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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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Tagline:
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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(260 articles)
User Reviews:
Ray Harryhausen at his very best See more (129 total) »

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)

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: As Talos lifts the Argos, sailors are seen falling from a ship that is obviously still in the water.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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Referenced in Building a Better Mummy (1999) (V)See more »

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25 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Ray Harryhausen at his very best, 23 June 2004
Author: Chris Gaskin from Derby, England

This was one of those films I always remember seeing as a child and I never forgot those skeletons which I think is Ray Harryhausen's best work.

Greek hero Jason takes a party by ship to search for the Golden Fleece, but have to encounter several dangers on the way. This starts when they drop off at an island with bronze statues to collect food and water. But one of them goes into the tomb of one of these, Talos and steals a gold sword. Talos then comes to life and attacks the crew and during their escape, the ship is destroyed. Talos is destroyed eventually. While on the island, they come across a blind man, who gets attacked by two cheeky Harpies who keep eating his food. They are captured. They continue their journey and encounter Neptune and arrive on the island where the Golden Fleece is. Before getting the Golden Fleece, Jason must fight and kill the Hydra, which he does. The best part of the movie is of course those skeletons near the end. Jason manages to defeat them when they fall off a cliff into the sea.

This has to be one of, if not the best of Harryhausen's movies. Bernard Herrmann was responsible for the excellent music.

Jason is played well by Todd Armstrong and Nancy Kovack plays Medea. These are joined by Bond girl Honor Blackman (Goldfinger), Laurence Naismith (The Valley Of Gwangi), Dr Who actor Patrick Troughton who plays the blind man, Niall MacGinnis (Night of the Demon) and Nigel Green as Hercules.

This is probably my favourite of Ray Harryhausen's fantasy movies.

Rating: 5 stars out of 5.

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