest of blue seas, and the score by Manos Hadjidakis ("Never on Sunday") is marvelous and adds a lot to the film.
Director Rudolph Mate had a long career as a brilliant cinematographer going back to the silent film era with the 1928 masterpiece "Passion de Jeanne d'Arc" to later films like "Pride of the Yankees", and this was to be his next to last film as a director.
One can learn history even from a Hollywood epic, as I never knew of the existence of Artemisia the Warrior Queen of Halicarnassus, here played by Anne Wakefield.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original 300 Spartans 21 Jan 2010
I sincerely prefer this original movie to the modern one of recent years. It may not have the same special effects and some of the acting may come across as rather wooden at times but there's just something about this film!
I love the fantastic scenery, great uniforms/helmets and realistic battle scenes - the actual fighting is quality and exciting to watch - EXCELLENT!!
Dated it may well be but still a decent movie from an era that produced some great films based around/on famous battles of the ancient world - some big names are also to be found in the international cast...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An old film but great to watch
Published 8 days ago by n rutherford
5.0 out of 5 stars the 300 spartans
this film is much more true to the real life events, that saved western civilization from being ruled by the persian empire. Read more
Published 1 month ago by warrior
4.0 out of 5 stars great film
would have given five stars but it was in dts 1.0.wonderful in blue ray one of my all time favs
Published 2 months ago by ian r watson
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting historical epic.
Fairly typical 60's sword and sandal affair. Usual mixed casting,from a wooden Richard Egan,as Leonidas the Spartan king,to the thespian skills of Ralph Richardson,as the Athenian... Read more
Published 2 months ago by mihos
5.0 out of 5 stars The 300 Spartans (DVD)
This is a brilliant film from the 1950s, to have together with modern version, of "300". It is good to compare if you are a fan of this ancient cult story of Sparta, as... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ms. C. B. Mclaglen
5.0 out of 5 stars better than The 300
I love this film... it is, much better, than the pro-fascist The 300... and deals with the
historic event better too... Read more
Published 5 months ago by LONDON NINJA.
5.0 out of 5 stars Typical
I counted mine and I only got 288 Spartans. Good DVD though. Highly recommended. These words are only for making up the minimum requirement: do not read them, as you will just be... Read more
Published 10 months ago by R. S. Van Spall
4.0 out of 5 stars the 300 Spartans
Gift for husband. Delivery prompt n for an old film it was ok. Packaging and film quality ok but never going to compare against modern packaging n film quality. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Cookie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
One of my dad's favourite movies, I had to get this as a used item as it is no longer in print. Great quality and my dad was very happy.
Published 12 months ago by Lou
4.0 out of 5 stars Sense of reality reigns
Ok, it doesn't have the computer generated energy of later interpretations, but it has a greater sense of how it would really have been like. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. Norman Clark
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