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

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A wily slave must unite a virgin courtesan and his young smitten master to earn his freedom.

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Gladiator Instructor
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Roman Chief Guard
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Domina
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Pseudolus is the laziest slave in Rome and has but 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 Lycus, 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. 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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16 October 1966 (USA)  »

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Aptallar sehri  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

During filming, actor Phil Silvers locked himself in his trailer and refused to come out. Director Richard Lester asked Jon Pertwee to step into the role of Lycus, as he already knew the part after performing it on stage. Once Silvers heard he had been replaced, he came out of his trailer, bursting with new enthusiasm for the project. Pertwee was given the (much) smaller role of Crassus as compensation. See more »

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In one song, Miles Gloriosus recounts his encounters with the Turks in war. The Turks would get nowhere near the Roman Empire as a military threat for centuries after the time depicted in the story. See more »

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Miles Gloriosus: [shouting] Stand aside everyone!
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The end credits depict a Roman orgy; however finally an animated character lifts up the MPAA seal which brings an immediate stop to the orgiastic revelry. See more »

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Referenced in Mondo Mod (1967) See more »

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The Dirge
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Leon Greene and ensemble
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Oldie but goodie
8 November 2000 | by (Ashland OR) – See all my reviews

I never saw this in the 60's though I was of an age to...just saw it the other night on television and only watched it for Buster Keaton, whom I have recently developed a great joy in seeing. I enjoyed the whole thing...silly, (sexest,yes, a movie of the 60's), funny stuff. My kids aged 10 and 12 really enjoyed it, too.


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