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300 (2006)


Action, Drama |

300 is a American epic period action film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. Both are fictionalized retellings of the Battle of Thermopylae within the Persian Wars. The film was directed by Zack Snyder, while Miller served as executive producer and consultant. It was filmed mostly with a superimposition chroma key technique, to help replicate the imagery of the original comic book.

The plot revolves around King Leonidas (Gerard Butler), who leads 300 Spartans into battle against the Persian “God-King” Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and his invading army of more than 300,000 soldiers. As the battle rages, Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey) attempts to rally support in Sparta for her husband. The story is framed by a voice-over narrative by the Spartan soldier Dilios (David Wenham). Through this narrative technique, various fantastical creatures are introduced, placing 300 within the genre of historical fantasy.

In 480 B.C., one year after the Battle of Thermopylae, Dilios, a hoplite in the Spartan army, begins his story by depicting the life of Leonidas I from childhood to kingship via Spartan doctrine. Dilios’s story continues and a Persian herald arrives at the gates of Sparta demanding “earth and water” as a token of submission to King Xerxes—the Spartans reply by throwing the envoy and his escort into a deep well. Leonidas then visits the Ephors, proposing a strategy to drive back the numerically superior Persians through the Hot Gates. His plan involves building a wall in order to funnel the Persians into a narrow pass between the rocks and the sea: negating the Persian advantage in numbers, and giving the Greeks’ heavy infantry the advantage over the vast waves of Persian light infantry. The Ephors consult the Oracle, who decrees that Sparta will not go to war during the Carneia. As Leonidas angrily departs, an agent from Xerxes appears, rewarding the Ephors for their covert support.

Director: Zack Snyder

Writers: Zack Snyder (screenplay), Kurt Johnstad (screenplay), Michael B. Gordon (screenplay), Frank Miller (graphic novel), Lynn Varley (graphic novel)

Stars: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Dominic West, David Wenham, Vincent Regan, Michael Fassbender, Tom Wisdom


Gerard ButlerKing Leonidas
Lena HeadeyQueen Gorgo
Dominic WestTheron
David WenhamDilios
Vincent ReganCaptain
Michael FassbenderStelios
Tom WisdomAstinos
Andrew PleavinDaxos
Andrew TiernanEphialtes
Rodrigo SantoroXerxes
Giovani CimminoPleistarchos (as Giovani Antonio Cimmino)
Stephen McHattieLoyalist
Greg KramerEphor #1
Alex IvanoviciEphor #2
Kelly CraigOracle Girl
Eli SnyderLeonidas at 7 / 8 yrs
Tyler NeitzelLeonidas at 15 yrs
Tim ConnollyLeonidas’ Father
Marie-Julie RivestLeonidas’ Mother
Sebastian St. GermainFighting Boy (12 years old) (as Sébastian St Germain)
Peter MensahMessenger
Arthur HoldenPartisan
Michael SinelnikoffElder councilman
John Dunn-HillCouncilman
Dennis St JohnSpartan Baby Inspector (as Dennis St. John)
Neil NapierSpartan with Stick
Dylan SmithSentry #1 (as Dylan Scott Smith)
Maurizio TerrazzanoSentry #2
Robert ParadisSpartan General
Kwasi SonguiPersian
Alexandra BeatonBurned Village Child
Frédéric SmithStatesman
Loucas MinchilloSpartan Baby A
Nicholas MinchilloSpartan Baby B
Tom RackEphor #3
David FrancisEphor #4
James BradfordEphor #5
Andrew ShaverFree Greek-Potter
Robin WilcockFree Greek-Sculptor
Kent McQuaidFree Greek-Blacksmith
Marcel JeanninFree Greek-Baker
Jere GillisSpartan General #2
J. ThibodeauSpartan Boy (as Jeremy Thibodeau)
Tyrone BenskinPersian Emissary
Robert MailletUber Immortal (Giant)
Patrick SabonguiPersian General
Leon LaderachExecutioner
Dave LapommerayPersian General Slaughtered (as David Lapommeray)
Vervi MauricioArmless Concubine
Charles PapasoffBlacksmith
Isabelle ChampeauMother at Market
Veronique-Natale SzalankiewiczDaughter at Market (3 / 5 years old)
Maéva NadonGirl at Market (as Maeva Nadon)
David ThibodeauBoy #1 at Market
David SchaapPotter
Jean Michel ParéOther Council Guard (as Jean-Michel Paré)
Stewart MyiowPersian General
Andreanne RossConcubine #1 (as Andréanne Ross)
Sara GiacaloneConcubine #2
Ariadne BourbonnièreKissing Concubine #1 (as Ariadne Bourbonniere)
Isabelle FournelKissing Concubine #2
Sandrine Merette-AttiowContortionist (as Sandrine Mérette-Attiow)
Elisabeth EtienneDancer (as Élisabeth Etienne)
Danielle HubbardDancer
Ruan VibegaardDancer
Genevieve GuilbaultSlave Girl (as Geneviéve Guilbault)
Bonnie MakSlave Girl
Amélie SorelSlave Girl
Caroline AspirotSlave Girl
Gina GagnonSlave Girl
Tania TrudellSlave Girl
Stéphanie AubrySlave Girl (as Stephanie Aubry)
Mercedes LeggettSlave Girl
Stephania GambaroffSlave Girl (as Stéphania Gambarova)
Chanelle LamotheSlave Girl
Sabrina-Jasmine GuilbaultSlave Girl
Manny Cortez TuazonTranssexual (Asian) #1
CindyTranssexual (Asian) #2
Atif SiddiqiTranssexual (Arabian) #3
Camille RizkallahGiant with Arrow
Trudi HanleyLong Neck Woman
Neon CobranLitter Bearer / Slave
Gary A. HeckerUbermortal Vocals (voice)
Devin DelormeMarket boy #2 (uncredited)
Deke RichardsSpartan Soldier (uncredited)
Darren ShahlaviPersian (uncredited)
Marc TrottierSpartan Warrior (uncredited)
Duy Vo VanPersian (uncredited)
Agnieshka WnorowskaMarket woman (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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