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Jason and the Argonauts

Jason and the Argonauts

Don Chaffey (1963)

99min
U Certificate
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Our Score
After re-creating the heroics of Sinbad, Gulliver and Captain Nemo in his previous fantasy epics, special-effects maestro Ray Harryhausen then turned his attention to the heroes, gods and monsters of Greek mythology, and produced some of his finest stop-motion magic. Stolid Todd Armstrong stars as the intrepid leader of Greece's greatest heroes whose quest for the legendary Golden Fleece offers up terrific action and a bonanza of monster mayhem - the Avengers of their day must defeat ghoulish harpies, a giant man of bronze and a sword-wielding skeleton army to make off with their booty. Any sword-and-sandal cheesiness is mercifully kept at bay thanks to a menacing but marvellous score from the great Bernard Herrmann, while a cast of British cinema's best (including Nigel Green as a boisterous Hercules and Niall MacGinnis and Honor Blackman as king and queen of the gods) adds gravitas and ensures there's wit and humanity among the derring-do. The result is a gloriously entertaining adventure for adults and children alike.

Summary

The son of an overthrown king must embark on an epic sea voyage in search of the fabled Golden Fleece so he can return and reclaim his kingdom. Before he can seize the treasure, he has to overcome a series of horrific creatures, including a seven-headed monster and a horde of sword-wielding skeletons. Mythological fantasy adventure, starring Todd Armstrong, Honor Blackman, Nancy Kovack, Niall MacGinnis and Patrick Troughton, with special effects by Ray Harryhausen.

Cast & Crew

Jason Todd Armstrong
Medea Nancy Kovack
Hera Honor Blackman
Zeus Niall MacGinnis
Argus Laurence Naismith
Phineas Patrick Troughton
Acastus Gary Raymond
Hermes Michael Gwynn
Pelias Douglas Wilmer
King Aeetes Jack Gwillim
Director Don Chaffey
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd Available on: Available on video and DVD

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