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Director: Zack Snyder

Cast: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West


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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 …  See more details below


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.

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All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
The world of swords and sandals is pumped up to the extreme with 300, a testosterone-tinged tale that's been operatically translated from the page to the screen for the action-hungry masses by director Zack Snyder. Adapting Frank Miller's comic series must not have been easy. First and foremost, the books were pure eye candy. Printed in full horizontal splash pages brought to breathtaking life by Lynn Varley's brush strokes, each issue demanded your eye-time first, then paid it off with Miller's typical tough prose later. That same dialogue figures prominently in the film -- in fact, much of the screen and page line up wondrously, even if the film does include its share of deviations. The extra bits of action are welcomed -- armored rhinos are a nice touch, as is the giant chained Persian that's unleashed on the Spartans. However, the added subplot involving the queen has raised a few eyebrows, if only because of the questionable pro-right-wing politics it contains. Snyder himself has shrugged off much of this criticism, although even he cannot deny that this is one of the lone Hollywood products of its time to align itself to such a troubled administration. Some moviegoers might also feel a bit uninvolved in the action simply because the tale is as direct as it is. With little context for most of the characters, the whole thing runs the chance of simply being a song-and-dance number made up of quick-to-slow shots of steel, blood, and open-throated yelling. But really, there's not much wrong with that, just as long as that's something the ticket holders are craving. Stodgy critics have compared it to video-game filmmaking, but it's far better to view it as a stylish exercise in how to bring Miller's work to the big screen in a way that's never been seen before -- just as Robert Rodriguez did with Sin City. In that way, Snyder has achieved what he set out to do. Now it's time for him to apply the skills learned here on something that will ignite the same kind of fire in audiences that Leonidas instilled in his troops.

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Special Features

Additional Scenes of the Traitorous Hunchback and Giant Warriors; Frank Miller's Vision Realized on Film; 300 Spartans - Fact Or Fiction?: The Shocking Life Of a Spartan Revealed; Who Were The Spartans?: How the Actors Built Their Characters based on Spartan Customs; ; Webisodes: Go on Set with the Cast and Crew; Commentary by Director Zack Snyder

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gerard Butler King Leonidas
Lena Headey Gorgo
Dominic West Theron
David Wenham Dilios
Vincent Regan Captain
Michael Fassbender Stelios
Tom Wisdom Astinos
Andrew Pleavin Daxos
Andrew Tiernan Ephialtes
Rodrigo Santoro Xerxes
Giovani Antonio Cimmino Pleistarchos
Stephen McHattie Loyalist
Greg Kramer Ephor #1
Alex Ivanovici Ephor #2
Kelly Craig Oracle Girl
Eli Snyder Leonidas @ 7/8 Yrs
Tyler Neitzel Leonidas @ 15 Yrs
Tim Connolly Leonidas' Father
Marie-Julie Rivest Leonidas' Mother
Sébastian St Germain Fighting Boy (12 Years Old)
Peter Mensah Messenger
Arthur Holden Partisan
Michael Sinelnikoff Elder Councilman
John Dunn-Hill Councilman
Dennis St. John Spartan Baby Inspector
Neil Napier Spartan With Stick
Dylan Scott Smith Sentry #1
Maurizio Terrazzano Sentry #2
Robert Paradis Spartan General
Kwasi Songui Persian
Alexandra Beaton Burned Village Child
Frédéric Smith Statesman
Loucas Minchillo Spartan Baby A
Nicholas Minchillo Spartan Baby B
Tom Rack Ephor #3
David J. Francis Ephor #4
James Bradford Ephor #5
Andrew Shaver Free Greek-Potter
Robin Wilcock Free Geek-Sculptor
Kent McQuaid Free Greek-Blacksmith
Marcel Jeannin Free Greek-Baker
Jere Gillis Spartan General #2
Jeremy Thibodeau Spartan Boy
Tyrone Benskin Persian Emissary
Robert Maillet Uber Immortal (Giant)
Patrick Sabongui Persian General
Leon Laderach Executioner
David Lapommeray Persian General Slaughtered
Vervi Mauricio Armless Concubine
Charles Papasoff Blacksmith
Isabelle Champeau Mother at Market
Veronique-Natale Szalankiewicz Daughter at Market (3/5 Years Old)
Maeva Nadon Girl at Market
David Thibodeau Boy #1 at Market
David Schaap Potter
Jean-Michel Pare Other Council Guard
Stuart Myiow Persian General
Andréanne Ross Concubines
Sara Giacalone Concubines
Ariadne Bourbonniere Kissing Concubines
Isabelle Fournel Kissing Concubines
Sandrine Mérette-Attiow Contortionist
Elisabeth Etienne Dancers
Danielle Hubbard Dancers
Ruan Vibegaard Dancers
Geneviéve Guilbault Slave Girls
Bonnie Mak Slave Girls
Amélie Sorel Slave Girls
Caroline Aspirot Slave Girls
Gina Gagnon Slave Girls
Tania Trudell Slave Girls
Stephanie Aubry Slave Girls
Mercedes Leggett Slave Girls
Stéphania Gambarova Slave Girls
Chanelle Lamothe Slave Girls
Sabrina-Jasmine Guilbault Slave Girl
Manny Cortez Tuazon Transexual (Asian) #1
Cindy Transexual (Asian) #2
Atif Siddiqi Transexual (Asian) #3
Camille Rizkallah Giant With Arrow
Trudi Hanley Long Neck Woman
Neon Cobran Litter Bearer/Slave
Gary A. Hecker Ubermortal Vocals

Technical Credits
Zack Snyder Director,Screenwriter
Frédéric Amblard Set Decoration/Design
Abdul Ayoola Stunts
Steve Barnett Co-producer
Tyler Bates Score Composer
James D. Bissell Production Designer
Hubert Boorder Stunts
Sylvain Bourgeois Stunts
Bob Brown Stunts
Alex Cadieux Stunts
Erland Campbell Stunts
Mark Canton Producer
Clint Carleton Stunts
Jason Cavalier Stunts
Richard Cetrone Stunts
Gillian Chandler Makeup
Doug Chapman Stunts
George Chartrand Special Effects
Larysa Chernienko Makeup
Francis Choquette Special Effects
Mike Chute Stunts
Wesley Coller Associate Producer
Scott Cosgrove Stunts
Pierre Cote Special Effects
Jean-Sebastien Côté Stunts
Louis Craig Special Effects Supervisor
Stephane Dalpe Special Effects
Neil Davison Stunts
Jean-Martin Desmarais Special Effects
Francois Dion Special Effects
Mike Dopud Stunts
Mario Dumont Special Effects
Flint Tecumseh Eagle Stunts
Jared Eddo Stunts
Creature Effects Makeup Special Effects
Peter Ejopovic Special Effects
Andre Essiembre Special Effects
Jonathan Eusebio Stunts
William Fay Executive Producer
Craig Flores Executive Producer
Tig Fong Stunts
Larry Fong Cinematographer
Michel Fortin Special Effects
Jean Frenette Stunts
Frank Gauthier Stunts
Stephen Gilbert Special Effects
Vincent Gingras-Liberali Set Decoration/Design
Christophe Giraud Makeup
Bernie Goldmann Producer
Michael B. Gordon Screenwriter
Tad Griffith Stunts
Guillermo Alejandro Grispo Stunts
Bernard Guay Special Effects
Erick Hebert Special Effects
Daniel Hernandez Stunts
Carrie Hilton Casting
Paul Hotte Art Director
William Hoy Editor
Brian Jagersky Stunts
Kurt Johnstad Screenwriter
Stéphane Julien Stunts
Andrea Kenyon Casting
Patrick Kerton Stunts
Andre LaForest Special Effects
Larry "Warlock" Lam Stunts
Brent Lambert Set Decoration/Design
Celine Lampron Set Decoration/Design
Jacques Langlois Special Effects
André Laperriere Special Effects
Cody Laudan Stunts
Ian Lecompte Stunts
Mathieu Ledoux Stunts
Annick Legout Makeup
David Leitch Stunts
Nicholas Lepage Art Director
Don Lew Stunts
David Loveday Special Effects
Christopher Mallet Stunts
Simon Marineau Special Effects
Christopher McGuire Stunts
Darren Michael McGuire Stunts
James Michalopoulos Stunts
Julie Mignot Makeup
Frank Miller Executive Producer
Simon Northwood Stunts
Gianni Nunnari Producer
Jeffery Ong Stunts
Jean-Pierre Paquet Art Director
Louis Paquette Stunts
Louis Pedneault Special Effects
Josette Perrotta Co-producer
Nathalie Peter-Contesse Associate Producer
Guy Pigeon Set Decoration/Design
Alexandre Prefontaine Stunts
Mark Rappaport Makeup Special Effects
Dominique Ricard Camera Operator
Darren Rice Stunts
Tim Rigby Stunts
Ilan Rosenberg Stunts
Patrick Rousseau Sound/Sound Designer
Matthew Rugetti Stunts
Daniel Sauvé Camera Operator
Nigel Scantlebury Stunts
Todd Scott Stunts
Darren Shahlavi Stunts
Jeffrey Silver Producer
Shaun Smith Makeup Special Effects
Deborah Snyder Executive Producer
Stefan Sonnenfeld Producer
Chad Stahelski Stunts
Luc Therrien Special Effects
Silenn Thomas Associate Producer
Nadine Thouin Choreography
Alex Touikan Set Decoration/Design
Nathalie Trepanier Makeup
Marc Trottier Stunts
Thomas Tull Executive Producer
Jonathan Valera Stunts
Michael Verson Special Effects
Benjamin Waisbren Executive Producer
Martin Walters Asst. Director
William R. Ward Stunts
Ryan Watson Stunts
Max White Stunts
Peter White Stunts
Dwayne Wiley Stunts
Michael Wilkinson Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Wu Stunts
Jesse James Youngblood Stunts

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300 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an adaptation of a graphic novel "think comic book" that was based on a historical battle. Of course the focus will be on violence and visuals. The movie was filmed in front of a blue screen specifically so the highly stylized visuals of the graphic novel could be duplicated. If you're looking for great writing, don't watch a war movie based on a comic book. Try a Coen Brothers film. What this does offer is very uniquely stylized visuals and a pretty faithful representation of the graphic novel, no doubt due in part to Frank Miller's involvement in the production of the movie. Again, 300 is a great action movie adopted from a graphic novel, NOT an Oscar winning screenplay. Watch it for the right reason and it is not disappointing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pure Manliness Sadly guys have to watch a movie that takes place thousands of years ago to find a true men The Spartans were pure undiluted manliness. Each a warrior, a lover, and an avenger. No man will ever tire of watching this. Spartans are entire army of Herulean fighters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't know where to begin! i need to have a dictionary in front of me to describe how amazing this film was! Tons of action. Loved the slow motion shots! Long story short. You'll get what you bargained for.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was LAME... The story and acting were slow also boring, I fell asleep several times hoping the movie would be over each time I woke up. None of the Characters stood out, costumes and drawn backrounds were cool but the Good visuals couldn't save this movie for me... very disappointing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't think I'd enjoy this movie as much as I did, but, wow! Blood and guts aside, the battle scenes where like a well-choreographed ballet. The acting was superb. Can't wait for the DVD to come out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was built on the work of stunt men and special effects people alone - no direction, no acting, and no writing. Gerard Butler, along with all the "actors" looked like a centerfold for gay porn. As a straight female I'm not attracted to that. After spending hard-earned money to watch this movie in all its IMAX glory, I have to say I was frightened. Not by the movie. I was scared that the director and the vast majority of the audience are of age to vote in the coming presidential election. I was also left with the impression that "300" was the collective IQ of the people in the first 20 rows of the audience.
Jay_Godzilla_fan More than 1 year ago
After two tries because everyone says this movie is so good and it¿s perfect for me... I decided it¿s not good... sorry I upset allot of people when I say this I know, but the movie did not really hold my attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite action movies. If you like action, violence and drama, you should like this film.
Dunn1inc More than 1 year ago
the visuals in the movie are world renowned. the acting and preparation that went into this movie are unbelievable. if you don't own this movie then you're not a true movie buff. this should be a staple in anyones collection.
Grobiegirl More than 1 year ago
Well, I don't believe this movie was meant to be filmed in 3D, but as I watch it, I get the feeling that's what it is, even without those stupid glasses. I just love the visual effects of this film. The whole slow-motion, speed up to normal idea works incredibly well here. You would think it would get old real quick. Not so. King Leonidas(Gerard Butler), won me over in about 1.3 seconds, erring on the high side. I'm not usually a fan of films that have someone narrating the whole thing, but I wouldn't have wanted this one any other way. The fight scenes were outstanding, made you want to grab that paper towel roll and jump on in! Okay, maybe that wouldn't be so effective, but you get the idea. Sex? Some, but not overkill. Girls, men with 30 packs- I don't know how many sit-ups a human needs to do for those! All-in-all, it's a keeper!
beyer More than 1 year ago
Good movie about the Spartan's.
joyviv More than 1 year ago
My husband asked me to purchase this movie for him. He's watched it at least 6 or 7 times. It's a real "guy" movie. I found it entertaining also, but mostly like it because of Gerard Butler.
gifted-healer More than 1 year ago
Fantastic!!!!! Exhilarating! One of my favorites. A lot of blood, but they make it in such a way where it's not gross...
Firedrake1000 More than 1 year ago
A great action flick with all the right elements. Honor, integrity, the few standing up against the many. The only discordant note for myself was Frank Miller's lines of "freedom for all" and "democracy". These lines just sounded too forced for the situation. Overall though, definitely something to watch on the biggest screen you can find.
Beasto More than 1 year ago
best war movie EVER!!!!!! :-)
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
The acting was good. The fight scenes were well done if at times the slow mo made it look cool. So many familiar faces in this one. Had its share good moments and serious moments and other times where you couldn't take it seriously now and then. Interesting movie though. Visuals are really good.
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