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Madness? ... THIS! IS! SPARTA!
Genre: Action
Directed By: Zack Synder
Starring: Gerard Butler
Lena Headey
David Wenham
Dominic West
Distributed By: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: March 9, 2007
Runtime: 116 minutes
Country: United States
Sequel: 300: Rise of an Empire

300 is a 2007 American period action film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley.


In 480 B.C. a state of war exists between Persia, led by King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Greece. At the Battle of Thermopylae, Leonidas (Gerard Butler), king of the Greek city state of Sparta, leads his badly outnumbered warriors against the massive Persian army. Though certain death awaits the Spartans, their sacrifice inspires all of Greece to unite against their common enemy.

Why This! Is! SPARTA!!!

  1. It's very faithful to the 1998 comic series of the same name, and it's the true story of Battle of Thermopylae within the Persian Wars in a fictional way.
  2. Very decently powerful exciting plot.
  3. Fantastic cinematography.
  4. Amazing direction from Zack Snyder.
  5. The characters a pretty great and they're memorable, even Leonidas as well.
  6. Great acting, especially for Gerard Butler, and Lena Headey.
  7. Lots of great action scenes, like the scene where 300 men battles with the other soldiers to reach Persian "God-King" Xerxes.
  8. This: This is blasphemy! This is madness!
    • Madness? ... THIS! IS! SPARTA!
      • Need we say more?
  9. Well done pacing.
  10. The poster is pretty iconic, the poster shows a lot of soldiers' push, or kick the soldiers into the cliff below.
  11. For an R-rated film, it did get plenty of gore to satisfy R-rated action film fans.
  12. Awesome soundtrack that was performed by Tyler Bates.
  13. Decent visual effects.

Not So Sparta Qualities

  1. The film lacks the substance or depth of the original source material.
  2. Although the music by Tyler Bates works in the film, it is also plagued by obvious plagiarisms of Elliot Goldenthal's music from Titus. This got so much attention that Warner Bros. had to release an official statement in response.
  3. Some Iranians interpreted the portrayal of the film's main antagonist, Xerxes as homosexual. Even they denounced the film for its portrayal of Persians.
  4. Just like the comic book, it has a few historical inaccuracies; for example, in the iconic "This is Sparta" scene, Leonidas kicks the messenger of Xerxes in the pit of death.
  5. The monster the Immortals have is pretty silly, it took many people out of the film.


300 received praised for its visuals and style but criticized its depiction of the Persians, which some characterized as bigoted or Iranophobic. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film had an approval rating of 61% based on 236 reviews, with an average rating of 6.10/10. The site's critical consensus read, "A simple-minded but visually exciting experience, full of blood, violence, and ready-made movie quotes.". On Metacritic, the film had a weighted average score of 52 out of 100, based on 42 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A–" on an A+ to F scale.



  • This film spawned the famous "This is SPARTA!!" and "Sparta Remix" memes.
    • In some dubs of the famous "This is SPARTA!!" scene, the line sounds different:
      • In the French dub, King Leonidas says: "We are SPARTANS!!"
      • In the Japanese dub, King Leonidas says: "You say, this is insanity? This is the style of SPARTA!!"
      • In the Russian dub, King Leonidas says: "No! This is SPARTA!!" ("Нет! Это - СПАРТА!!")
    • In fact, the line was so popular that TV Tropes' Punctuated! For! Emphasis! used to be "This! Is! SPARTA!", after a memetic instance of it from the film 300. Most references were to the meme, and there were quite a lot of them. And it also never displayed properly.
  • Robot Chicken made a hilarious parody of this movie about the American Revolution called "1776".

Legendary Pictures


Batman Begins - Superman Returns - Lady in the Water - The Ant Bully - Beerfest - We Are Marshall - 300 - Trick 'r Treat - 10,000 BC - The Dark Knight - Watchmen - Observe and Report - The Hangover - Where the Wild Things Are - Ninja Assassin


Clash of the Titans - Jonah Hex - Inception - The Town - Due Date - Sucker Punch - The Hangover Part II - Wrath of the Titans - The Dark Knight Rises - Jack the Giant Slayer - 42 - The Hangover Part III - Man of Steel - Pacific Rim - 300: Rise of an Empire - Godzilla - As Above, So Below - Dracula Untold - Interstellar - Unbroken - Blackhat - Seventh Son - Jurassic World - Straight Outta Compton - Steve Jobs - Crimson Peak - Krampus - Warcraft - The Great Wall - Kong: Skull Island - Pacific Rim Uprising - Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Skyscraper - Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again - BlacKkKlansman - Little - Pokémon Detective Pikachu - Godzilla: King of the Monsters


Enola Holmes - Godzilla vs. Kong - ⊃∪∩⪽

Zack Snyder

Dawn of the Dead - 300 - Watchmen - Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole - Sucker Punch - Man of Steel - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition) - Justice League* - Zack Snyder's Justice League - Army of the Dead

*: Snyder was the director of Justice League during principal photography, but was replaced by Joss Whedon during post-production. Snyder retained directorial credit for the finished film, though reports have indicated Whedon reshot a significant portion of the film. Snyder later edited a director's cut of the film, removing all of Whedon's footage and restoring his own footage that was deleted in the theatrical release. Snyder also shot four to five minutes of additional footage in late 2020 for his cut, released as Zack Snyder's Justice League.


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