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“Quite easily one of the all-time greatest fantasy films, Jason and the Argonauts, which was written by Beverley Cross who later penned the last film Harryhausen worked on, Clash of
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Jason and the Argonauts
Theatrical release film poster by Howard Terpning Directed by Don Chaffey Produced by Charles H. Schneer Written by Beverley Cross Starring Todd Armstrong
Nancy Kovack
Honor Blackman
Gary Raymond Music by Bernard Herrmann Cinematography Wilkie Cooper Distributed by Columbia Pictures Release date(s) June 19, 1963 Running time 104 min. Country United Kingdom
United States Language English Budget $1million

Jason and the Argonauts (1963) is a Columbia Pictures fantasy feature film starring Todd Armstrong as the titular mythical Greek hero in a story about his quest for the Golden Fleece. Directed by Don Chaffey in collaboration with stop motion animation expert Ray Harryhausen, the film is noted for its stop-motion monsters. The score was composed by Bernard Herrmann, who also worked on other fantasy films with Harryhausen, such as Mysterious Island and The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad.

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Pelias (Douglas Wilmer) usurps the throne of Thessaly by killing King Aristo. However, there is a prophecy that he will be overthrown by a child of Aristo wearing one sandal. When he kills one of Aristo's daughters after she had sought and been granted the protection of Hera, Pelias makes an enemy of the goddess.

Twenty years later, Jason (Todd Armstrong), Aristo's son grown to manhood, saves the life of Pelias during a chance encounter, but loses a sandal doing so. He ...

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Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: June 19, 1963
MPAA Rating: G
Runtime: 1hr 44min
Studio: Columbia Pictures
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