PLOT (spoiler alert!!!):
Pelias (Douglas Wilmer), under the protection of the god Zeus (Niall MacGinnis), usurps the throne of Thessaly by storming the palace of King Aristo and killing him; but learns a prophecy that he will be overthrown by a child of Aristo wearing one sandal. In an attempt to thwart the prophecy, Pelias kills one of Aristo’s daughters, Briseis (Davinia Taylor), which angers the goddess Hera (Honor Blackman) because the murder profaned her temple. Before Briseis is killed, she places the infant son of Aristo into the arms of the statue of Hera. Zeus, angered by Pelias’ attempt to confound his designs, determines that Pelias shall fall and the infant son of Aristo shall be his instrument.
Twenty years later (“but an instant of time on Olympus”), Jason (Todd Armstrong), Aristo’s son grown to manhood, saves Pelias from drowning during a chance encounter, but loses a sandal into the depths of the river…
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