300 (2006)

29 corrected entries

Corrected entry: When the Persian messenger waits by the large well for the Spartan king to contemplate submission or otherwise, the Spartan king looks at a woman hugging a little girl. The Spartan woman appears to be wearing a modern day cupped bra under her clothing.

Correction: I have seen this scene more than once and I don't see a bra strap or outline of one.

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Corrected entry: In the scene with the rhino, the rhino kills three Persians. The first just happens to be in the way, and the second one tries to run away, but the third Persian actually jumps into the front of the rhino just in order to get killed.


Correction: Which is how a number of people get killed in a stampede. They panic and run right into the path of the animal.


Corrected entry: In the closing scene of 300, where Dilios is looking out across the field, one of the Spartans behind him can be seen breaking ranks to deliberately peek at the camera. This occurs at the moment when Dilios says "sheer terror gripping tight." As if realizing his mistake, he quickly darts back into place.

Correction: Spartans can be seen moving through Dilios' speech, following him, shifting where they stand. Certainly the individual in question is looking towards the camera, but he's also looking towards where Dilios is standing, so it's not unreasonable that he might shift slightly to look at his commander, the renowned storyteller and sole survivor of the legendary 300, before shifting back into place.


Corrected entry: If metallic shields of Spartans are not damaged by forceful strokes of enemy swords and spears, then how can arrows make large holes in them?


Correction: The shields are quite thick and strong. The arrows don't make holes in the shield: they end up embedded in the shield (which requires considerably less force). The swords and spears are also swung with less force and so don't make any noticeable damage.


Corrected entry: In the scene where the Spartans are watching the Persian ships being destroyed during the rain storm, the camera pans in towards Leonidas while the Spartans cheer in the background. There's a man three rows back holding both hands in the air with mouth wide open wearing modern day clothes and headphones around his neck.


Correction: The clothing he's wearing is entirely in line with what you can see some of the Arcadians wearing when the two forces meet up. There are no headphones around his neck - he's simply wearing a high-necked tunic with belts diagonally across his torso.


Corrected entry: When we see the 300 leaving for the Hot Gates, they are carrying their sword, spear and shield. However, once they engage the Persians, all of them have helmets. Where did they come from? Even if there were a few blacksmiths among the Arcadians, where would they get the steel/iron to make helmets?

Correction: They're carrying their helmets, occasionally carried by hand, but mostly attached to their waists, generally on the side where the shield is carried - as such, the shield usually obscures them. There are, however, a number of shots throughout the journey to the Hot Gates where they can be seen.


Corrected entry: On the DVD at 124:29, Leonidas yells for his 'children' to gather round. Nobody moves. At 124:30 He is standing in front of a crowd already assembled.

Correction: Standard cinematic technique of time compression. It's not necessary to show the Spartans moving to surround him - it just wastes screen time.


Corrected entry: In the actual battle of the 300 Spartans, Leonidas was killed on the first day.

Correction: According to Heradotus, who provides the only detailed account of the battle, Leonidas was not slain until the third and final day of the battle, although he did fall prior to the final showers of arrows that put an end to the Spartan force.


Corrected entry: The film was shot in only 60 days.

Correction: This is not an unusually short length of time for a film and therefore is not particularly notable.


Corrected entry: Leonidas gets a cut that runs from above his left eye, all the way down to past his cheekbone during his battle with the Uber Immortal. During many shots of Leonidas you can see that the cut is on his lower eyelid, yet when they show him at the end of the movie (the shot before he takes his helmet off) he just has the scratch above his eye. You can see at least 1/2 of an inch below his eye, but there's no sign of a scratch. When Leonidas takes his helmet off, the scratch is there beneath his eye and goes all the way up to his eye.

Nick Bylsma

Correction: I've watched the movie several times, and if you watch closely when the ├╝ber Immortal delivers the blow to Leonidus' face, you can see that it starts breaking his helmet first and doesn't actually touch his skin until about 1/2 way down. Thus, creating a physically smaller scar on his face and longer on the helmet itself.

Corrected entry: In the first battle scene, Leonidas uses throws his spear and it sails through the air. It hits a Persian in the chest and he falls, and the guy right next to him falls at the exact same instant, but there is nothing making the other guy fall, since the spear only hit one Persian.

Correction: The Persian that got hit by the spear fell down and grabbed the other Persian while falling. No mistake here, no one said that both men died from one spear.

Nick Bylsma

Corrected entry: The Persians are shown as revering their emperor as a "god-king". Not true - they were known for being monotheistic (believing in one god) which meant that they did not see kings as gods at all. It was the Greeks who were polytheistic (believing in many gods).

Correction: False. This is one part of the movie that was taken right out of the history books. Just read a little bit about Xerxes and you'll see. Also, even if it wasn't true about him, this movie is NOT a factual movie, Frank could have just taken artistic liscense, which wouldn't be a mistake at all.

Nick Bylsma

Corrected entry: In this movie, Xerxes is told to have employed war elephants against the Spartans. The Greek - along with the Macedonians - actually never encounter elephants until the Battle of Gaugamela, in 331 BC - 149 years later.

Correction: Xerxes also didn't have bagpipe playing goatmen, or blade-armed executioners. This isn't a documentary. It's a highly stylized, highly fictionalized account of a historical event.


Corrected entry: In the scene where Leonidas speaks to Xerxes, it is obvious that the actor playing Xerxes is looking clear over Leonidas' head, rather than back at his face - no doubt a side effect of the special effects process of making Xerxes 8 feet tall in post-production.

Correction: Xerxes thinks he is a god and is superior to everyone. Xerxes was not looking Leonidas in the eye initially because a god-king does not look at an inferior.

Corrected entry: When the Spartans are watching the Persian ships being destroyed by the wind/waves you see Leonidas holding his shield up to protect himself from the rain. The rain is blowing toward him from his left as though driven by the wind, but his cape is not moving. The "rain" is sprayed on an angle not pushed by wind.

Correction: The capes are made of very heavy fabric. Once wet, that amount of wind couldn't move them.


Corrected entry: When the bald headed leader of the other army is about to leave the Spartans you can see the circular scar on his arm from the old polio type shots.

Correction: Vaccination scars have been submitted and corrected many times already. It's not unlikely for a warrior to have a scar on his arm.

Nick Bylsma

Corrected entry: At one point of the movie, a Spartan complains about Persians using arrows, as it's quite cowardly to kill your opponent from a distance. Yet, before the first big battle a Persian asks the Spartans to lay down their weapons, only to be killed by a spear thrown at him. Are Spartans applying double standards here?

Correction: A spear can't be thrown from as far as arrows can. You are still somewhat "face-to-face" with your opponent, whereas arrows can be sent from a cover. No double-standard there.


Corrected entry: Leonidas boots the Persian emissary into what appears to be a huge well - has he just poisoned his own city's water supply?

Correction: I highly doubt that the king was that stupid, or that there would be a huge open well in the middle of the city. There was nothing on, or around the hole that would lead anyone to believe that it was a well for drinking water (no mechanisim to lower and raise buckets, plus I've never seen a well that huge). More than likely it was some sort of garbage dump.

Nick Bylsma

Corrected entry: At one point in the film someone (Theron, I believe) says that Leonidas might go to jail for breaking Spartan law. Jail did not exist at this time, nor did anything similar to it. Spartans didn't lock up their criminals.

Correction: Not true, according to Wikipedia and numerous other sources, in approximately 491 BC Cleomenes I was was imprisoned in Sparta, in fact by his half-brother Leonidas.


Corrected entry: In the opening scene we see how Leonidas, as a baby, is being examined at a cliff. Now this makes no sense, as you would only go to the cliff to ditch a baby and not to examine it there.

Correction: Why not? If they brought the baby there to examine then it would be pretty easy and simple to get rid of it right then and there. I imagine it would be easier to have all the mothers bring the babies to the cliff instead of have the "inspectors" go around to every house and look at all the babies.

Nick Bylsma

Corrected entry: During the scene where king Leonidas has his conversation with the hunchback Ephialtes, he explains to him the importance of the phalanx in the Spartan battle tactics and how their entire strategy revolves around the hoplite "shield wall" (and this is why Ephialtes, who can't raise his shield high enough, can't fight with them). Yet in numerous scenes throughout the movie, the Spartans, and Leonidas in particular, are shown casually leaving the phalanx formation to go on a personal killing spree, completely exposed. The Arcadians show a similarly lax attitude with their phalanx formation. This is a deliberate mistake as otherwise it would be impossible to showcase the elaborate "bullet-time" combat scenes, because the phalanx would restrict both their movement and our view. Nevertheless, it makes no sense to play up the phalanx to such a (ultimately fatal) degree, and then simply disregard it for the sake of showing off.

Correction: The phalanx was STILL a very important part of the battle. If there would have been one weak link during the first onslaught of Persians, the whole line would have been compromised and the Spartans would have failed.

Nick Bylsma

Corrected entry: I found it curious how none of the Greek hoplites in this movie wear any armor (besides their shields and helmets). The Greek hoplites were famous for being particularly heavily armored, and the Spartans were better (and more uniformly) equipped than most as they were dedicated soldiers and not mere militia. Instead, they all have bare chests to show off their masculine figures and well developed torsos, even when such a lack of protection for the torso and abdomen would be a serious disadvantage in that kind of intense close combat.

Correction: This has already been submitted and corrected. This is not a documentary. It is a highly stylized and fictionalized account of an actual event. These "Spartans" may look and act any way their creators wish them to.


Corrected entry: In the scene where there are three scouts surveying the persian troops, there are a series of close-ups between one of the Spartans and the 'Arcadian.' Every time the camera cuts to an individual close-up of the Arcadian, there is an obvious vaccination scar on his upper arm.

Correction: Vaccination scars have been submitted and corrected many times already. It's not unlikely for a warrior to have a scar on his arm.

Corrected entry: In the first battle, we see three layers: 1: Leonidas, 2: Spartan Soldier, 3: Mountain/Hill/Rocks. At the end of the scene, where it switches from normal to slow motion back and forth. If you concentrate at the last hit, Leonidas strikes a Persian with his shield, and so does the Spartan Soldier in the 2nd Layer. When the Spartan Soldier strikes the soldier, he falls to the ground. He (the Persian) then starts moving his sword to swing at the Spartan. While this occurs, the Spartan also starts moving to stab the Persian with his spear. There is a great synchronized movement, BUT at the end of this part the Persian soldier backs out on his sword swing even before the Spartan's spear touches his body.

Correction: The Persian was facing death. There are any number of "in-movie" explanations for his actions. For instance, he may have thought he could beg for mercy if he gave up the attack.


Corrected entry: Are we to believe that the Persians who had more than 1,000,000 men had 30 scouts which were killed and used to build the wall and no more? And if that's not the case and they had hundreds of thousands of scouts why the heck didn't they find the goat path or go some other way like maybe not where the 300 Spartans were. (Yes the king wanted them dead but the idea of going around and surrounding is common knowledge to anyone).

Correction: Not only are we supposed to believe it, this is what actually happened at Thermopylae. The wall was rebuilt (though not necessarily with dead bodies), and the Persians did not find the goat path until Ephialtes showed it to them after three days of fighting. It is a piece of history, recorded by several well-known sources.


Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie, when they are inspecting the "newborn" baby to determine his worthiness, the baby is at least several weeks old (the umbilical cord is gone and the navel is healed).

Correction: It would still be considered a "newborn" baby if it was a few weeks old. And it stands to reason that the Spartans would wait a while before giving a healthy-looking baby its final inspection, as it might take a while for signs of weakness or sickness to be obvious.


Corrected entry: In the last battle scene, Leonidas tells Xerxes that he has 300 hundred soldiers behind him. when in fact many of the Spartans were killed by the first wave of immortals and various other Persians.

Correction: The number of soldiers rounds up to 300. Leonidas wasn't going to say "I've got 273 soldiers behind me." It just sounds better to say it the way he did.


Corrected entry: When Leonidas visits the wise men and the Oracle at the top of the mountain, one of them mentions that it was August, and that Sparta wouldn't fight in that time of the year. August wasn't so named until 8 B.C after Caesar Augustus. Since this movie is set in 480 B.C., the month of August would not have existed yet.

Correction: These people didn't speak English either. The language has been changed to someting we would understand. So whatever the Spartan name for that time of year would have been was translated into modern english: August.


Corrected entry: When the giant obese "executioner" decapitates the warrior, the head flies straight up into the air, even though the blow was delivered from above, and would realistically make the head fly downwards.

Correction: Not really. Because of the tension in the muscles of the neck, the head can actually go upwards when decapitation occurs. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and when the neck is suddenly pushed downward from the blade, the muscles have a momentary rebound, which can cause the head to go up, instead of down.



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Messenger: What makes this woman think she can speak among men?
Queen Gorgo: Because only Spartan women give birth to real men.



When Leonidas, and presumably all the other Spartans, use their spears to clear their shields of arrows after the arrow shower from Persian archers, the tips of the arrows are still visibly left on all their shields. In the next shot, when the Spartans regroup for the Persian cavalry charge, the arrow tips are gone. (Granted, this is a highly stylized movie based on a comic book, but that does not change the fact that this is a continuity error.)



Some weapons used by 300 are actually weapons from previous war epics like "Alexander" and "Troy." They were used in this film to cut costs.