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Jason and the Argonauts

Jason and the Argonauts

Director:Don Chaffey
Cast:Todd Armstrong, Gary Raymond, Nancy Kovack, Honor Blackman, Douglas Robinson, John Crawford, Nigel Green, Andrew Faulds
Release Date:2005
Genre:Action, Family, Fantasy, Classic, Adventure

At the Patterson at the Creative Alliance Jan. 19 at 8 p.m.

By Joe MacLeod | Posted 1/12/2005

Yeah, yeah, when you watch this special-effects fantasy/Greek mythology flick from 1963, you’re supposed to appreciate the pioneering efforts of legendary visual-effects specialist Ray Harryhausen (Mighty Joe Young, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, One Million Years B.C.), but what you really appreciate is how much better special effects are now, seriously. But look, get yourself a nice snack and just lean back and enjoy (or be patient during) the el-cheapo camerawork, bad continuity, painted ladies, lurid “Eastman Color by Pathe,” stagy Shakespeare-type players, and wait for those brief moments of otherworldy action with the stop-motion flying Harpies, monstrous bronze giant Talos, multiheaded Hydra, and of course the creepy skeleton army as they all try to separate Jason and his cohorts from their heads on a suicide mission to recover the Golden Fleece.

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