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Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

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The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece.



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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 <>

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19 June 1963 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Curiously, for the first time in the history of the trade name of Ray Harryhausen's "Dynamation" process, this film never carried the "Dynamation" brand, even in the opening credits. Early publicity materials did, however, advertise this movie as being filmed in "Dynamation 90" (90 referring to the double 45-degree exposure in the sodium-light traveling matte process, used in this film, and some of Ray's previous films as well), but was reportedly dropped for being "too gimmicky". Additionally, the original pre-release prints carried the film's original title card, "Jason and the Golden Fleece" (which can be seen on the 1992 LaserDisc release by Criterion), before deciding on the film's eventual title, "Jason and the Argonauts", on March 1, three months prior to the film's release in early June. See more »


When Hylas and Hercules see the statue of Talos, they are standing in grasses, then there is a long shot of them walking, but the next shot shows them still in the grasses. The next shot shows Hylas walking, then in sand, then back in the grasses with Hercules again. See more »


[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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A Fine Fine Movie
29 December 2004 | by (Manassas, Va) – See all my reviews

What do I like about this movie...besides Harryhausin's special effects? Besides the frenetic battle with the skeletons and the seemingly hopeless fight against the statue of Talos? I like the way the people are presented, I suppose...

Heracles is presented, not as a young ripped body builder, but as one would expect a middle-aged strong man to be: Formidable, a little grey and a little swaggering. Argos, the ship builder, is tan and fat, as one would expect the veteran of many sea voyages to be. The crew looks like what one would expect a crew of ancient greeks to look like.

The acting is not spectacular, but sincere. No one looks embarrassed to be in this movie. It is tight with great special effects...wonderful for children...

And, I must mention Hera, normally portrayed as a matronly and vindictive woman, is here presented as a beautiful and helpful goddess by Honor Blackman, no less. Although many of you may be more familiar with her as Pussy Galore from Goldfinger...

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