Jason and the Argonauts

1963

Jason and the Argonauts

Critics Consensus

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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The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece. Jason has been prophesied to take the throne of Thessaly. When he saves Pelias from drowning, but does not recognize him as the man who had earlier killed his father, Pelias tells Jason to travel to Colchis to find the Golden Fleece. Jason follows his advice and assembles a sailing crew of the finest men in Greece, including Hercules. They are under the protection of Hera, queen of the gods. Their voyage is replete with battles against harpies, a giant bronze Talos, a hydra, and an animated skeleton army.

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (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.

    Dec 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.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    Jun 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
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  • Jason and the Argonauts exists now mostly as a fine piece of nostalgia. Viewed clearly, it's a poorly-made collection of fantastical tropes. Through rose-colored glasses, though, it's a vibrant, colorful masterpiece of cheese.

    Oct 10, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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