One Of The Best Movies Ever Made!
I'm A Hardcore Fan Of Ray Harryhausen so One Day I Decided to find he's
Greatest Film so I started Buying all his Movies And When I got Jason &
The Argonauts! OMG! I couldn't Believe It!
The Plot is loosely Based on The Jason & The Golden Fleece Myth
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 does not
know that he has rescued his father's murderer, but Pelias recognizes
his nemesis. Pelias keeps his identity secret. However, he cannot just
kill Jason; the prophecy also says that he himself would die. When he
learns that Jason is considering undertaking a dangerous quest to
obtain the fabled Golden Fleece to rally the people of Thessaly, Pelias
encourages him, hoping that he will be killed in the attempt. Men from
all over Greece compete for the honor of joining Jason. Since their
ship is named the Argo after the ship's builder Argos (Laurence
Naismith), they are dubbed the Argonauts. Among those chosen are
Hercules (Nigel Green) and Acastus (Gary Raymond), the son of Pelias,
who is sent by his father to sabotage the voyage. Jason is taken to
Mount Olympus by Hermes (Michael Gwynn) to speak to the gods Zeus
(Niall MacGinnis) and Hera (Honor Blackman). Hera tells him that she
wishes him well, but that Zeus has imposed restrictions on her
assistance (Jason, like all mortals, is unknowingly a piece in the game
which the gods play against each other. This is an accurate portrayal
of Greek theology and rarely found in any modern medium). Jason learns
that he can only invoke Hera's aid five times (the same number of times
his sister called on the goddess by name for help before she was
slain). In response to Jason's unasked questions, Hera tells him to
search for the Fleece in the land of Colchis, on the other side of the
world. Many dangers threaten the expedition. When the Argonauts run
perilously low on supplies, Jason turns to Hera. She guides him to the
Isle of Bronze, but warns him to take nothing but provisions. However,
while chasing some goats, Hercules and his young friend Hylas (John
Cairney) find a partially-open treasure chamber of the gods, surmounted
by an enormous bronze statue of Talos. Despite Hylas' warning, Hercules
steals an enormous brooch pin the size of a javelin. The statue comes
to life and attacks, causing much mayhem before Jason can destroy it
using Hera's advice. Hylas is missing and presumed dead, but the
guilt-ridden Hercules refuses to leave until he knows for certain. The
other Argonauts will not abandon Hercules, so Jason is forced to call
on Hera for the last time. She confirms that Hylas is indeed dead and
that Hercules is destined not to continue with them. Hera also directs
them to seek out Phineas (Patrick Troughton), the blind seer, for the
way to Colchis. They find him tormented by two blue-skinned, bat-like
Harpies sent by Zeus to punish him for misusing his gift of prophecy.
In return for imprisoning the flying creatures, Phineas tells Jason
what he needs to know. In gratitude, Phineas also gives Jason his only
possession, an amulet. To reach Colchis however, they must pass between
the Clashing Rocks, a strait flanked by towering rock cliffs that shake
and drop boulders to sink any ships attempting to pass between them.
Fortunately for the Argonauts, they learn this second hand. Another
ship tries to run the strait from the other direction and founders. In
despair, Jason throws Phineas' gift into the water; a giant merman
emerges from the water and holds back the rocks long enough to let the
Argo pass through. On the other side, they pick up three survivors of
the other ship, including Medea (Nancy Kovack), the high priestess of
the goddess Hecate. They sight Colchis the next day. Acastus and Jason
disagree on how to approach the King of Colchis. The argument escalates
into a sword fight. Eventually Acastus is disarmed and jumps into the
sea to escape. Believing him dead, Jason and his men accept an
invitation from King Aeëtes (Jack Gwillim) to a feast, but once they
are off-guard, they are captured and imprisoned. Acastus has betrayed
them, telling Aeëtes about their mission. However, Medea helps Jason
and his men escape. Acastus tries to steal the Fleece himself, but is
fatally wounded by its guardian, the many- headed Hydra. Jason succeeds
in killing the monster and taking the Fleece. But Aeëtes is not far
behind. He strews the teeth of the Hydra on the ground and says a
prayer to Hecate. The planted teeth sprout out of the ground as armed
skeletons who pursue and battle Jason and two of his men (in a famous
four minute stop motion sequence that took special effects wizard Ray
Harryhausen four and a half months to produce. Seeing that his
companions have been slain, Jason escapes by jumping off a cliff into
the sea. With the quest fulfilled, he, Medea and the surviving
Argonauts start the return voyage to Thessaly.
This Is The Classic Adventure Film! And My Favorite Film Of All Time,
Give It a Watch!.
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Jason and the Argonauts. Amazing..
One of the best movie ever made.
A Towering Achievement!
This movie probably had a lot to do with my lifelong fascination with
monsters and mythology. I saw it when I was only four years old but the
incredible images stayed with me for years until I saw the movie again
when I was 11 or 12. Since then, I never tire of the movie's sights,
sounds and ideas.
Of course, much credit should go to FX master Ray Harryhausen, but
there is more than special effects that makes this movie work. It is
altogether more adult than the Sinbad movies and is a thought-provoking
meditation on free will and the nature of destiny. Jason is the kind of
man the Gods fear the most, for he does not fear them or particularly
want their help. He accepts the aid of the goddess Hera, but this is
more because Hera is smitten with him than any other reason. When he
snarls "The Gods of Greece are cruel! In time, all men shall learn to
do without them!", it is a supreme act of defiance. And yet the Sea God
Triton then gives Jason his grudging aid, proving that men still depend
on the Gods.
Performances are underrated here. Todd Armstrong makes a fine Jason,
who relies on skill rather than muscle to accomplish his goals. The
very fine actor Niall McGinnis is excellent as Zeus, King of the Gods.
His version of the character is far superior to the one portrayed by
Olivier in "Clash of the Titans". Nigel Green is outstanding as
Hercules...arrogant, charismatic and ultimately tragic. Instead of a
souped up muscle-man, Green's Hercules is a burly, believable veteran.
As for Nancy Kovack as Medea, her performance is mediocre, but she is
gorgeous as the mysterious High Priestess of Hecate.
Another great asset of the film is the heroic score by Bernard
Herrmann, who did much of his best work for the Schneer/Harryhausen
fantasy films. The beautiful Aegean scenery also helps the
At the end of the day, though, it's always the monsters that fans talk
about. What an incredible collection of creatures they are! I still
remember the thrill of fear I felt as a four year old when the mighty
head of Talos the Bronze Giant turned to look at Hylas and Hercules.
The Harpies and their torment of blind Phineas also left a strong
impression. The Hydra, despite looking very cool, was something of a
disappointment...it would have been better if he had put up more of a
fight. But nobody could complain about the Children of the Hydra's
Teeth...bony skeleton warriors filled with blood-lust! This was
Harryhausen's crowning moment.
The abrupt ending of the movie disappoints,too. I think everybody
wanted to see Jason reclaim his kingdom from Pelias. But you can't have
everything and "Jason and the Argonauts" more than earns its keep as my
favorite fantasy film of all time..