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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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User Reviews:
Never ever gets old, magical movie with a big mythical heart. See more (143 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 (uncredited)
Harold Bradley ... Guard in Palace (uncredited)

John Crawford ... Polydeuces (uncredited)
Aldo Cristiani ... Lynceus (uncredited)
Bill Gudgeon ... Triton (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:
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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 | Netherlands:6 | Norway:11 | Singapore:PG | South Korea:12 (2017) | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (PCA #20139) | USA:G (certificate #20139) (re-rating) | West Germany:12
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Colchis, the location of the Golden Fleece, is an actual place on the East Coast of the Black Sea, in western Georgia.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the harpies attack Phinneus, the pillars behind them are visible through their wings.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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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Never ever gets old, magical movie with a big mythical heart., 15 October 2008
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

To regain his rightful place as the King of Thessaly, Jason must traverse deadly seas to the land of Colchis where a Golden Fleece of magical powers is housed. Assembling a crew of the toughest men around, and aided by the Goddess Hera, Jason and his Argonauts set sail unbeknown that perils await at every port.

Directed by Don Chaffrey and featuring some of stop motion genius Ray Harryhausen's best work, Jason And The Argonauts is still entertaining families nearly 50 years after its original release. For sure it's got a "B" movie heart, and no film in this genre is without a high cheese quota, but it's technically one of the genres best and for daring do shenanigans it has no peers. The gorgeous Meditteranean photography courtesy of Wilkie Cooper (Dynamation 90) goes hand in hand with the zippy and pleasing score from Bernard Hermann, while Chaffrey's direction of the human aspects is solid and safe in preparation for Harryhausen's magic to move in and take over. The cast may not cover themselves in glory, and yes at times some of them are wooden, with only Honor Blackman (Hera) and Nigel Green (Hercules) seemingly able to grasp the sense of fun that is meant to be had. But really it's a minor itch, for when you have a big quest adventure containing harpies, a hydra, a giant bronze statue intent on destroying all, clashing rocks, angry gods and a brilliant Harryhausen skeleton army - well it's all good really isn't it! 9/10

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