Jason and the Argonauts
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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 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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
""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."
‑ Jamie S. Rich, Oregonian
"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."
‑ Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
"What a blast!"
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The sheer outlandish nature of the production sets it apart from many of the mythology-inspired films of its era."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Snobbery
"Great fun, as these things go, with a Bernard Herrmann score to boot."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"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."
‑ Adrian Turner, Radio Times
"A great adventure movie... presents spectacle in the most wide-eyed, awe-inspired register."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"For sheer old-fashioned, childhood rekindling adventure you really can't go past it."
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
"For true Ray Harryhausen fans, Jason and the Argonauts will remain one of his greatest feats. And if you bring yourself back to the era, you'll find a world of wonder yourself."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"This absurd, unwieldy adventure -- if that's the word -- is no worse, but certainly no better, than most of its kind."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"The Gone With The Wind of stop-frame animation."
‑ , Film4
"One of Ray Harryhausen's finest moments, the remarkable special effects are still pretty impressive even in today's CG-shaped world."
‑ , Total Film
"A stop-motion animation masterwork."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"(A) fantasia of the classic Greek myth with a brawny odyssey through lands of magic, all at the behest of the gods using humans as pieces in their competitive games and wagers."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
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