Saturday, December 2, 2017

The 300 Spartans (1962)

Director: Rudolph Mate

Writers: George St. George, Ugo Liberatore, Remigio Del Grosso, Giovanni d'Eramo, Gian Paolo Callegari

Composer: Manos Hatzidakis

Starring: Richard Egan, Ralph Richardson, Diane Baker, Barry Coe, David Farrar, Donald Houston, Anna Synodinou, Kieron Moore, John Crawford, Robert Brown, Laurence Naismith

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Thermopylae... mighty battle epic of a handful of men forming the invincible "flying wedge" - against a killer horde five million strong!

Plot: A small army of Greeks spearheaded by 300 Spartans do battle with the whole invading Persian army.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Yes.

I love a good ancient history epic with great outdoor locations, lavish indoor sets, brilliant colored costumes, action, adventure, intrigue and so on.  This one covers those bases.  Most of the action is reserved for the final half hour but it's a good watch until then.  The acting is swell and all but I really dig the outdoor scenery.  It helps so much in selling the action and drama.  Sometimes I'm just that easy to please.  Watching this reminds me that I haven't seen 300 (2006) since it came out and the Blu-ray has been on my shelf for years.

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