Jason And The Argonauts

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Released 1963

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Director:
Don Chaffey
Released:
1963
Rating:
G

Jason and the Argonauts is a fantasy adventure directed by Don Chaffey, in collaboration with stop-motion expert Ray Harryhausen. It follows Greek hero Jason (Todd Armstrong) and his crew, the Argonauts, in their quest to gain the Golden Fleece. This isn't easy with Harpies, attacking statues and cliffs, the Hydra, and armed skeletons in the way. Jason is the son of the overthrown king of Thessaly. After saving the life of his father's murderer, Pelias (Douglas Wilmer), in an off-chance encounter (he doesn't know who he is), Jason is sent by Pelias (who does know who Jason is) on a mission to find the Golden Fleece, a legendary artefact at the edge of the world. Men from all over Greece join Jason in his task and he is even given divine help by the queen of the gods, Hera (Honor Blackman), who will aid him five times. After many hair-raising adventures, the Argonauts fianlly reach Colchis, the home of the fleece, ruled by King Aeetes (Jack Gwillim) and his daughter, high priestess Medea (Nancy Kovack). Aeetes will not give up the precious fabled fleece without a fight and leads to one of the most famous stop-motion sequences in film history between Jason and skeletons. Considered by Ray Harryhausen himself as his best film, Jason and the Argonauts is an impressive foray into Greek mythology with stunning color cinematography and extraordinary special effects.

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