Jason and the Argonauts

1963

Don Chaffey
Director
Columbia Pictures
Studio

The tale of Jason and his quest for the Golden Fleece marks the greatest achievement of stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen. For those of us of a certain age, this was cinema at its finest, derring-do, walking skeletons, Gods and monsters. Let's hear it for a brilliant Bernard Herrmann score too. Highly recommended.

The best of the many films based on Greek myth, primarily because the script has depth and is not just a frame to hang Harryhausen's effects upon. This is something other films of this ilk need to remember, especially when their vaunted digital effects will look as quaint as stop-motion a half-century on.

And the performances are equally fine, though I am sure British moviegoers must have been confused to hear the Invisible Man's voice coming out of Jason! Standouts: Nigel Green's blowhard of a Hercules, suddenly humbled and saddened by the loss of his friend, left to reflect while searching for Hylas, who is obviously dead. And Patrick Troughton's tortured blind seer, who brings a Shakespearian pathos to his small role ("Zeus, I was a sinner. I've never tried to deny it. But I didn't sin every day. Why then do you punish me every day?") A Marvelous film.

-Dave W.


Jason And The Argonauts
19th June 1963
Cinema

Not Rated

104 mins
1.85:1

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15th August 1963
Cinema



104 mins
1.85:1

Jason And The Argonauts (1963/ Special Edition)
14th July 1998
DVD



104 mins
1.85:1

Jason And The Argonauts
19th December 2005
DVD



104 mins


Jason and the Argonauts
6th July 2010
Blu-Ray

Not Rated

104 mins
1.85:1



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Todd Armstrong
Jason
Nancy Kovack
Medea
Gary Raymond
Acastus
Laurence Naismith
Argus
Niall MacGinnis
Zeus
Michael Gwynn
Hermes
Douglas Wilmer
Pelias
Jack Gwillim
King Aeëtes
Honor Blackman
Hera
John Cairney
Hylas
Patrick Troughton
Phineas
Andrew Faulds
Phalerus
Nigel Green
Hercules
Ennio Antonelli
Dmitrius (uncredited)
John Crawford
Polydeuces (uncredited)
Aldo Cristiani
Lynceus (uncredited)
Ferdinando Poggi
Castor (uncredited)
Doug Robinson
Euphemus
(incorrectly listed in IMDb
as Eupaemus)
(uncredited)
Davina Taylor
Briseis (uncredited)
Unknown
Aeëtes' Captain
(uncredited)
Talos
Himself (uncredited)
Harpies
Themselves (uncredited)
Bill Gudgeon
Triton (uncredited)
Hydra
Itself (uncredited)
Skeletons
Themselves (uncredited)
Eva Haddon
Medea (voice)
Tim Turner
Jason (voice)

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