300

300

300 is a 2007 film adaptation of the graphic novel 300 by Frank Miller about the Battle of Thermopylae. This film was released on March 9th, 2007.

Genre: Action, War
Year:
2007
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Persian messenger:
If you value your lives over your complete annihilation... listen carefully, Leonidas. Xerxes conquers and controls everything he rests his eyes upon. He leads an army so massive, it shakes the ground with its march. So vast, it drinks the rivers dry. All the God-King Xerxes requires is this: A simple offering of earth and water... a token of Sparta's submission to the will of Xerxes.

Leonidas:
Submission. Now, that's a bit of a problem. See, rumor has it... the Athenians have already turned you down. And if those philosophers and boy-lovers have found that kind of nerve, then——

Theron:
We must be diplomatic.

Leonidas:
[cutting him off] And, of course, Spartans... have their reputation to consider.

Persian messenger:
Choose your next words carefully, Leonidas. They may be your last as king.

[Leonidas turns and ponders the offer. He looks at various people standing around, watching him nervously, the last of whom is Gorgo.]

Leonidas:
[in his head] "Earth and water." [having made up his mind, he draws his sword on the Persian messenger, whose back is to a large well. The Spartan guards follow suit and draw their swords on the other messengers.]

Persian messenger:
Madman! You're a madman!

Leonidas:
Earth and water. You'll find plenty of both down there. [indicates the well with his sword]

Persian messenger:
[nervous] No man, Persian or Greek, no man threatens a messenger!

Leonidas:
You bring the crowns and heads of conquered kings to my city's steps. You insult my queen. You threaten my people with slavery and death! Oh, I've chosen my words carefully, Persian. Perhaps you should have done the same.

Persian messenger:
This is blasphemy! This is madness! [Leonidas lowers his sword and looks toward Gorgo, who nods]

Leonidas:
[to Persian messenger] Madness? THIS—IS—SPARTA! [kicks the Persian messenger into the deep well]

[Xerxes has advanced to meet Leonidas, seated on a solid gold throne carried on the backs of many slaves.]

Leonidas:
Let me guess... you must be... Xerxes?

Xerxes:
Come, Leonidas. Let us reason together. It would be a regrettable waste, it would be nothing short of madness, were you, brave King, and your valiant troops to perish... all because of a simple misunderstanding. There is much our cultures could share.

Leonidas:
Oh, haven't you noticed? We've been sharing our culture with you all morning.

Xerxes:
Yours is a fascinating tribe. Even now, you are defiant, in the face of annihilation and the presence of a god. It isn't wise to stand against me, Leonidas. Imagine what horrible fate awaits my enemies when I would gladly kill any of my own men for victory.

Leonidas:
And I would die for any one of mine.

Xerxes:
You Greeks take pride in your logic. I suggest you employ it. Consider the beautiful land you so vigorously defend. Picture it reduced to ash at my whim! Consider the fate of your women!

Leonidas:
Clearly you don't know our women. I might as well have marched them up here, judging by what I've seen. You have many slaves, Xerxes, but few warriors. It won't be long before they fear my spears more than your whips.

Xerxes:
It is not the lash they fear, it is my divine power. But I am a generous god. I can make you rich beyond all measure. I will make you warlord of all Greece. You will carry my battle standard to the heart of Europa. Your Athenian rivals will kneel at your feet... if you will but kneel at mine.

Leonidas:
You are generous as you are divine, O King of Kings. Such an offer only a madman would refuse. But the, uh, the idea of kneeling, it's... You see, slaughtering all those men of yours has, uh, well, it's left a nasty cramp in my leg, so kneeling will be hard for me.

Xerxes:
[incensed at what Leonidas just said] There will be no glory in your sacrifice. I will erase even the memory of Sparta from the histories. Every piece of Greek parchment shall be burned, and every Greek historian and every scribe shall have their eyes put out and their tongues cut from their mouths! Why, uttering the very name of Sparta or Leonidas will be punishable by death! The world will never know you existed at all!

Leonidas:
The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many and, before this battle is over, that even a god-king can bleed.

[Gorgo meets Theron]

Theron:
Beautiful night.

Gorgo:
Yes, but I did not ask you here for a small talk, Theron. [walks with Theron]

Theron:
You can be sure of that, you never spared words with me.

Gorgo:
Can I offer you something? A drink perhaps?.

Theron:
[sardonically] Is it poison?

Gorgo:
I'm sorry to disappoint you, it's only water.

Theron:
[drinks his water] I'm told it's been arranged for you to go before the council.

Gorgo:
Yes. I need your help in winning votes to send the army north to our king.

Theron:
Yes. I can see it, the two of us standing together. Me, politician. You, warrior. Our voices as one. But why would I want to do that?

Gorgo:
It proves you care for a king who right now fights for the very water we drink.

Theron:
True, But this is politics, not war. Leonidas is an idealist.

Gorgo:
I know your kind too well. You send men to slaughter for your own gain.

Theron:
Your husband, our king, has taken 300 of our finest to slaughter. He's broken our laws and left without the council's consent. I'm simply a realist.

Gorgo:
You're an opportunist.

Theron:
You're as foolish as Leonidas if you think men don't have a price in this world. All men are not created equal. That's the Spartan code, my little queen. [reels from being slapped by Gorgo] I admire your passion. But don't think that you... A woman, even a queen can walk into the council chamber and sway the minds of men. [coldly] I own that chamber as if it were built with these hands. [grabs Gorgo by the throat and pins her to the wall] I could crush the life out of you right now. [into Gorgo's face] You will go before the council, but your words will fall on deaf ears. Leonidas will receive no reinforcements, and if he returns without my help, he will go to jail or worse! Do you love your Sparta?

Gorgo:
Yes.

Theron:
And your king?

Gorgo:
I do!

Theron:
[releases grip on Gorgo's throat and tightens his cape strap] Your husband fights for his land and his love. What do you have to offer in return for my word that I'll help you send our army north?

Gorgo:
What does a realist want with his queen?

Theron:
I think you know. [pauses; watches lasciviously as Gorgo strips, then flips her around] This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this. I am not your king. [begins to penetrate Gorgo]


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