Jason and the Argonauts

Synopsis: Jason has been prophesied to take the throne of Thessaly. When he saves Pelias from drowning, but does not recognize him as the man who had earlier killed his father, Pelias tells Jason to travel to Colchis to find the Golden Fleece. Jason follows his advice and assembles a sailing crew of the finest men in Greece, including Hercules. They are under the protection of Hera, queen of the gods. Their voyage is replete with battles against harpies, a giant bronze Talos, a hydra, and an animated skeleton army, all brought to life by the special effects wizardry of Ray Harryhausen.
Director(s): Don Chaffey
Production: Columbia Pictures
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104 min


Zeus, king of the gods

of the Greeks...

...write in the ashes

so that I may read the future.

I see...

...a great tree

at the end of the world.

And in its branches there hang

the skull and the skin of a ram.

They gleam and shine...

...for it is a prize of the gods,

a Golden Fleece.

We've no time for riddles

and mysteries. Tell me of tonight.

Pelias, you will conquer tonight.

You will overthrow

the kingdom of Thessaly.

You will kill the king, Aristo,

and wear his crown.

You will do all these things

without fear or wound...

...because Zeus commands it.

If I'm protected by Zeus,

I will have no need of this.

I will lay it on the fire

as a thank offering to the gods.


...it is also foretold that although

you will win the throne of Aristo...

...you will, when Zeus ordains,

lose it...

...to one of Aristo's children.

- Then Aristo will have no children.

- He has three, Pelias.

Two daughters,

Philomela and Briseis...

...and a son, Jason.

Then two daughters and a son

will die with their father tonight.

Hera, queen of gods, protect

this child, my sister Philomela.

And if I, Briseis, am worthy...

...take me into your protection.

Are you Briseis,

the daughter of Aristo?

Be silent. She is praying.

For her sister

and for her murdered father, Aristo.

Are you a priestess?

I serve the gods.

Then tell me, has Briseis

called upon the goddess Hera?

She has.

And has the goddess

heard her prayer?


Then pray for me.

It is the will of Zeus.

It is not the will of Zeus.

It is your will.

Zeus has given you a kingdom.

The rest will be your own doing.

The gods abandon you, Pelias.

A one-sandaled man shall come...

...and no god shall protect you

from him.

A one-sandaled man?

The child who has escaped you:


Then why was I not told

the whole prophecy?

Why did Zeus drive me

to kill this girl...

...when the only one I needed to kill

was Jason?

Zeus cannot drive men

to do what you have done.

Men drive themselves

to do such things...

...that the gods may know them...

...and that men

may understand themselves.

The killing of Jason

would do you no good.

Kill Jason and you kill yourself.

Zeus, my godly husband,

did you, for some reason...

...order the profanation

of my temple in Thessaly?

That was entirely

the thought of Pelias.

Not content with winning the throne

of Thessaly, as I wished...

...he tried to avoid losing it

as I have commanded.

I know that you've

been insulted, my dear.

But be content.

The boy, Jason, has escaped.

- He will avenge you.

- How?

You must know by now I never arrange

exact and precise details--

And because you are neither exact

nor precise, a young girl was killed...

...and my temple was profaned.

- I want to help Jason.

- No.

You may help the infant, Philomela,

if you wish. She's a girl.

The rest is man's work.

No. I want to help Jason.

As you wish.

How many times did Aristo's daughter

Briseis call upon you?

- By name?

- Five.

Well, then you can help

her brother five times.

Five times only you can help him

to overthrow Pelias.

And that is my final word.

It will be 20 years

before Jason becomes a man.

Oh, an instant of time

here on Mount Olympus...

...but a long 20 years

for King Pelias.

He cautiously travels

the roads of Thessaly.

Yes, Pelias, you have had years

of watching and waiting...

...for the man

who must come to kill you.

The man with one sandal.

I owe you my life.

That was as good a way

to ford a river as any.

But I seem to have lost a sandal

in doing it.

Where are you traveling?

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