Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  17 wins & 45 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

And if those philosophers and boy-lovers

have found that kind of nerve, then--

- We must be diplomatic.

- And, of course, Spartans...

...have their reputation to consider.

Choose your next words carefully,


They may be your last as king.

"Earth and water."

Madman. You're a madman.

Earth and water.

You'll find plenty of both down there.

No man, Persian or Greek,

no man threatens a messenger.

You bring the crowns and heads

of conquered kings to my city steps.

You insult my queen.

You threaten my people

with slavery and death.

Oh, I've chosen my words carefully,


Perhaps you should have done the same.

This is blasphemy. This is madness!


This is Sparta!

Welcome, Leonidas.

We have been expecting you.

The ephors,

priests to the old gods.

Inbred swine.

More creature than man.

Creatures whom even Leonidas

must bribe and beg.

For no Spartan king has gone to war

without the ephors' blessing.

The Persians claim their forces

number in the millions.

I hope, for our sake, they exaggerate.

But there's no question, we face

the most massive army ever assembled.

Before your plan is heard...

...what do you offer?

We will use

our superior fighting skills...

...and the terrain of Greece herself

to destroy them.

We will march north to the coast,

where I will make sure--

It is August, Leonidas.

The full moon approaches.

The sacred and ancient festival.

Sparta wages no war

at the time of the Carneia.

Sparta will burn!

Her men will die at arms...

...and her women and children

will be slaves or worse.

Now, we will block

the Persian coastal assault...

...by rebuilding the great Phocian Wall.

And from there, we will funnel them into

the mountain pass we call the Hot Gates.

Now, in that narrow corridor,

their numbers will count for nothing.

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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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