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300 (2007)



Critic Consensus: A simple-minded but visually exciting experience, full of blood, violence, and ready-made movie quotes.

Movie Info

Sin City author Frank Miller's sweeping take on the historic Battle of Thermopylae comes to the screen courtesy of Dawn of the Dead director Zack Snyder. Gerard Butler stars as Spartan King Leonidas and Lena Headey plays Queen Gorgo. The massive army of the Persian Empire is sweeping across the globe, crushing every force that dares stand in its path. When a Persian envoy arrives in Sparta offering King Leonidas power over all of Greece if he will only bow to the will of the all powerful Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), the strong-willed leader assembles a small army comprised of his empire's best fighters and marches off to battle. Though they have virtually no hope of defeating Xerxes' intimidating battalion, Leonidas' men soldier on, intent on letting it be known they will bow to no man but their king. Meanwhile, back in Sparta, the loyal Queen Gorgo attempts to convince both the skeptical council and the devious Theron (Dominic West) to send more troops despite the fact that many view Leonidas' unsanctioned war march as a serious transgression. As Xerxes' fearsome "immortals" draw near, a few noble Greeks vow to assist the Spartans on the battlefield. When King Leonidas and his 300 Spartan warriors fell to the overwhelming Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, the fearless actions of the noble fighters inspired all of Greece to stand up against their Persian enemy and wage the battle that would ultimately give birth to the modern concept of democracy. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for graphic battle sequences throughout, some sexuality and nudity)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Gordon, Kurt Johnstad, Zack Snyder, Michael B. Gordon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 31, 2007
Box Office: $210.6M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Gerard Butler
as King Leonidas
Lena Headey
as Queen Gorgo
Andrew Tiernan
as Ephialtes
Tom Wisdom
as Astinos
Bonnie Mak
as Slave Girl
Amélie Sorel
as Slave Girl
Caroline Aspirot
as Slave Girl
Gina Gagnon
as Slave Girl
Tania Trudell
as Slave Girl
Stephanie Aubrey
as Slave Girl
Manny Cortez Tuazon
as Asian Transsexual
Atif Siddiqi
as Arabian Transsexual
Camille Rizkallah
as Giant With Arrow
Trudi Hanley
as Long-Necked Woman
Neon Cobran
as Litter-Bearer Slave
Greg Kramer
as Ephor No.1
Michael Sinelnikoff
as Elder Councilman
John Dunn-Hill
as Councilman
Loucas Minchillo
as Spartan Baby
Nicholas Minchillo
as Spartan Baby
Tom Rack
as Ephor No.3
James Bradford
as Ephor No.5
Tyrone Benskin
as Persian Emissary
Robert Maillet
as Giant Immortal
Patrick Sabongui
as Persian General
Stewart Myiow
as Persian General
Veronique-Natale Sza...
as Daughter at Market
Maeva Nadon
as Girl at Market
David Thibodeau
as Boy at Market
Jean Michel Paré
as Other Council Guard
Vervi Mauricio
as Armless Persian Conc...
Ariadne Bourbonniere
as Kissing Persian Conc...
Isabelle Fournel
as Kissing Persian Conc...
Tyler Neitzel
as Teenaged Leonidas
David Lapommeray
as Persian General Slau...
Isabelle Champeau
as Mother at Market
Sara Giacalone
as Persian Concubine No...
Mercedes Leggett
as Slave Girl
Chanelle Lamothe
as Slave Girl
Eli Snyder
as Young Leonidas
Tim Connolly
as Leonidas' Father
Neil Napier
as Spartan With Stick
Stuart Myiow
as Persian General
Dylan Scott Smith
as Sentry No. 1
Andréanne Ross
as Concubines
Maurizio Terrazzano
as Sentry No. 2
Andrew Shaver
as Free Greek Potter
Robin Wilcock
as Free Greek Sculptor
Kent McQuaid
as Free Greek Blacksmit...
Marcel Jeannin
as Free Greek Baker
Jere Gillis
as Spartan General No. ...
Jeremy Thibodeau
as Spartan Boy
Alex Ivanovici
as Ephor No. 2
Dave Lapommeray
as Slaughtered Persian ...
Leon Laderach
as Executioner
Charles Papasoff
as Blacksmith
Craig Kelly
as Oracle Girl
Marie-Julie Rivest
as Leonidas' Mother
Stephanie Aubry
as Slave Girls
Alexandra Beaton
as Burned Village Survi...
Robert Paradis
as Spartan General
Peter Mensah
as Messenger
Kwasi Songui
as Persian
Sébastian St Germain
as Fighting Boy (12 Yea...
Dennis St John
as Spartan Baby Inspect...
as Transexual (Asian) #...
Gary A. Hecker
as Ubermortal Vocals
Arthur Holden
as Partisan
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Critic Reviews for 300

All Critics (228) | Top Critics (47)

300 has one-dimensional caricatures who talk like professional wrestlers plugging their next feud.

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

There is an intelligent movie to be made about Spartan warrior culture, but 300 is not it. It is a fun ride, though, as long as you don't see it on a full stomach.

Full Review… | March 22, 2016
Jerusalem Post

Our instinctual desire to sneer at the implausibility of the story is stalled by a sense of ambition that seems unmatched even by the standards of the Hollywood assembly line.

Full Review… | September 13, 2013

So manly it makes Troy look like a Mary-Kate and Ashley adventure.

Full Review… | November 3, 2012

Wallowing in the same adolescent nihilism as his Sin City, this adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel suffers from a similar lack of momentum.

Full Review… | July 9, 2012
Time Out Chicago

As the first blockbuster of the year, 300 sets the bar high enough, and is enjoyably silly.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010

Audience Reviews for 300

pretty silly - world's longest video game cut scene

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

300' is a totally riveting masterpiece of film making. Zack Snyder, inspired by the graphic novel, has brought a 2487 year-old news story to life with people you really care about who are faced with choices between compromise and war that are all too familiar today.

The breath-taking CGI images are flawlessly integrated with the live action. All the actors are excellent in their roles, and Butler IS Leonidas.

The sound design is excellent. The score was recorded by the London Phil with a full chorus and is beautiful to listen to, but is very reminiscent of 'Gladiator' which detracts from the otherwise total originality of the film.

This movie integrates the potentials of film-making and story-telling in a wonderful new way that is the best of both entertainment and artistic achievement. 4 Stars 9-24-07 (Updated)

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Gerard Butler gives a commanding performance (the best of his career so far) as Spartan King Leonidas in this intense, surreal, epic, and beautifully shot, edited, and directed historical fantasy. Snyder has created a great and unique cinematic experience that, while not being completely historically accurate, is a wonderfully entertaining and stylish take on the Battle of Thermopylae in which a small group of Spartan warriors do battle against a vastly overwhelming number of Persians who wish to conquer them.

Though this film is largely style over substance, it does have some deeper themes and what not going through it, chiefly that of fascism. You root for the Spartans, and you're rooting for fascism. Kinda like Starship Troopers though not quite as brilliant. The slow-mo gets a tad overused, and yeah, the Persians are undeniably portrayed as perhaps too fey and sibilant, but hell, this is fun, not art. I actually prefer this to the graphic novel it's based on because this has much more story and depth.

All in all, a bloody good show.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


Xerxes: There will be no glory in your sacrifice. I will erase even the memory of Sparta from the histories! Every piece of Greek parchment shall be burned. Every Greek historian, and every scribe shall have their eyes pulled out, and their tongues cut from their mouths. Why, uttering the very name of Sparta, or Leonidas, will be punishable by death! The world will never know you existed at all!
– Submitted by Connor N (24 days ago)
King Leonidas: Tonight, we dine in hell!
– Submitted by Bailey G (2 years ago)
Xerxes: Unlike the cruel Leonidas, who demanded that you stand. I require only that you kneel.
– Submitted by Ahmed N (2 years ago)
Persian: A thousand nations of the Persian empire descend upon you. Our arrows will blot out the sun.
Stelios: Then we will fight in the shade.
– Submitted by Typhon Q (3 years ago)

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