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300 Spartans, The (1962) 
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The 300 Spartans is the single best movie ever made about the Battle
of Thermopylae. It is also far superior to both of the movies of recent
years, "300" & "Meet the Spartans", that were also about this most
important battle of world history. "300" is nothing more than a pathetic
ripoff of The 300 Spartans.

One of the most surprising aspects of The 300 Spartans is the fact that it
took so long for the Battle of Thermopylae to be made into a movie.
Thermopylae was such an event of heroism in the defense of freedom from
Persian tyranny, it was the perfect subject for a historical epic. In
any event, in 1962 Hollywood finally got around to making a movie about
the Battle of Thermopylae and made it well.

The Battle of Thermopylae was one of the most pivotal events in world
history. Historians say that if the heroism of the Spartans at
Thermopylae did not inspire freedom loving Greek warriors to
successfully defend their homeland and western civilization, then Greek
notions such as freedom and democracy may have died along with Greece
itself. If that happened, then western civilization as we
know it would not exist today.

Richard Egan is compelling as the stalwart King Leonidas of Sparta.
Likewise, David Farrar is convincing as the Persian King of Kings.
Perhaps the best actor is Sir Ralph Richardson in the role of the
Athenian statesman Themistocles. Most of the other acting was pretty
good.

The Spartan warriors in their shining armor are impressive and the
onscreen compositions and framing are visually interesting. The color
footage is excellent. The scenery in the movie is consistently
beautiful. This was the work of cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth who
would go on to perform photographic feats on 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The original music by Manos Hadjidakis adds feeling and interest to the
movie as a whole. The movie makes use of a two channel stereo track to
fine effect.

In summation, The 300 Spartans is an outstanding historical movie. It is
true to the facts and the clothing worn by the characters ring true to
life. There is none of the nonsense shown in "300" of Spartan warriors
going around bare chested. Both the level of acting and direction in
The 300 Spartans is nothing short of outstanding. The music and special
effects in this movie are very good. If you want to see a great movie
about the Battle of Thermopylae, then The 300 Spartans is the only movie that fits the bill.


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