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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 16 October 1966 (USA)
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A wily slave must unite a virgin courtesan and his young smitten master to earn his freedom.

Director:

Richard Lester

Writers:

Melvin Frank (screenplay), Michael Pertwee (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zero Mostel ... Pseudolus
Phil Silvers ... Marcus Lycus
Buster Keaton ... Erronius
Michael Crawford ... Hero
Jack Gilford ... Hysterium
Annette Andre ... Philia
Michael Hordern ... Senex
Leon Greene ... Captain Miles Gloriosus
Roy Kinnear ... Gladiator Instructor
Alfie Bass ... Gatekeeper
John Bluthal ... Roman Chief Guard
Pamela Brown ... High Priestess
Patricia Jessel ... Domina
Beatrix Lehmann ... Domina's Mother
Frank Thornton ... Roman Sentry
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Storyline

Pseudolus (Zero Mostel) is the laziest slave in Rome, and has one wish, to purchase his freedom. When his master and mistress leave for the day, he finds out that the young master has fallen in love with a virgin in the house of Marcus Lycus (Phil Silvers), a slave dealer specializing in beautiful women. Pseudolus concocts a deal in which he will be freed if he can procure the girl for young Hero (Michael Crawford). Of course, it can't be that simple as everything begins to go wrong. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Something for Everyone!

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Even before it was released, Producer Mel Frank announced a sequel called "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Guillotine". It never want any further than development stage. See more »

Goofs

Miles Gloriosus sings that he's defeated Turks. The Turks would get nowhere near the Roman Empire as a military threat for another few centuries. See more »

Quotes

Pseudolus: [disguised as a soothsayer and chanting loud gibberish] I say! You are in need of a soothsayer.
Erronius: How did you know?
Pseudolus: I'd be a fine soothsayer if I didn't.
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Crazy Credits

One fresco depicts a Roman orgy, but one character raises the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) seal in protest. In the 1960s the MPAA developed a film rating system to judge whether a film's content was too offensive/adult for audiences. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

Comedy Tonight
(reprise)
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Zero Mostel, Michael Crawford, Annette Andre, Patricia Jessel, Michael Hordern, Leon Greene, Buster Keaton, Jack Gilford', Phil Silvers and the ensemble
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A Mess
11 May 2002 | by ftm68_99See all my reviews

Maybe I would have enjoyed this more if I had seen it before seeing a stage presentation. So much of the wit, fun, and, yes, innocence, not to mention many great songs, were eviscerated in the film production. Worthwhile only for Mostel, Gilford, Silvers and Jessel.


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