Jason and the Argonauts
Jason and the Argonauts (1963)

The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece. Jason has been prophesied to take the throne of Thessaly. When he saves Pelias from drowning, but does not recognize him as… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 7, 2000
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Don Chaffey's Jason and the Argonauts is an outlandish, transportive piece of nostalgia whose real star is the masterful stop-motion animation work of Ray Harryhausen.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Howard Thompson
New York Times

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

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

Made while Hollywood was plundering Roman history at vast expense, this British picture went further back in time and created a niche of its own.

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Variety Staff
Variety

The $3 million film has a workable scenario and has been directed resourcefully and spiritedly by Don Chaffey, under whose leadership a colorful cast performs with zeal.

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TIME Magazine

The straight story of Jason's exploits, told with magic and imagination and a minimum of studio trickery, might have been delightful. This version is more bull than Bulfinch.

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Film4

The Gone With The Wind of stop-frame animation.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Great fun, as these things go, with a Bernard Herrmann score to boot.

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Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian

"Jason and the Argonauts" features some of Harryhausen's most memorable stop-motion creations, including the giant bronze statue Talos and a creepy army of swordfighting skeletons.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

All the fights are stunningly put together and still deliver in action terms. This may be an old story but it feels very much alive.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
The classic mythological Greek tale of Jason, the good ship 'Argo' and its brave Argonauts, sailors of the Argo. This is most probably… More
Michael Gildea
I absolutely love Jason and the Argonauts. This one's got it all--well told Greek mythology, Ray Harryhausen's fantastic special effects, great… More
Chris Weber
Before he tackled Greek mythology in Clash of the Titans, Ray Harryhausen put his immense talents to work in Jason and the Argonauts. The movie concerns the… More
Conner Rainwater
Greek mythology has a lot of great stories, one of the most famous being the tale of Jason and the golden fleece. This has action, adventure, romance and… More
AJ Verser
This movie is so cool, the special effects are awesome, and the story is a classic epic tale. This is a really good movie.
Luke Baldock
Wonderful in every conceivable way. The pacing, the excitement, it's all there by the bucketload. This has some of Harryhausen's greatest creations,… More

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