American Rhetoric: Movie Speech

300 (2007)


Dilios' Battle Call at Plataea


Audio mp3 delivered by David Wenham


Dilios: 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 300, 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 hordes face obliteration!

Spartan Army: HA-OOOH!!

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 300.

Yet, they stare now across the plain at 10,000 Spartans commanding 30,000 free Greeks: HA-OOOH!

Spartan Army: HA-OOOH! HA-OOOH! HA-OOOH!

Dilios: The enemy outnumber us a paltry 3 to 1; 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.





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