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Jason and the Argonauts -- Jason, son of the murdered King of Thessaly, is diverted from claiming his throne, in a search for the Golden Fleece, which can bring peace to his kingdom. Special effects by Ray Harryhausen and vivid color cinematography highlight the fable of Jason's search for golden fleece.
Jason and the Argonauts -- The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece.

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Director:
Writers:
Jan Read (screenplay) &
Beverley Cross (screenplay)
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Release Date:
19 June 1963 (USA) See more »
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Greatest Odyssey Of The Ages - for the first time on the screen See more »
Plot:
The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Todd Armstrong ... Jason

Nancy Kovack ... Medea

Gary Raymond ... Acastus
Laurence Naismith ... Argos
Niall MacGinnis ... Zeus
Michael Gwynn ... Hermes / Priest
Douglas Wilmer ... Pelias

Jack Gwillim ... King Aeetes

Honor Blackman ... Hera
John Cairney ... Hylas

Patrick Troughton ... Phineas
Andrew Faulds ... Phalerus

Nigel Green ... Hercules
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ennio Antonelli ... Dmitrius - Drummer on Argo (uncredited)
John Crawford ... Polydeuces (uncredited)
Aldo Cristiani ... Lynceus (uncredited)
Eva Haddon ... Medea (voice) (uncredited)
Ferdinando Poggi ... Castor (uncredited)
Doug Robinson ... Eupaemus (uncredited)
Davina Taylor ... Briseis (uncredited)
Tim Turner ... Jason (voice) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Don Chaffey 
 
Writing credits
Jan Read (screenplay) &
Beverley Cross (screenplay)

Apollonios Rhodios  poem "The Argonautica" (uncredited)

Produced by
Ray Harryhausen .... associate producer
Charles H. Schneer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bernard Herrmann 
 
Cinematography by
Wilkie Cooper (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Maurice Rootes 
 
Production Design by
Geoffrey Drake 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Maxsted 
Antonio Sarzi-Braga  (as Tony Sarzi Braga)
Herbert Smith 
 
Production Management
Jimmy Komisarjevsky .... unit manager
Paul Maslansky .... unit manager
Leonardo Scavino .... unit manager (as Leon Lenoir)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dennis Bertera .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Cyril Collick .... sound recordist
Alfred Cox .... sound editor
Red Law .... sound recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Harryhausen .... creator of special visual effects
Arthur Hayward .... sculptor: model (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ralph Faulkner .... fight choreographer (uncredited)
Eddie Powell .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Harry Gillam .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
María Luisa Pino .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bernard Herrmann .... conductor: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Bernard Herrmann .... musical director (uncredited)
Bernard Herrmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Phyllis Crocker .... continuity
John Dark .... production executive
James Wines .... title designer
Ferdinando Poggi .... swordfight arranger (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
104 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Canada:G (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-8 (uncut) (2000) | Finland:K-12 (cut) (1963) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (1963) | Iceland:12 | Ireland:G | Norway:11 | Singapore:PG | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (PCA #20139) | USA:G (re-rating) | West Germany:12
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Trivia:
In the early stages of story development the twin monsters Scylla and Charybdis, a centaur, and the three-headed dog Cerebus were intended to appear.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Edited from Helen of Troy (1956)See more »

FAQ

Why does the movie end so abruptly?
What Gods are depicted in this film?
Why was Hera only allowed to help Jason five times and what did she do each of these times?
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39 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Good old fashioned fun!, 4 September 2005
Author: Boba_Fett1138 from Groningen, The Netherlands

As entertainment this movie is perfect. The movie is a fun adventurous one, with lots of spectacular moments and fights. From a technical point of view this movie is even a masterpiece. The stop-motion scene's created by special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen is simply brilliant and makes this movie one of the most influential and important one's, when it comes to special effects. But also the movie uses clever camera tricks and some well made miniatures. Yes, of course the effects all look out dated now but they still surprisingly, look convincing enough and at times they are even still simply breathtaking and spectacular to look at. Especially of course the legendary, fantastic end fight against the skeleton warriors.

The story is like good entertainment should be; Adventurous, exciting and simple to follow. The movie truly is none stop fun entertainment to watch with lots of spectacular moments with the legendary skeleton fight as the ultimate highlight. You don't have to be a fan of 'classic' movies in order to enjoy this movie, everyone should be able to appreciate this movie and be entertained by it, especially when you are a fan of ancient Greek tales.

Something that is not praised enough of this movie is the musical score by Bernard Herrmann.

The movie is not exactly filled with impressive and memorable actors. As many movies as I have seen in my life, I don't think I have ever seen any actors from this movie in any other movie, with the exception of course of Honor Blackman who will always be remembered for playing the Bond girl Pussy Galore in "Goldfinger". But this movie clearly isn't a character-adventure movie, it's a special effect adventure movie. The special effects are really the most important element of the movie. So for the fans of special effects this is especially most definitely a must see.

A movie that should be fun and enjoyable to everyone, of all ages.

8/10

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