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
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Director Richard Lester battled constantly with producer Melvin Frank during filming, later surmising that Frank had wanted to direct this movie. The script was constantly being re-written, with Denis Norden, cameraman Nicolas Roeg, and Richard Lester all making uncredited contributions. The creators of the original Broadway show were annoyed with the numerous changes made for this movie, and Richard Lester and Zero Mostel expressed dissatisfaction with the finished movie, although it was very popular. See more »
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 »
This movie really does have something for everyone. Beautiful singing for the girls, erotically dancing half-naked prostitutes for the guys, and a lot of laughs for both. The late Zero Mostel was fabulous in this movie. For great music, great laughs, and great-looking women, rent "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum."
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