Jason and the Argonauts

Director: Don Chaffey
Year Released: 1963
Rating: 1.5

Based on the epic poem by Apollonius of Rhodes, goddess Hera (Honor Blackman), sister-wife of Zeus (Niall MacGinnis), is given five tries to aid Jason (Todd Armstrong) in obtaining the Golden Fleece (a magical item that can remove disease, heal individuals and so on), but he and his loyal Argonauts have to go through a variety of trials first.  For its time, the special effects by Ray Harryhausen were undoubtably regarded as groundbreaking - the harpies, the Hydra and the Skeleton Army are all pretty neat to look at - and provide a fitting distraction from the weaknesses everywhere else, like the atrocious acting, choppy pacing and general sense of corniness (not to mention the abrupt ending).  If "the gods of myth" really are up there meddling with human beings, can they stop giving me students with venomous parents?  Thanks in advance, it would be greatly appreciated, etc.