Overall Rank: 3724
Average Rating: 2.8/4
# of Ratings: 28
Theatrical Release Date: 08/01/1962
Genre: Adventure, Drama
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Rudolph Maté
Actors: Richard Egan, Ralph Richardson, Diane Baker, Barry Coe, David Farrar, Donald Houston
Plot: In 5th Century B.C. the Persian Empire seeks to conquer Greece, at that time divided in many "Polis" (city). The Greeks form an alliance, at sea and on the land, which is led by Sparta, who was known for their warrior culture. The Battle of Thermopylae is the loyal 300 Spartans heroic sacrifice to save Greek cities from the numerous army of the greatest empire at that time. -- Ionut valentin
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Indyfreak - wrote on 12/03/2018
People forget that there was once a much earlier dramatization of the heroic Spartan's last stand during the Battle of Thermopylae than Zack Snyder's memetic rendition 300 (2007). And it's not hard to figure out why. The 300 Spartans (1962) is a paint-by-numbers epic. It has the expected elements: battle scenes, grand speeches, chaste romances, dastardly villains, courageous heroes, etc.
But it is unexpectedly dull and uninteresting. Ralph Richardson is not bad as the wise Greek politician and David Farrar (in his last role) is amusing as the evil Persian king Xerxes. Unfortunately, the main actor Richard Egan does not have the chops to carry a big budget epic like this.
It does look expensive and may yet prove of interest to enthusiasts of classical history.
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