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The heroic Spartan king Leonidas, armed with nothing but leather underwear and a cape, Photos. Carmen Electra in Meet the Spartans () Ken Davitian and Sean Maguire in Meet the .. of people found this review helpful. “If you want to get a taste of what life would have been like in Ancient Sparta, look no further,” he said. “We are as Spartan as can be.”. It seems almost ironic that in the absence of famous ancient architecture the popular image of Sparta as an urban space is now dominated by the picture of a .
Years later, Leonidas is training his son when Captain Kevin Sorbo informs him that a Persian messenger has arrived. Accompanied by the Spartan politician Traitoro, the messenger presents Xerxes ' demands for Sparta's submission. After growing angry with both the messenger's disrespect and finding him making out with his wife, Leonidas kicks him into a pit.
Despite Traitoro's advice that the messenger's guards are now needed to convey the actual message, Leonidas kicks them in as well, along with several other people he simply dislikes, such as Britney Spears Nicole ParkerRyan Seacrestand the American Idol ju dg es. Resolving to face the PersiansLeonidas visits the prophets and gives them medicines such as Neutrogena as their price for their consultation. They advise him that he should consult the Oracle for any advice.
The Oracle, Ugly Bettyreveals that Leonidas will die should he go to war.
After reaching a decision while spending the night with his wife, Leonidas meets the soldiers assembled for his departure to Thermopylaeand finds that only thirteen were accepted in the army due to stringent requirements. Among them are Captain, his son Sonio, and a slightly unfit Spartan named Dilio. Once at the Hot Gates, they encounter a deformed Paris Hilton also played by Parkerwho tells Leonidas and the Captain about a secret goat path above the Hot Gates that Xerxes could use to outflank the Spartans.
When she asks to be made a Spartan soldier, Leonidas rejects her as unqualified due to her inability to use a spear correctly. Leonidas and his platoon soon face off with Xerxes' messenger and his Immortals, beating them in a dance contest before driving them off a cliff. Xerxes Ken Davitianimpressed, personally approaches Leonidas and attempts to bribe him with a trip to the Palms Hotel and Casino. Leonidas declines, and the Spartans face the Persian army in a " Yo Momma " fight, which the Spartans win, but Dilio has his eyes scratched out and wanders away.
Hilton decides to betray the Spartans and reveals the location of the goat path to Xerxes in return for various gifts and for having her deformed hump removed.
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Xerxes meets the twelve remaining Spartans and the war begins. On August 3,Warner Bros.
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Interactive Entertainment announced its intention to make a PlayStation Portable game, March to Glorybased on the film. Collision Studios worked with Warner Bros. On July 21,Warner Bros.
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This new Blu-ray Disc is encased in a page Digibook and includes all the extras from the original release as well as some new ones. These features include a Picture-in-Picture feature entitled The Complete A Comprehensive Immersion, which enables the viewer to view the film in three different perspectives. This release also includes a digital copy.
TNT agreed to a three-year deal instead of the more typical five-year deal. The Meltdown for the biggest opening weekend in the month of March and for a Spring release. Jurassic Park but higher than Transformers. Once you make a great movie, word can spread very quickly. While it received a standing ovation at the public premiere,  it was panned at a press screening hours earlier, where many attendees left during the showing and those who remained booed at the end. The site's critical consensus reads, "A simple-minded but visually exciting experience, full of blood, violence, and ready-made movie quotes.
Scott of The New York Times describes as "about as violent as Apocalypto and twice as stupid," while criticizing its color scheme and suggesting that its plot includes racist undertones; Scott also poked fun at the buffed bodies of the actors portraying the Spartans, declaring that the Persian characters are "pioneers in the art of face-piercing", but that the Spartans had access to "superior health clubs and electrolysis facilities".
Comic Book Resources ' Mark Cronan found the film compelling, leaving him "with a feeling of power, from having been witness to something grand. The historical consensus, both among ancient chroniclers and current scholars, was that Thermopylae was a clear Greek defeat; the Persian invasion would be pushed back in later ground and naval battles.
The Spartans' use of the narrow terrain, in those particular circumstances, is a military tactic known as " defeat in detail ".
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Paul CartledgeProfessor of Greek History at Cambridge Universityadvised the filmmakers on the pronunciation of Greek names, and said they "made good use" of his published work on Sparta. He praises the film for its portrayal of "the Spartans' heroic code", and of "the key role played by women in backing up, indeed reinforcing, the male martial code of heroic honour", while expressing reservations about its "'West' goodies vs 'East' baddies polarization". He suggests that the film's moral universe would have seemed "as bizarre to ancient Greeks as it does to modern historians".
He remarks that SimonidesAeschylusand Herodotus viewed Thermopylae as a battle against "Eastern centralism and collective serfdom", which opposed "the idea of the free citizen of an autonomous polis ". Some passages from the Classical authors AeschylusDiodorusHerodotus and Plutarch are split over the movie to give it an authentic flavor. Aeschylus becomes a major source when the battle with the "monstrous human herd" of the Persians is narrated in the film.
Diodorus' statement about Greek valor to preserve their liberty is inserted in the film, but his mention of Persian valor is omitted.
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Herodotus' fanciful numbers are used to populate the Persian army, and Plutarch's discussion of Greek women, specifically Spartan women, is inserted wrongly in the dialogue between the " misogynist " Persian ambassador and the Spartan king.
Classical sources are certainly used, but exactly in all the wrong places, or quite naively. The Athenians were fighting a sea battle during this. It's about the romanticizing of the Spartan 'ideal', a process that began even in ancient times, was promoted by the Romans, and has survived over time while less and less resembling the actual historical Sparta. It's just in the visualization that it's crazy… I've shown this movie to world-class historians who have said it's amazing.
They can't believe it's as accurate as it is. That's what I say when people say it's historically inaccurate". He also describes the film's narrator, Dilios, as "a guy who knows how not to wreck a good story with truth". I took those chest plates and leather skirts off of them for a reason. I wanted these guys to move and I wanted 'em to look good. I knocked their helmets off a fair amount, partly so you can recognize who the characters are.
Spartans, in full regalia, were almost indistinguishable except at a very close angle. Another liberty I took was, they all had plumes, but I only gave a plume to Leonidas, to make him stand out and identify him as a king.
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I was looking for more an evocation than a history lesson. The best result I can hope for is that if the movie excites someone, they'll go explore the histories themselves. Because the histories are endlessly fascinating.
Kaveh Farrokh in a paper entitled "The Movie: Separating Fact from Fiction"  notes that the film falsely portrays "the Greco-Persian Wars in binary terms: He highlights three points regarding the contribution of the Achaemenid Empire to the creation of democracy and human rights. This was the first time in history that a world power had guaranteed the survival of the Jewish people, religion, customs and culture.
Snyder relates that there was "a huge sensitivity about East versus West with the studio. The New York Post 's Kyle Smith wrote that the film would have pleased " Adolf 's boys,"  and Slate 's Dana Stevens compares the film to The Eternal Jew"as a textbook example of how race-baiting fantasy and nationalist myth can serve as an incitement to total war.
Newsday critic Gene Seymour, on the other hand, stated that such reactions are misguided, writing that "the movie's just too darned silly to withstand any ideological theorizing.