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Original title
300 (Three Hundred)
Running time
117 min.
United States United States
Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad, Michael Gordon (Comic: Frank Miller, Lynn Varley)
Tyler Bates
Larry Fong
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Warner Bros. Pictures / Legendary Pictures / Virtual Studio
Action. War. Adventure. Fantasy | Epic film. Ancient Greece. Based on a Comic
Movie Groups
Frank Miller Adaptations
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Synopsis / Plot
Based on the epic graphic novel by Frank Miller, 300 is a ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. The story revolves around the battle of Thermopylae which took place 480 B.C., the film version of which, THE 300 SPARTANS, was to have a lasting impression on Miller as a child. Miller's comic refers directly to this 1962 cinemascope epic by Rudolph Maté about the battle of Thermopylae pass, during which 7,000 Greek soldiers faced an army of 120,000 Persians. Leonidas, the king of the Spartans, led an alliance of Greek city-states, while the Persians were commanded by Xerxes I. By positioning his troops strategically, Leonidas succeeded in thwarting the Persian advance. Only when a local shepherd named Ephialtes betrayed the Greeks, revealing a mountain path that led behind the Greek lines, were the Persians able to form a second front against Leonidas. In order to secure the retreat of the rest of his army, Leonidas barricaded himself into a fortress along with 300 loyal followers. Heroditus records that Leonidas was killed during the ensuing slaughter, and that his body was defiled by the Persians. However, the Spartans fought to regain the body of their king, and managed to hide it from their enemies to the very end. Although the Greeks were finally overwhelmed, the Persians had sustained significant losses.
2007: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Nominated for Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Critics' reviews
  • "'300' is one breathtaking digi-tableau after another. But the dialogue is a joke, the performances have more to do with bodybuilding than character, and the lesson that the film imparts isn't anything to do with courage and military skill"
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