Jason and the Argonauts

Jason and the Argonauts

Don Chaffey (1963)

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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.


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
Acastus Gary Raymond
Argus Laurence Naismith
Zeus Niall MacGinnis
Hera Honor Blackman
Hercules Nigel Green
Hermes Michael Gwynn
Pelias Douglas Wilmer
King Aeëtes Jack Gwillim
Hylas John Cairney
Phineas Patrick Troughton
Phalerus Andrew Faulds
Polydeuces John Crawford
Castor Ferdinando Poggi
Director Don Chaffey
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray