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Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

Approved | | Adventure, Family, Fantasy | 19 June 1963 (USA)
The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece.

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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, all brought to life by the special effects wizardry of Ray Harryhausen. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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In early press material, Mario Nascimbene was credited as the music composer of this film. This was because Nascimbene was considered for the job of composer in case Bernard Herrmann turned it down (which, as it turned out, he didn't). In later interviews Nascimbene claimed he never heard of the film (most probably meaning Herrmann accepted the offer before Nascimbene could be approached). He did, however, go on to compose the music score for another Ray Harryhausen film, One Million Years B.C. (1966), which was also directed by Don Chaffey (who directed this film). See more »

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Around 00:02:00, we can see the priest's shadow on the rock on the left, but the sun is also on the left, so the shadow should be on the right, like the men's shadows on the beach. See more »

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[first lines]
Pelias: Well?
Priest: Zeus, king of the gods of the Greeks, brighten the ashes that I may read the future. I see... a great tree at the end of the world. And in its branches there hang the skull and skin of a ram. They gleam and shine for it is a prize of the gods, a Golden Fleece.
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It's All About the Special-Effects
10 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I was a teen, this was a "cool" movie. The special-effects that were exhibited in this movie back then (1963) were awesome at that time. If they had one, Ray Harryhausen would be a charter member of the film world's Hall Of Fame for SpeciaI Effects. He is a legend in Hollywood. Who will never forget seeing skeletons alive and fighting back then? Not me, or my friends. It just made a lasting impression and I suspect that will always be cool even though FX has improved so much and it looks dated by now.

Dated or not, some of the scenes in here still are fun to view, even though the storyline and some of the dialog is so stupid it makes me cringe.

This is almost a "cult" movie, I suspect, by now, especially with the horrible acting in here. The acting and dialog are so bad, it's almost a comedy in parts....but who cares? We just watch for the "effects."


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