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Jason and the Argonauts Details


Greek mythology is done up brown by the special-effects expertise of Ray Harryhausen in Jason and the Argonauts. Jason (Todd Armstrong), rightful heir to the throne of Thessaly, is spared from death through the intervention of the goddess Hera (Honor Blackman). The other celestial inhabitants of Mount Olympus watch in amusement as Hera surreptitiously aids Jason in his search for the Golden Fleece. Obstacles to this goal include a giant come-to-life statue named Talos, the screeching harpies plaguing blind prophet Phineas (Patrick Troughton), a set of huge clashing rocks, the seven-headed hydra, and an army of skeletons (this bravura climactic sequence assured Harryhausen's place in the hearts of 13-year-old boys of all ages). Supporting characters include Nancy Kovack as a pre-infanticide Medea and Nigel Green as a pacifistic Hercules. Bernard Herrmann's surging musical score was icing on the cake for this greatest of all Ray Harryhausen creations. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 15, 1963


Nancy Kovack
as Medea
Gary Raymond
as Acoustus
Laurence Naismith
as Argus
Niall MacGinnis
as Zeus
Michael Gwynn
as Hermes
Douglas Wilmer
as Pelias
Honor Blackman
as Hera
John Cairney
as Hylas
Patrick Troughton
as Phineas
Andrew Faulds
as Phalerus
Nigel Green
as Hercules
John Crawford
as Polydeuces
Nando Poggi
as Castor
Jack Gwyllim
as King Aeetes


Don Chaffey
Charles H. Schneer
Beverley Cross
Jan Read
Wilkie Cooper
Mario Nascimbene
Musical Direction/Supervision
Bernard Herrmann
Composer (Music Score)
Bernard Herrmann
Musical Direction/Supervision
Maurice Rootes
Geoffrey Drake
Production Designer
Jack Maxsted
Art Director
Toni Sarzi-Braga
Art Director
Ray Harryhausen
Associate Producer
Red Law
Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Harryhausen
Special Effects
Syd Pearson
Special Effects
John Dark
Production Manager