"COME AND GET THEM!"
Description: The defiant cry of King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) to a Persian officer who demands, “Spartans, lay down your weapons” in the motion picture 300 (2006).
In the year of 480 B.C., Persian King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) assembles a vaste army to sweep across the freedom loving people of Greece.
To battle the approaching tyranny, King Lionidas of Sparta sends 300 of his best warriors to hold off the invaders at a narrow pass known as Thermopylaes to give the rest of his countrymen time to gather an army of their own to fight Xerxes and thus save Greece from the yoke of slavery and oppression.
As emmisaries from Xerxes arrive at the court of King Lionidas, one of them explains the futilty of resisting and arrogantly proclaims, "Choose your next words carefully, Leonidas. They may be your last as king."
But Lionidas will have none of his threats and points his sword at the man's throat. "Madman! You're a madman! No man, Persian or Greek, no man threatens a messenger!"
Leonidas growls, "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, I've chosen my words carefully, Persian. Perhaps you should have done the same!"
The Messenger screams, "This is blasphemy! This is madness!" Lionidas shouts "Madness? This...is...SPARTA!!! and shoves Xerxes' entourage into a deep, dark well from which there is no return.
|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!|
|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.|
Descended from Hercules, the Spartans are taught never to retreat, never to surrender. And they are taught that death in the battlefield is the greatest glory a warrior can achieve in his life. In essence, Spartans were the finest soldiers the world has ever known.
Preparing for battle Leonidas advises his warriors, “Give them nothing! But take from them everything!” and “This is where we fight. This is where they die.”
When a Persian tells warrior Stelios (Michael Fassbender), "A thousand nations of the Persian empire descend upon you. Our arrows will blot out the sun!" Uunshaken, Stelios simply says, “Then we will fight in the shade.”
On the other side of the battlefield, Ephialtes (Andrew Tiernan), a deformed Greek shepherd stands at the side of Persian King Xerxes who promises Ephialtes anything he desires if only he reveals the location of a secret mountan passage that would enable his troops to outflank his enemy. Xerxes lures him into his web, saying, “Cruel Leonidas demanded that you stand. I require only that you kneel.” Choosing pleasure and possesions over love of country, Ephialtes tells Xerxes what he needs to know.
When Lionidas sees Ephialtes at the head of the Persian hordes, he curses him, saying, “May you live forever!” Lionidas wants the traitor to remember for eternity his betrayal of his fellow Greeks.
For three days, the Spartans warriors withstand the onslaught of the Persian troops, but in the end, they are killed. But, before King Lionidas died, he sent Dillios (David Wenham), his faithful officer to return to Sparta and deliver a message to his Queen Gorgo (Lena Headey).
"'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'."
The death of the 300 Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae inspires Greece to rally an army to battle the oncoming horde of Persian oppressors. And, in the end, they win and change the face of Western Civiilization.
|Dilios:||And so my king died, and my brothers died, barely a year ago. Long I pondered my king's cryptic talk of victory. Time has proven him wise, for from free Greek to free Greek, the word was spread that bold Leonidas and his three hundred, so far from home, laid down their lives. Not just for Sparta, but for all Greece and the promise this country holds. Now, here on this ragged patch of earth called Plataea, Xerxes's hordes face obliteration!|
|Dilios:||Just there the barbarians huddle, sheer terror gripping tight their hearts with icy fingers... knowing full well what merciless horrors they suffered at the swords and spears of three hundred. Yet they stare now across the plain at *ten thousand* Spartans commanding thirty thousand free Greeks! HA-OOH!|
|Spartan Army:||HA-OOH! HA-OOH! HA-OOH!|
|Dilios:||The enemy outnumber us a paltry three to one, good odds for any Greek. This day we rescue a world from mysticism and tyranny and usher in a future brighter than anything we can imagine. Give thanks, men, to Leonidas and the brave 300! TO VICTORY!|