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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 »
Genre:
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:
A Fine Fine Movie See more (131 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:
After Ray Harryhausen received the Gordon E. Sawyer Award recognizing his contributions of the film industry at the Oscars' science & technical ceremony in 1992, Tom Hanks, the host of the event, said "Some people say Citizen Kane or Casablanca. I say Jason and the Argonauts is the greatest movie ever made."See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In the scene where Medea is performing, she turns around only to reveal her dress has an obvious zipper. Zippers weren't invented until the mid to late 1800s.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:
Referenced in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (2004) (VG)See more »

FAQ

What is an Argonaut?
Chicago Opening Happened When?
Why was Hera only allowed to help Jason five times and what did she do each of these times?
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35 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A Fine Fine Movie, 29 December 2004
Author: masercot from Manassas, Va

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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