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300 (2006)
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.

When the boy was born...

...like all Spartans, he was inspected.

If he'd been small or puny

or sickly or misshapen...

...he would have been discarded.

From the time he could stand,

he was baptized in the fire of combat.

Taught never to retreat,

never to surrender.

Taught that death on the battlefield

in service to Sparta...

...was the greatest glory

he could achieve in his life.

as is customary in Sparta...

...the boy was taken from his mother

and plunged into a world of violence.

of Spartan warrior society...

...to create the finest soldiers

the world has ever known.

The agoge, as it's called,

forces the boy to fight.

Starves them,

forces them to steal...

...and if necessary, to kill.

By rod and lash

the boy was punished...

...taught to show no pain,

no mercy.

Constantly tested,

tossed into the wild.

Left to pit his wits and will

against nature's fury.

It was his initiation...

...his time in the wild...

...for he would return

to his people a Spartan...

...or not at all.

The wolf begins to circle the boy.

Claws of black steel...

...fur as dark night.

Eyes glowing red...

...jewels from

the pit of hell itself.

The giant wolf sniffing...

...savoring the scent

of the meal to come.

It's not fear that grips him...

...only a heightened

sense of things.

The cold air in his lungs.

Windswept pines

moving against the coming night.

His hands are steady.

His form...


And so the boy,

given up for dead...

...returns to his people,

to sacred Sparta, a king!

Our king, Leonidas!

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Zack Snyder

Zachary Edward "Zack" Snyder is an American filmmaker, best known for his action, superhero, and science fiction films. Snyder made his feature film debut with the 2004 remake of the horror film Dawn of the Dead. more…

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