300

Trivia: 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.

Trivia: In the child's fight training scene, young Leonidas is played by the son of director, Zack Snyder.

Trivia: Remarkably, there was nothing CGI about the incredibly fit Spartan soldiers. All the actors went through an extremely rigorous bodybuilding regimen to achieve the desired image in the movie. The workout, now known as the 300 workout, is available from numerous sites all over the internet. Caution: it's not for the faint of heart.

Trivia: The line "Come and get them!", said by Leonidas in response to the Persian demand for the Spartans to surrender their weapons, is also a historical quote (according to ancient historian Herodotus), which was adopted as the motto of the Greek Army's 1st Corps.

Trivia: Leonidas' wife says good-bye to her husband with the words: "Return carrying your shield, or on it." This is a famous historical quote of a Spartan mother to her son; he was supposed to either return as victor (carrying the shield) or as one of the honorably fallen (carried on his shield). If he would not return with the shield, it would mean that he had run from the battle - something a true Spartan would not do.

Trivia: During the battle we see Xerxes standing on top of the cliff. He was most notably known for the fact he did this rather than participate in battles like other kings did.

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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.

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Mistakes

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.)

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