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Jason and the Argonauts -- The classic fantasy tale of the fearless sailor who must find the Golden Fleece before he can claimhis throne.
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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Lots of Stop-Motion Fun! See more (132 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:
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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 | 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:
While filming footage of the Argo off the coast of Italy, shooting was interrupted when a replica of the Golden Hind sailed into view. The British television series "Sir Francis Drake" (1961) happened to be filming in the same location. Producer Charles H. Schneer shouted, "Get that ship out of here. You're in the wrong century!" at the British crew, dispelling any tensions that arose from both shots being lost.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 Creepers & Creatures (2011) (V)See more »

FAQ

What Gods are depicted in this film?
What is an Argonaut?
Was everyone in this dubbed?
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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Lots of Stop-Motion Fun!, 30 July 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

Fans of Ray Harryhausen's stop motion animation process will have a field day with JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS, which Harryhausen considered his best work. And certainly Harryhausen's special effects are the highlight of this film, which is generally based on the ancient Greek myth of Jason's search for the golden fleece.

The film as a whole is very much like a superior sword-and-sandal epic of the 1950s and 1960s, very colorful and over-run with manly men and beautiful dancing girls. A bit slow to start, once the story line is established the pace leaps forward--and we are treated to some of Harryhausen's most enjoyable creations, including Talos, the bronze statue; two of the most evil looking harpies you can imagine; a really nasty hydra; and Harryhausen's most famous (and his own personal favorite) bit of work: an attack by skeleton warriors.

In the wake of computer generated graphics, Harryhausen's work may strike some as dated, but this is actually part of its charm, for we will never see its like on screen again; it has a certain visual appeal not found in contemporary films, and Harryhausen's creations always have remarkable personality. On the downside, however, some of the film's other techniques have not aged as well, and the use of rearview projection is extremely noticeable (and often annoying) to the modern eye. Still, even those who aren't overly enthusiastic about these types of special effects will find the film an excellent choice as a "family night" film. As for Harryhausen fans--the film is a must-see, must-own, and must-watch as often as possible! Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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