The 300 Spartans

Director: Rudolph Maté
Writer: Gian Paolo Callegari, Remigio Del Grosso
Theatrical: 1962
Rated: NR
Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
Genre: Action & Adventure
Duration: 114
Media: DVD
Collection ID: 581
DVD Details
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Picture Format: Anamorphic Widescreen
Discs: 1
Region: 1
Release:May 2004
Price: $14.98
Leonidas, Spartan King
Richard Egan
Themistocles of Athens
Ralph Richardson
Ellas, Leonidas' Niece
Diane Baker
Phylon, son of Grellas
Barry Coe
Xerxes, Persian King
David Farrar
Hydarnes, Commander of the Immortals
Donald Houston
Gorgo, Leonidas' Wife
Anna Synodinou
Ephialtes, Greek Traitor
Kieron Moore
Agathon the Spartan Spy
John Crawford
Pentheus, Leonidas' Second in Command
Robert Brown
First Delegate
Laurence Naismith
Artemisa, Queen of the Halicarnassians
Anne Wakefield
Demaratus, Exiled Spartan King
Ivan Triesault
Megistias the Seer
Charles Fawcett
Myron, Spartan Sub Commander
Michalis Nikolinakos
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 armored 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"