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Jason and the Argonauts

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United Kingdom, United States · 1963
Rated G · 1h 44m
Director Don Chaffey
Starring Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Gary Raymond, Laurence Naismith
Genre Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Jason, a fearless sailor and explorer, returns to his home land of Thessaly after a long voyage to claim his rightful throne. He learns, however, that he must first find the magical Golden Fleece. To do so, he must embark on an epic quest fraught with fantastic monsters and terrible perils.

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The New York Times by

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


Chicago Reader by Dave Kehr

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 (Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack).


Empire by Ian Nathan

For sheer old-fashioned, childhood rekindling adventure you really can't go past it - just don't take the rose-tinted glasses off.


Chicago Tribune by Michael Wilmington

One of the best-loved of all the Ray Harryhausen stop-motion animation special effects extravaganzas, this kitschy version of the mythic tale of Jason's quest for the golden fleece stars Todd Armstrong as Medea's eventual betrayer and is graced with a nerve-rending Bernard Herrmann score, plus such classic visual tricks as the dueling skeletons. [01 Oct 1999, p.J]

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