Review: ‘Jason and the Argonauts’

Jason and the Argonauts stems from the Greek mythological legend of Jason and his voyage at the helm of the Argo in search of the Golden Fleece. 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.

Jason and the Argonauts stems from the Greek mythological legend of Jason and his voyage at the helm of the Argo in search of the Golden Fleece. 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.

Among the spectacular mythological landscape and characters brought to life through the ingenuity of illusionist Ray Harryhausen are a remarkably lifelike mobile version of the colossal bronze god, Talos; fluttery personifications of the bat-winged Harpies; a miniature representation of the ‘crashing rocks’ through which Jason’s vessel must cruise; a menacing version of the seven-headed Hydra; a batch of some astonishingly active skeletons who materialize out of the teeth of Hydra; and a yare replica of the Argo itself.

Handsome Todd Armstrong does a commendable job as Jason and Nancy Kovak is beautiful as his Medea.

Jason and the Argonauts

UK

Production

Columbia. Director Don Chaffey; Producer Charles H. Schneer; Screenplay Jan Read, Beverley Cross; Camera Wilkie Cooper; Editor Maurice Rootes; Music Bernard Herrmann; Art Director Geoffrey Drake

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1963. Running time: 104 MIN.

With

Todd Armstrong Nancy Kovack Gary Raymond Laurence Naismith Niall MacGinnis Douglas Wilmer

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