Jason and the Argonauts

Jason and the Argonauts

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Overview

Jason and the Argonauts

Greek mythology is done up brown by the special-effects expertise of Ray Harryhausen in Jason and the Argonauts. Jason (Todd Armstrong), rightful heir to the throne of Thessaly, is spared from death through the intervention of the goddess Hera (Honor Blackman). The other celestial inhabitants of Mount Olympus watch in amusement as Hera surreptitiously aids Jason in his search for the Golden Fleece. Obstacles to this goal include a giant come-to-life statue named Talos, the screeching harpies plaguing blind prophet Phineas (Patrick Troughton), a set of huge clashing rocks, the seven-headed hydra, and an army of skeletons (this bravura climactic sequence assured Harryhausen's place in the hearts of 13-year-old boys of all ages). Supporting characters include Nancy Kovack as a pre-infanticide Medea and Nigel Green as a pacifistic Hercules. Bernard Herrmann's surging musical score was icing on the cake for this greatest of all Ray Harryhausen creations.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/30/2015
UPC: 9337369007854
Original Release: 1963
Source: Imports
Sales rank: 28,382

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Todd Armstrong Jason
Nancy Kovack Medea
Gary Raymond Acoustus
Laurence Naismith Argus
Michael Gwynn Hermes
Niall MacGinnis Zeus
Honor Blackman Hera
Douglas Wilmer Pelias
John Cairney Hylas
Patrick Troughton Phineas
Andrew Faulds Phalerus
Nigel Green Hercules
John Crawford Polydeuces
Douglas Robinson Euphemus
Nando Poggi Castor
Jack Gwyllim King Aeetes

Technical Credits
Don Chaffey Director
Wilkie Cooper Cinematographer
Beverley Cross Screenwriter
John Dark Production Manager
Geoffrey Drake Production Designer
Ray Harryhausen Associate Producer,Special Effects
Herbert Smith Art Director
Bernard Herrmann Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Red Law Sound/Sound Designer
Jack Maxsted Art Director
Mario Nascimbene Musical Direction/Supervision
Syd Pearson Special Effects
Jan Read Screenwriter
Maurice Rootes Editor
Toni Sarzi-Braga Art Director
Charles H. Schneer Producer

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Jason and the Argonauts 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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PKTeach More than 1 year ago
My 7th and 8th grade literature classes loved the movie! While they thought the special effects were campy, they loved the action and could make the connections between what they had learned about Greek myths and the ancient world with this movie without me having to make the connections for them. They kept wanting to see the skeletons fight.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Larry D. Bohall, author of Martyr's Cry (ISBN: 1591295327): When I was a kid, our town showed this movie in the city park. I was about 6 or 7, and I was absolutely enthralled (and scared out of my wits by the Children of the Hydra!). I still love this film. Today's technology has improved, but some of these scenes (including the harpies and the Children of the Hydra) stand up to this day. I recommend it highly!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This wonderful fantasy has it all: Derring-do, romance and a good feel for the subject matter. On top of the well-known skeleton and harpy scenes, it has something no other Greek myth movie I know of has ever shown: in the original stories Hercules (or Heracles, if you're Greek) is a whining, self-centered baby who just happens to be super strong. Lo and behold, in this movie that's just the way he's portrayed. Loved it!
jameswormold More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy Greek mythology and good film making, you'll certainly enjoy "Jason and the Argonauts." It is indeed possible to reproduce the ancient world without digital special effects! A strong cast, excellent photography and, of course, Ray Harryhousen's wonderful special effects make this a DVD you'll watch more than once.
Ceibhfhionn More than 1 year ago
An oldie but goodie. Sure, it's kinda campy but they just don't make 'em like they used to. It's much better than the made for TV mini-series that came out a few years ago.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can remember seeing this movie in the drive in as a child and being absolutely PETRIFIED of the skeletons popping up and sword fighting-the special effects in this movie are marvelous considering the year it was made. I ADORE neptune coming up from the sea to hold the clashing rocks and the bronze man coming down from his pedestal to avenge the plundering of his treasure trove. AND I LOVED the actor who played Jason . I always thought he was so handsome, but I have never seen him in anything else. It starts kind of slow at first, but is worth the wait.
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