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Filmed on location in Greece. The working title of this film is Lion of Sparta ... More Less

Filmed on location in Greece. The working title of this film is Lion of Sparta . More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2nd unit dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2nd unit photog
2nd unit photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dresser
Set dresser
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward mistress
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Asst to prod
Historical story adv & military adv
Historical story adv & military adv
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Lion of Sparta
Premiere Information:
Philadelphia opening: 29 August 1962
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
31 December 1961
Copyright Number:
LP22806
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
De Luxe
Widescreen/ratio
CinemaScope
Duration(in mins):
114
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 480 B. C. Emperor Xerxes of Persia plans a massive invasion of Greece. Themistocles of Athens calls an emergency meeting of all the Greek rulers and King Leonidas of Sparta suggests that his legions check the Persians at the narrow pass of Thermopylae, thereby giving the other Grecian states time to mobilize. But Sparta's ultimate ruling body, the Council of Euphors, decrees that there can be no fighting during the religious festival in progress; and Leonidas is left with only his personal retinue of 300 men. As they make their way to Thermopylae, they are followed by a young Spartan soldier, Phylon, who has been falsely accused of being a traitor's son, and his beloved Ellas, the niece of Leonidas. The Persians attack, and great numbers of their soldiers are slaughtered in the narrow pass. But the Spartans are betrayed by a goatherd, Ephialtes, who tells the Persians of a little-known trail by which they can traverse the mountain and attack the Spartans from the rear. Though warned of the imminent danger, Leonidas chooses to make a stand. After sending Phylon and Ellas back to Athens to warn the Greeks and tell them of the Spartans' resistance, he and his men form a wedge of shields and hold their ground until they are totally overwhelmed by the Persians. Their sacrifice serves to unite the Greeks, and a few months later the Persian army is annihilated at the Battle of ... +


In 480 B. C. Emperor Xerxes of Persia plans a massive invasion of Greece. Themistocles of Athens calls an emergency meeting of all the Greek rulers and King Leonidas of Sparta suggests that his legions check the Persians at the narrow pass of Thermopylae, thereby giving the other Grecian states time to mobilize. But Sparta's ultimate ruling body, the Council of Euphors, decrees that there can be no fighting during the religious festival in progress; and Leonidas is left with only his personal retinue of 300 men. As they make their way to Thermopylae, they are followed by a young Spartan soldier, Phylon, who has been falsely accused of being a traitor's son, and his beloved Ellas, the niece of Leonidas. The Persians attack, and great numbers of their soldiers are slaughtered in the narrow pass. But the Spartans are betrayed by a goatherd, Ephialtes, who tells the Persians of a little-known trail by which they can traverse the mountain and attack the Spartans from the rear. Though warned of the imminent danger, Leonidas chooses to make a stand. After sending Phylon and Ellas back to Athens to warn the Greeks and tell them of the Spartans' resistance, he and his men form a wedge of shields and hold their ground until they are totally overwhelmed by the Persians. Their sacrifice serves to unite the Greeks, and a few months later the Persian army is annihilated at the Battle of Plataea. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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