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Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

Approved | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 19 June 1963 (USA)
The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece.

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The quest to find the Golden Fleece is over, but now Jason and his band of Argonauts must embark on a new and more difficult journey, the journey home.

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Jason has been prophesied to take the throne of Thessaly. When he saves Pelias from drowning, but does not recognize him as the man who had earlier killed his father, Pelias tells Jason to travel to Colchis to find the Golden Fleece. Jason follows his advice and assembles a sailing crew of the finest men in Greece, including Hercules. They are under the protection of Hera, queen of the gods. Their voyage is replete with battles against harpies, a giant bronze Talos, a hydra, and an animated skeleton army, all brought to life by the special effects wizardry of Ray Harryhausen. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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This British / American film was filmed and released in the waning years of the Italian-produced sword-and-sandal / mythological muscleman movies. Many of those productions dealt with Jason. Most unusual for the time was the casting of British actor Nigel Green as Hercules. Although he was very tall, he lacked the bodybuilder physique that moviegoers were used to seeing for this character. Although film was not able to match the scale of spectacle of the European productions, the elaborate special effects by Ray Harryhausen gave it the look of a more expensive production, contributing to its box-office success. See more »

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Just before their fight with the skeletons, Jason and his two companions remove the leather straps they're wearing across their chests. In the immediately following close-ups of Jason, he's still wearing his. See more »

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[first lines]
Pelias: Well?
Priest: Zeus, king of the gods of the Greeks, brighten the ashes that I may read the future. I see... a great tree at the end of the world. And in its branches there hang the skull and skin of a ram. They gleam and shine for it is a prize of the gods, a Golden Fleece.
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It's All About the Special-Effects
10 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I was a teen, this was a "cool" movie. The special-effects that were exhibited in this movie back then (1963) were awesome at that time. If they had one, Ray Harryhausen would be a charter member of the film world's Hall Of Fame for SpeciaI Effects. He is a legend in Hollywood. Who will never forget seeing skeletons alive and fighting back then? Not me, or my friends. It just made a lasting impression and I suspect that will always be cool even though FX has improved so much and it looks dated by now.

Dated or not, some of the scenes in here still are fun to view, even though the storyline and some of the dialog is so stupid it makes me cringe.

This is almost a "cult" movie, I suspect, by now, especially with the horrible acting in here. The acting and dialog are so bad, it's almost a comedy in parts....but who cares? We just watch for the "effects."


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