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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

Certificate:

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Trivia

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 »

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: I shall return in a nonce. At most, two nonces.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits are a sequence of animated Roman frescoes. At the end of the credits, all the frescoes appear together as a gallery with the words "THE END" as a centerpiece. See more »

Connections

Featured in Buster Keaton: A Hard Act to Follow (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Lovely
(reprise)
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Zero Mostel and Jack Gilford
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"...something for everyone, a comedy tonight..."
9 June 2001 | by ajdagreatSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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