Theatrical Release: March 9, 2007


In this adaptation of Frank Miller’s acclaimed graphic novel, Gerard Butler (‘The Phantom of the Opera’) stars as Leonidas, king of Sparta. In 481 B.C., Persian King Xerxes invaded Greece with a massive and seemingly invincible army of warriors. But once they reached the pass of Thermopylae in 480 B.C., they came upon King Leonidas with a determined group of 300 Spartan men, who engaged the Persian army for three days in a battle of epic proportions.

Dove Review

This movie was filmed in soft colors and it has the appearance of an older film which lends itself well to the dramatic moments of this period piece. There is some humorous moments too, which might be a bit surprising for a violent film like this but the humor works well. One example of this is when King Leonidas is facing the ruler of a very large army. He asks what a few of the soldiers do for their profession and he receives answers like, “I”m a blacksmith,” or “I’m a sculptor.” He asks his army what they are and they let out a powerful war cry. “I think I have more soldiers than you,” he says to his fellow commander.

Unfortunately for our Dove family, this movie is excessively violent, including several scenes of poured out blood in slow motion and three decapitations. It has rear male nudity as well, upper frontal female nudity, exposed breasts, and cannot be Dove approved.

Content Description

Sex: A married couple makes love and part of it is shown; a man blackmails a married woman to have sex with him; sensual dancing; sexual innuendos.
Language: H-3
Violence: Almost non-stop violence; three decapitations; severed leg; stabbings; spearings; a pile of corpses; blood flying out of boides in slow motion; bodies pierced with arrows; a child dies; skulls.
Drugs: None
Nudity: A few scenes with exposed breasts; rear male nudity; scantily clad women in other scenes.
Other: Two women kiss


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Zack Snyder and Kurt Johnstad and Michael Gordon
Director: Zack Snyder
Producer: Mark Canton
Genre: Action
Runtime: 117 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter