Jason and the Argonauts (1963) Movie Review

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Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

1963 | G | Fantasy, Adventure, Family
104 minutes / 1h 44min

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Jason and the Argonauts Plot Synopsis:

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.

Jason and the Argonauts (1963) Review

Director Don Chaffey directed Jason and the Argonauts (1963) which is one of my favorite stop-motion animation mixed with live action scenes. The estimated movie budget was $1 million. Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, and Gary Raymond star in this film.

Jason and the Argonauts is about Jason (Todd Armstrong) who is a demigod tasked with retrieving the legendary Golden Fleece. This legendary Greek hero leads his team of adventurers.

I first watched Jason and the Argonauts about twenty years ago and loved it back then too. I grew up fascinated with the Greek mythology and to me, this film did a terrific job capturing the best aspects of that mythology, and the pacing of the film was spot on. We are taken on a series of adventures with a common goal for the ending. Every Greek mythology and fantasy fan should give this film a chance. I showed my teenage children this film, they too enjoyed it, proving that it is a timeless classic.

  • Jason and the Argonauts Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 7.88
  • IMDB: 7.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 9.3

About Jason and the Argonauts 1963

Title: Jason and the Argonauts
Year: 1963
Runtime: 104 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Family
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.94/5 stars from 20,235 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 20,235
MPAA Rating: G
Jason and the Argonauts Cast Starring: Patrick Troughton, Ferdinando Poggi, Doug Robinson, Skeleton, Douglas Wilmer, Jack Gwillim, Eva Haddon, John Crawford, Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Davina Taylor, Gary Raymond, Tim Turner, Laurence Naismith, Niall MacGinnis, William Gudgeon, Michael Gwynn, Harold Bradley, Bill Gudgeon, Honor Blackman, John Cairney, Andrew Faulds, Nigel Green, Ennio Antonelli, Aldo Cristiani
Jason and the Argonauts Writers: Jan Read, Beverley Cross, Apollonios Rhodios
Jason and the Argonauts Director: Don Chaffey
Production: Columbia Pictures
Language: English
Country: UK, USA