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One of the most legendary adventures in all mythology is brought to life in Jason and the Argonauts, an epic saga of good and evil. As a mere boy Jason, the heir to the kingdom of Ancient Greece, witnesses the murder of his father at the hands of his ruthless uncle, Pelias. After narrowly escaping death, Jason flees his home and returns twenty years later to reclaim the throne. Upon learning of his return, Pelias sentences him to death. To save his life, Jason promises to deliver the most converted gift of the gods to his uncle - the Golden Fleece. Joined by the Argonauts, a stout-hearted crew of sailors, he embarks on a perilous voyage to capture the Fleece and fulfill his destiny. Written by
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I was looking forward to this tv version of the myth, but was very disappointed. First of all, Jason (the actor) plods through the story as if he were still "Dazed and Confused," he lacks the necessary charisma and it doesnt help that he closely resembles Kevin Sorbo. In the 63 film version, Todd Armstrong(who got the role because he was a relative of a studio exec) wasnt a great actor, but he did a much better job(and this despite his lines being dubbed by another actor!). Second, Dennis Hopper was terrible as Pelias. And he looked absolutely ridiculous when he dons the golden fleece near the end.
Third--It was a poor decision to have such young actors playing the "father and mother of the gods." Zeus and Hera should have been middle aged--not twenty-something! And the idea of having them materialize in the clouds...laughable.
I could mention how Derek Jacobi is unrecognizable and wasted in his part, and the odd choice of making Orpheus an African, but why bother?
The only good points are the location shooting, and some of the effects/monster sequences(the Minoan bull and the dragon especially).
But the 1963 film with fx by Ray Harryhausen was much more enjoyable.
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