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300 2006

Messenger: Choose your next words carefully, Leonidas. They may be your last as king.King Leonidas: [to himself: thinking] Earth and water?[Leonidas unsheathes and points his sword at the Messengers throat]Messenger: Madman! Youre a madman!King Leonidas: Earth and water? Youll find plenty of both down there.Messenger: No man, Persian or Greek, no man threatens a messenger!King Leonidas: 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, Ive chosen my words carefully, Persian. Perhaps you should have done the same!Messenger: This is blasphemy! This is madness!King Leonidas: Madness...?[shouting]King Leonidas: This is Sparta![Kicks the messenger down the well]
300 2006 death
Stelios: Its an honor to die at your side.King Leonidas: Its an honor to have lived at yours.
300 2006 live
Queen Gorgo: Do not be coy or stupid, Persian. You can afford neither in Sparta!Messenger: What makes this woman think she can speak among men?Queen Gorgo: Because only Spartan women give birth to real men!
300 2006 women
Daxos: I see I was wrong to expect Spartas commitment to at least match our own.King Leonidas: Doesnt it?[points to Arcadian soldier behind Daxos]King Leonidas: You there, what is your profession?Free Greek-Potter: I am a potter... sir.King Leonidas: [points to another soldier] And you, Arcadian, what is your profession?Free Greek-Sculptor: Sculptor, sir.King Leonidas: Sculptor.[turns to a third soldier]King Leonidas: You?Free Greek-Blacksmith: Blacksmith.King Leonidas: [turns back shouting] SPARTANS! What is YOUR profession?Spartans: HA-OOH! HA-OOH! HA-OOH!King Leonidas: [turning to Daxos] You see, old friend? I brought more soldiers than you did!
300 2006 art
Spartan King Leonidas: Spartans! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty... For tonight, we dine in hell!
300 2006 art
King Leonidas: This is where we hold them.[pause]King Leonidas: This is where we fight![pause]King Leonidas: And this is where THEY DIE!Captain: On these shield, boys!Spartans: AU!King Leonidas: Remember this day, men, for it will be yours for all time!Persian General: [the Persian general advances from the crowd of the Persian warriors on horseback] SPARTANS! Lay down your weapons![pause]King Leonidas: [one of the Spartan men throws a spear directly at the Persian general, killing him; he falls from his horse dead] PERSIANS![the Spartans get into their shielding position]King Leonidas: COME AND GET THEM!Captain: [the angry Persian soldiers start charging towards the Spartans] HOLD!King Leonidas: Give them NOTHING! But take from them EVERYTHING!Captain: STAY READY!
300 2006 war
Persian: A thousand nations of the Persian empire will descend upon you. Our arrows will blot out the sun!Stelios: Then we will fight in the shade.
300 2006 fight
[as arrows rain down on the Spartans, Astinos begins laughing hysterically]Stelios: What the hell are you laughing at?Astinos: Well, you had to say it!Stelios: What?Astinos: Fight in the shade![both laugh]
300 2006 art
Xerxes: Come Leonidas, let us reason together. It would be a regrettable waste. It would be nothing short of madness for you, brave king, and your valiant troops to perish. All because of a simple misunderstanding. There is much our cultures could share.King Leonidas: Havent you noticed? Weve been sharing our culture with you all morning.
300 2006 understanding
[Dilios is putting a patch over his eye]King Leonidas: Dilios, I trust that scratch hasnt made you useless.Dilios: Hardly, my lord, its just an eye. The gods saw fit to grace me with a spare.
300 2006 god
Dilios: Remember us. As simple an order as a king can give. Remember why we died. For he did not wish tribute, nor song, nor monuments nor poems of war and valor. His wish was simple. Remember us, he said to me. That was his hope, should any free soul come across that place, in all the countless centuries yet to be. May all our voices whisper to you from the ageless stones, Go tell the Spartans, passerby, that here by Spartan law, we lie.
300 2006 hope
King Leonidas: Spartans! Prepare for glory!Daxos: Glory? Have you gone mad? There is no glory to be had now! Only retreat, or surrender or death!King Leonidas: Well, thats an easy choice for us, Arcadian! Spartans never retreat! Spartans never surrender! Go spread the word. Let every Greek assembled know the truth of this. Let each among them search his own soul. And while youre at it, search your own.
300 2006 truth
King Leonidas: You have many slaves, Xerxes, but few warriors. It wont be long before they fear my spears more than your whips.
300 2006 fear
Xerxes: It isnt 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.King Leonidas: And I would die for any one of mine.
300 2006 men
Dilios: Immortals... we put their name to the test.
300 2006
Xerxes: 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.King 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, its- You see, slaughtering all those men of yours has, uh, well its left a nasty cramp in my leg, so kneeling will be hard for me.
300 2006 god
Spartan King Leonidas: [his last lines] My Queen! My wife. My love...
300 2006 love
Dilios: Goodbye my love. He doesnt say it. Theres no room for softness... not in Sparta. No place for weakness. Only the hard and strong may call themselves Spartans. Only the hard, only the strong.
300 2006 love
King Leonidas: [on being told the Persians are coming to parley] Captain, I leave you in charge.Captain: But, sire...King Leonidas: Relax, old friend. If they assassinate me, all of Sparta goes to war. Pray theyre that stupid. Pray were that lucky.[He takes another bite of apple, as the Captain notices a Persian soldier, still alive]King Leonidas: Besides, theres no reason we cant be civil, is there?Captain: [stabs the Persian] None, sire.
300 2006 war
Dilios: His helmet was stifling, it narrowed his vision. And he must see far. His shield was heavy. It threw him off balance. And his target is far away.[Leonidas throws his spear and hits the side of Xerxes face, ripping off his face piercings]
300 2006 vision
King Leonidas: This is where we hold them! This is where we fight! This is where they die!Captain: Earn these shields, boys![Spartans cheer]King Leonidas: Remember this day, men, for it will be yours for all time.
300 2006 time
Queen Gorgo: Spartan!King Leonidas: Yes, my lady?Queen Gorgo: Come back with your shield, or on it.King Leonidas: Yes, my lady.
300 2006 art
King Leonidas: You there, Ephialtes. May you live forever.[Ephialtes cringes and hangs his head]
300 2006 live
Statesman: My good king! My good king! The oracle has spoken.Second Statesman: The Ephors have spoken. There must be no march!Theron: It is the law, my lord. The Spartan army must not go to war.King Leonidas: Nor shall it. Ive issued no such orders. Im here, just taking a stroll, stretching my legs. These, uh, 300 men are my personal bodyguard.
300 2006 war
Queen Gorgo: Freedom isnt free at all, that it comes with the highest of costs. The cost of blood.
300 2006 freedom
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!Spartan King Leonidas: Clearly you dont know our women! I might as well have marched them up here, judging by what Ive seen.
300 2006 women
Dilios: Immortals... they fail our kings test. And a man who fancies himself a god feels a very human chill crawl up his spine.
300 2006 god
Dilios: Its been more than thirty years since the wolf and the winter cold. And now, as then, it is not fear that grips him, only restlessness. A heightened sense of things. The seaborn breeze, coolly, kissing the sweat at his chest and neck. Gulls cawing, complaining, even as they feast on the thousands of floating dead. The steady breathing of the 300 at his back, ready to die for him without a moments pause. Everyone of them ready, to die.
300 2006 fear
Dilios: We did what we were trained to do, what we were bred to do, what we were born to do!
300 2006 rain
Dilios: The captains cries of pain at the loss of his son are more frightening to the enemy than the deepest battle drums. It takes three men to restrain him and bring him back to our own.
300 2006 pain
Xerxes: 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. Every Greek historian, and every scribe shall have their eyes pulled 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!King Leonidas: The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many, and before this battle was over, even a god-king can bleed.
300 2006 god
Messenger: All that God-King Xerxes requires is this: a simple offering of earth and water. A token of Spartas submission to the will of Xerxes.King Leonidas: Submission? Well thats a bit of a problem. See, rumor has it the Athenians have already turned you down, and if those philosophers and, uh, boy-lovers have found that kind of nerve, then...Theron: We must be diplomatic.King Leonidas: [ignoring Theron] ... and, of course, Spartans have their reputation to consider.
300 2006 love
Dilios: Hundreds leave, a handful stay. Only one looks back.
300 2006
Persian: My arm!Stelios: Its not yours, anymore.
300 2006 you
[Gorgo waking up from Leonidas stroking her back]Queen Gorgo: Your lips can finish what your fingers have started... or has the Oracle robbed you of your desire as well?King Leonidas: It would take more than the words than a drunken adolescent girl to rob me of my desire of you.
300 2006 art
King Leonidas: Children, gather round! No retreat, no surrender; that is Spartan law. And by Spartan law we will stand and fight... and die. A new age has begun. An age of freedom, and all will know, that 300 Spartans gave their last breath to defend it!
300 2006 freedom
Dilios: They have served the dark will of Persian kings for five hundred years. Eyes as dark as night... teeth filed to fangs... soulless. The personal guard to King Xerxes himself; the Persian warrior elite. The deadliest fighting force in all of Asia... the Immortals.
300 2006 war
Queen Gorgo: I am not here to represent Leonidas; his actions speak louder than my words ever could. I am here for all those voices which cannot be heard: mothers, daughters, fathers, sons - three hundred families that bleed for our rights, and for the very principles this room was built upon. We are at war, gentlemen. We must send the entire Spartan army to aid our king in the preservation of not just ourselves, but of our children. Send the army for the preservation of liberty. Send it for justice. Send it for law and order. Send it for reason. But most importantly, send our army for hope - hope that a king and his men have not been wasted to the pages of history - that their courage bonds us together, that we are made stronger by their actions, and that your choices today reflect their bravery.
300 2006 hope
Dilios: The god-king has betrayed a fatal flaw: Hubris. Easy to taunt, easy to trick. Before wounds and weariness have taken their toll, the mad king throws the best he has at us. Xerxes has taken the bait.
300 2006 god
[before leaving]Dilios: Sire, any message...?King Leonidas: For the Queen?[Dilios nods. Leonidas removes the wolfs fang pendant from around his neck, and presses it into Dilioss hand]King Leonidas: None that need be spoken.
300 2006 age
Dilios: Its been more than thirty years since the wolf and the winter cold. And now, as then, a beast approaches; patient and confident, savoring the meal to come. This beast is made of men and horses, swords and spears. An army of slaves vast beyond imagining, ready to devour tiny Greece, ready to snuff out the worlds one hope for reason and justice. A beast approaches.
300 2006 hope
Captain: [Battling the Persians] NO PRISONERS!King Leonidas: [Stabbing a Persian soldier] NO MERCY!
300 2006 mercy
Dilios: The old ones say we Spartans are descended from Hercules himself. Bold Leonidas gives testament to our bloodline. His roar is long and loud.
300 2006 art
King Leonidas: My heart is broken for your loss.Captain: Heart? I have filled my heart with hate.King Leonidas: Good.
300 2006 art
Spartan King Leonidas: Give them nothing! But take from them everything!
300 2006 art
Queen Gorgo: [having stabbed Theron and while holding sword into his body] This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this. I am not your Queen!
300 2006 joy
King Leonidas: Then what must a king do to save his world when the very laws he has sworn to protect force him to do nothing?Queen Gorgo: It is not a question of what a Spartan citizen should do, nor a husband, nor a king. Instead, ask yourself, my dearest love, what should a free man do?
300 2006 love
Spartan King Leonidas: A new age has begun, an age of freedom. And all will know that 300 Spartans gave their last breath to defend it.
300 2006 freedom
Dilios: 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.
300 2006 life
Ephor #1: Sparta wages no war at the time of the Carneia.King Leonidas: Sparta will burn! Her men will die at the arms of their women and children will be slaves or worse!
300 2006 war
[in the midst of the battle]Astinos: You still here?Stelios: Somebodys gotta watch your back.Astinos: Not now, Im a little busy!
300 2006 body
[while wrestling with his son]King Leonidas: In the end, a Spartans true strength is the warrior next to him. So give respect and honor to him, and it will be returned to you. First, you fight with your head...Queen Gorgo: Then you fight with your heart.King Leonidas: [sees the Captain] What is it?Queen Gorgo: A Persian messenger awaits you.King Leonidas: Do not forget todays lesson.Pleistarchos: Respect and honor.King Leonidas: Respect and honor.
300 2006 war
Dilios: Those behind cry, FORWARD! Those in front cry, BACK!
300 2006 war
Stelios: We are with you, sire! For Sparta, for freedom, to the death!
300 2006 death
Spartan King Leonidas: Unless I miss my guess, were in for one wild night.
300 2006 art
Daxos: I saw those ships smashed on the rocks. How can this be?Stelios: We saw but a fraction of the monster that is Xerxes army.Daxos: There can be no victory here. Why do you smile?Stelios: Arcadian, Ive fought countless times, yet Ive never met an adversary who could offer me what we Spartans call A Beautiful Death. I can only hope, with all the worlds warriors gathered against us, there might be one down there whos up to the task.
300 2006 hope
Theron: [before raping Queen Gorgo] This will not be over quickly. You will not enjoy this. Im not your king.
300 2006 joy
Xerxes: Unlike the cruel Leonidas, who demanded that you stand, I require only that you kneel.
300 2006 man
Ephor #2: Trust the gods, Leonidas.King Leonidas: Id prefer you trusted your reason.
300 2006 god
Dilios: [narrating] The Ephors choose only the most beautiful Spartan girls to live among them as oracles. Their beauty is their curse. For the old wretches have the needs of men... and souls as black as hell.
300 2006 art
Statesman: [after the army starts marching in the fields, talking nervously] What shall we do?Theron: What can we do?King Leonidas: [sneers] What can you do? Sparta will need sons.
300 2006 art
Dilios: Xerxes dispatches his monsters from half the world away. Theyre clumsy beasts, and the piled Persian dead are slippery.
300 2006 world
Captain: They look thirsty!King Leonidas: Well, lets give them something to drink! To the cliffs!
300 2006
Queen Gorgo: Theres only one womans words that should affect the mood of my husband. Those are mine.
300 2006 words
[first lines]Dilios: When the boy was born, like all Spartans, he was inspected.
300 2006 art
King Leonidas: Persian cowards.
300 2006 war

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