Jason and the Argonauts 1963

Jason and the Argonauts

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Don Chaffey's Jason and the Argonauts is an outlandish, transportive piece of nostalgia whose real star is the masterful stop-motion animation work of Ray Harryhausen.

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After saving the life of his royal father's usurper, Pelias (Douglas Wilmer), whom he fails to recognize, Jason (Todd Armstrong) is encouraged by the conniving murderer to begin a quest in search of the Golden Fleece. In doing so, Pelias hopes for Jason's death to thwart the prophecy that he will reclaim the throne. Along the journey, Jason is protected by the goddess Hera (Honor Blackman), and his crew includes Hercules (Nigel Green) and Acastus (Gary Raymond), a saboteur planted by Pelias.

Cast & Crew

Nigel Green
Hercules
Jack Gwillim
King Aeetes
Ray Harryhausen
Associate Producer
Bernard Herrmann
Original Music
Wilkie Cooper
Cinematographer
Geoffrey Drake
Production Design
Jack Maxsted
Art Direction
Antonio Sarzi-Braga
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Critic Reviews for Jason and the Argonauts

All Critics (45) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (40) | Rotten (5)

  • Special-effects buffs generally cite this 1963 effort by Ray Harryhausen as the master's masterpiece, and his work does a great deal to enliven the tired plot and vacuous stars.

    December 5, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The $3 million film has a workable scenario and has been directed resourcefully and spiritedly by Don Chaffey, under whose leadership a colorful cast performs with zeal.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
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  • Great fun, as these things go, with a Bernard Herrmann score to boot.

    June 24, 2006

    Tom Milne

    Time Out
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  • This absurd, unwieldy adventure -- if that's the word -- is no worse, but certainly no better, than most of its kind.

    May 9, 2005 | Full Review…
  • The straight story of Jason's exploits, told with magic and imagination and a minimum of studio trickery, might have been delightful. This version is more bull than Bulfinch.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
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  • Though a worthy addition to the series of fantasy films adorned with Harryhausen's animation, the characters and creatures don't make the list of his most iconic concoctions.

    August 24, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Jason and the Argonauts

  • Feb 17, 2020
    An important milestone for special effects but there's not much else to keep it all that engaging anymore.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 07, 2015
    campy and ahead of its time, if you can ignore the special effects which were brilliant at the time, you'll find a film that still puts most of todays action films to shame.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2013
    You can like it but those claymation monsters prevent you from loving it too much. Silliness brings it up to a three star. Silliness prevents it from going further.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 18, 2011
    The special effects in this film sure are innovative, it kind of reminded me of Clash of the Titans (the original - not the shitty remake), but this film is far superior.
    Dillon L Super Reviewer

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