Writing credits (WGA) Zack Snyder (screenplay) & Kurt Johnstad (screenplay) and Michael Gordon (screenplay) (as Michael B. Gordon) Frank Miller (graphic novel) and Lynn Varley (graphic novel)
Release date: 9 December 2006 (Austin Butt-Numb-A-Thon) (USA), 23 March 2007 (Venezuela)
Genre: Action / Drama / History / War
Awards: BMI Film & TV Awards 2007 Won BMI Film Music Award Tyler Bates. Golden Trailer Awards 2007 Won Golden Trailer Best of Show MTV Movie Awards 2007 Won MTV Movie Award Best Fight Gerard Butler Vs. the "Uber Immortal". Nominated MTV Movie Award Best Movie Best Performance Gerard Butler Best Villain Rodrigo Santoro Breakthrough Performance Lena Headey
Also Known As: Lion of Sparta
Rated R for graphic battle sequences throughout, some sexuality and nudity.
In 480 BC, the Persian king Xerxes sends his massive army to conquer Greece. The Greek city of Sparta houses its finest warriors, and 300 of these soldiers are chosen to meet the Persians at Thermopylae, engaging the soldiers in a narrow canyon where they cannot take full advantage of their numbers. The battle is a suicide mission, meant to buy time for the rest of the Greek forces to prepare for the invasion. However, that doesn't stop the Spartans from throwing their hearts into the fray, determined to take as many Persians as possible with them.
Cast Gerard Butler King Leonidas Lena Headey Queen Gorgo Dominic West Theron David Wenham Dilios Michael Fassbender Stelios Rodrigo Santoro Xerxes
The film was shot on blue and green screen in Montreal.
The work was photographed completely in Montreal, with the exception of two days of insert shooting in Los Angeles.
The movie was shot on three small sets.
Ephialtes is the Greek word for nightmare. Even though back then it was a name, since his betrayal, the word adopted in language with the meaning of nightmare.
The flowing effect of the Oracle dancing scene was accomplished by filming the actress under water.
Frank Miller was inspired by the original Battle of Thermopylae after viewing the 1962 film The 300 Spartans (1962) as a child. His perception of the 'hero' concept changed greatly after seeing the Spartans make their sacrifice.
The actor who plays Leonidas' father in the film ( Tim Connolly ) was also Gerard Butler ’s stunt double for the film.
Some weapons used in 300 are actually weapons from previous war epics like "Alexander" and "Troy." They were used in this film to cut costs.
Spartan King Leonidas : You bring the crowns and heads of conquered kings to my city steps. You insult my queen. You threaten my people with slavery and death! Oh, I've chosen my words carefully, Persian. Perhaps you should have done the same! Messenger : This is blasphemy! This is madness! Spartan King Leonidas : Madness? THIS IS SPARTA!
Spartan King Leonidas : This is where we hold them! This is where we fight! This is where they die! Captain : On these shields, boys! [ Spartans cheer ] Spartan King Leonidas : Remember this day, men, for it will be yours for all time.
Spartan King Leonidas : You there! What is your profession? [ points to Arkadian soldier behind Daxos ] Arkadian soldier #1 : A potter, sir. Spartan King Leonidas : Hm... and you, Arkadian - what is your profession? [ points to another soldier ] Arkadian soldier #2 : I'm a blacksmith, sir. Spartan King Leonidas : [ turns to his soldiers ] Spartans! What is your profession? Spartans : Harooh! Harooh! Harooh! [ simultaneous, followed and preceded by immediate silence ] Spartan King Leonidas : [ turning to Daxos ] You see, old friend? I brought more soldiers than you did.
Spartan King Leonidas : You have many slaves, Xerxes. But few warriors. It won't be long before they fear my spears more than your whips. Xerxes : It's not the lash they fear. It is my divine power.