Episode Guide

The 300 Spartans

Rudolph Maté directs this historical drama, which recounts the famous military stand made by 300 Spartan warriors (and rather more Thespians, Thebans and other assorted Greeks) at Thermopylae in 480 BC.

The nations of ancient Greece are faced with the advance of the mighty Persian army, under the seemingly indomitable control of Xerxes (David Farrar). In order to save themselves from subjugation, the leader of Athens (Themistocles, played by Ralph Richardson) and King Leonidas of Sparta (Richard Egan) form an alliance and lead a relatively small but grimly determined force to halt the Persian invasion.

But will their stand at a strategic mountain pass prove to be a historic victory or simply a suicidal gesture of defiance?

(1962) Cert: PG