#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Essentially true story of how Spartan king Leonidas led an extremely small army of Greek Soldiers (300 of them his personal body guards from Sparta) to hold off an invading Persian army now thought to have numbered 250,000. The actual heroism of those who stood (and ultimately died) with Leonidas helped shape the course of Western Civilization, allowing the Greek city states time to organize an army which repelled the Persians. Set in 480 BC.
Plot: Essentially true story of how Spartan king Leonidas led an extremely small army of Greek Soldiers (300 of his personal body guards from Sparta) to hold off an invading Persian army now thought to have numbered 250,000.
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Oasis of freedom against desert of slavery
* Persia: “Our arrows will blot out the sun!”
* Sparta: “Good! Then we will fight in the shade…”
With these famous lines from the movie THE 300 SPARTANS, I decided to begin my comment since the words best resemble what clash really took place a long time ago at Thermopylae – one of the most known and captivating battles in history when a mere wave of a few free men dared say “NO” to the ocean of “immortal” Asian hoards. But there are other, more important words that immediately direct our attention on the right track:
“Oh, Stranger, tell the Spartans that we lie here obedient to their word.”
For centuries, the sublime words written at Thermopylae addressed to a stranger, anyone who is passing by have touched people. Artists drew paintings, writers wrote stories, and, in 1962 Rudolph Mate used perhaps the most powerful medium of our times, cinema. At the heyday of epic movies, he made THE 300 SPARTANS keeping to all significant “commandments” of a spectacle but also maintaining other important cases that have been noticed in time.
It’s true that THE 300 SPARTANS is a visually stunning spectacle. But it is very important to mention that this film, besides the lavish sets, costumes, magnificent crowd scenes made in accordance with the spirit of a colossal movie, is a very captivating and absorbing insight into the historical characters. King Leonidas (Richard Egan) also carries human responsibilities, has a wife whom he loves, owns a very balanced view of his people, is aware of strengths and weaknesses, knows the lack of loyalty, the bitterness of treason but despite all of these, he is equally ready to return on the shield or with it for his people, for Sparta. Phylon (Barry Coe) is a simple Spartan soldier who is, for the time being, deprived of honor to join the army. Although he loves his beautiful woman Ellas (Diane Baker), he is ready to march a huge distance to become one of those who fight. Being granted the right to defend his country is of ultimate importance to him, that’s how he was brought up, that’s what he has been living for. The family shame (his father’s treason) is something he has to cope with for long but individual effort and straightforward desire make him worthy dying for ideals at last. Therefore, we can as well state that THE 300 SPARTANS differs from the latest movie 300 exactly in that character development – the characters here are not only strong men who only fight well and are directed towards dining in hell but human beings with the feelings that they are bound to control, psychological strength that they must retain, and ideals that they live and die for.
The performances are absolutely terrific though some people may not appear to be cast well to their parts. Richard Egan is marvelous as Leonidas. He has that nobility in his manners and that undeniable courage which Leonidas must have had. His best moments include the final sequence when he talks to his men: We must fulfill our duty so that Sparta can be free. Ralph Richardson is very appealing as Themistocles, a remarkable diplomat for whom truth is a heady wine and according to whom there are no hopeless wars but only hopeless cowards. Barry Coe, in spite of his youthful face and gentle manners, does a fine job as persistent Phylon. And David Farrar as Xerxes…here opinions may differ, even more intensely in the latest year when we have seen Rodrigo Santoro in this role. Despite possible comparison, one thing is true, Farrar is too old and through his acting, he rather reminds me of some experienced, tired, and not a very convincing ruler than the exotic, vital, desirous of power and honors master of Persia. Moreover, the pair of Xerxes and Artemisa (Anne Wakefield) makes it all a bit humorous. Yet, I leave that open to everyone’s view.
Another factor, except for character development, that goes outside the rules of a spectacle are powerful moments and script. They make THE 300 SPARTANS more similar to SPARTACUS than THE TEN COMMANDMENTS. The absolutely memorable conversation of Leonidas and Hydarnes (Donald Houston) I entailed at the beginning became a symbol of the movie in years. Another brilliant moment is at the cottage of a mountaineer: “Gods create beautiful women and later transform them into wives.” Moreover, except for many other terrific script moments, Xerxes is showed at the beginning on his throne saying memorably “At Marathon, my father sent a mere wave, now I lead an ocean.” The final scene, though a bit too short, has an unforgettable feeling that can hardly be expressed: the shields kill all Spartans but they are not afraid, they are with their king. I usually reflected on the fact what really made those Spartans immortal in history: was it their tragic end or the absolute loyalty and obedience that they retained to the last breath?
THE 300 SPARTANS is a must see not only for history buffs but for all viewers. The film is made in an accurate way, constitutes a nice history lesson that also talks to modern times and explains much from human ideals universal throughout the world history. It’s a captivating story of courage, loyalty, ideals protection and death in dignity. No wonder why this is the film which also moved Frank Miller in his youth and prompted him to write a graphic novel and finally to make a movie.
Indeed, it was the time when an oasis of free patriots clashed with the desert of warriors in captivity and the oasis won in human hearts. 8/10
“Mere cities don’t matter now. It is Greece that counts!”
I became aware of this movie after seeing the Zach Snyder directed film “300” but it’s taken a long while to get around to seeing it. You might consider this the ‘realistic’ portrayal of the siege at Thermopylae as opposed to the highly stylized treatment of the later movie, which itself was based on the graphic novel work of Frank Miller. Miller saw “The 300 Spartans” when he was a mere five years old, and the impression it made remained firmly etched in his mind. It gave Miller the luxury of years of research into the customs, traditions, training, weaponry and military strategy of the ancient Greeks, which he adapted into his award winning writing.
The thing that always impresses me with these older films is the elaborate and ostentatious presentation of the ancient armies and their colorful military gear. Those bright red war cloaks and fancy tunics of the Spartans makes me wonder if that’s how fashionably attired a Greek army might have been back in 480 B.C. It doesn’t seem quite possible to me, but who’s to say. As the story progresses, a degree of emphasis is placed on the idea of the Greek city-states coming together to face the threat presented by King Xerxes (David Farrar) and the Persian army, even if Leonidas (Richard Egan) was less than successful in establishing that union.
As for the battle action, I thought it was just a bit too organized in the sense of the military on both sides marching in lockstep to face each other for each individual skirmish. Everything occurs right out there in the open with the sheer numbers of the winning side dictating victory. Though in this case, the Spartan defeat won some time for the Greeks to stave off the Persian threat at Salamis and Plataea, thus successfully ending the Persian invasion.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 54 min (114 min)
Genre Adventure, Drama, History
Director Rudolph Maté
Writer George St. George, Ugo Liberatore, Remigio Del Grosso
Actors Richard Egan, Ralph Richardson, Diane Baker
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 3,155 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process CinemaScope (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm