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300 (2007)



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

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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 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, Rovi

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Gerard Butler
as King Leonidas, König Leonidas
Lena Headey
as Königin Gorgo, Queen Gorgo
Andrew Tiernan
as Ephialtes
Tom Wisdom
as Astinos
Bonnie Mak
as Sklavin, Slave Girl
Amélie Sorel
as Slave Girl, Sklavin
Caroline Aspirot
as Sklavin, Slave Girl
Gina Gagnon
as Slave Girl, Sklavin
Tania Trudell
as Sklavin, Slave Girl
Stephanie Aubrey
as Sklavin, Slave Girl
Sabrina-Jasmine Guilbault
as Sklavin, 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
Arthur Holden
as Partisan
Neon Cobran
as Litter-Bearer Slave
Michael Sinelnikoff
as Elder Councilman
Greg Kramer
as Ephor No.1
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
Maeva Nadon
as Girl at Market
David Thibodeau
as Boy at Market
Jean Michel Paré
as Council Guard
Vervi Mauricio
as Armless Persian Concubine
Andréanne Ross
as Persian Concubine No.1
Ariadne Bourbonniere
as Kissing Persian Concubine No.1
Isabelle Fournel
as Kissing Persian Concubine No.2
David Lapommeray
as Persian General Slaughtered
Tyler Neitzel
as Teenaged Leonidas
Isabelle Champeau
as Mother at Market
Sara Giacalone
as Persian Concubine No. 2
Mercedes Leggett
as Slave Girl
Chanelle Lamothe
as Slave Girl
Eli Snyder
as Young Leonidas
Tim Connolly
as Leonidas' Father
Stuart Myiow
as Persian General
Neil Napier
as Spartan With Stick
Dylan Scott Smith
as Sentry No. 1
Maurizio Terrazzano
as Sentry No. 2
Andrew Shaver
as Free Greek Potter
Robin Wilcock
as Free Greek Sculptor
Kent McQuaid
as Free Greek Blacksmith
Marcel Jeannin
as Free Greek Baker
Jere Gillis
as Spartan General No. 2
Jeremy Thibodeau
as Spartan Boy
Alex Ivanovici
as Ephor No. 2
Dave Lapommeray
as Slaughtered Persian General
Leon Laderach
as Executioner
Charles Papasoff
as Blacksmith
Kelly Craig
as Oracle Girl
Stephanie Aubry
as Slave Girls
Marie-Julie Rivest
as Leonidas' Mother
Alexandra Beaton
as Burned Village Surviving Child
Robert Paradis
as Spartan General
Peter Mensah
as Messenger
Kwasi Songui
as Persian
Sébastian St Germain
as Fighting Boy (12 Years Old)
as Transexual (Asian) #2
Dennis St John
as Spartan Baby Inspector
Gary A. Hecker
as Ubermortal Vocals
Giovani Cimmino
as Pleistarchos
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Critic Reviews for 300

All Critics (236) | Top Critics (57)

If 300 represents an evolution in 'virtual' cinema, then at the same time it tells a story that transports us back to the violent roots of western civilisation.

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

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

August 8, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

In this handsome pantomime, the performances are not what we are watching.

April 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It is violent enough to make you shudder and close enough to fascist art to make your skin crawl.

April 6, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A muscle-magazine fantasy crossed with a video game and an Army recruiting film.

March 26, 2007 | Full Review…

Apart from anything else, the idea of America having the Spartans' underdog status is not plausible.

March 24, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for 300

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
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
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Zack Snyder stays true to 300's comic book origins, and the style makes the story feel like something out of a myth. This definitely works to enhance the larger than life experience unfolding on screen. The animated blood effects make the film feel less gruesome than it could have been. A pretty solid, well rounded B-action picture.

Edward Boxler
Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer


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