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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.

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Hero
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Leon Greene ...
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Gladiator Instructor
Alfie Bass ...
Gatekeeper
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Roman Chief Guard
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High Priestess
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Domina
Beatrix Lehmann ...
Domina's Mother
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Roman Sentry
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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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Toll trieben es die alten Römer  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The line "Was 1 a good year?" was originally intended for the stage play, but was omitted because it was thought too leading. Somehow, though, it found its way into the film. See more »

Goofs

When Lycus is displaying his goods, a sound man with recorder is seen in the background behind the African dancer. See more »

Quotes

Hysterium: [He's dressed in women's clothing] My father will turn over his grave if he saw me like this.
Pseudolus: Your father is alive.
Hysterium: Well... this will kill him.
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Crazy Credits

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 Mystery Science Theater 3000: Fugitive Alien (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Everybody Ought to Have a Maid
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Zero Mostel, Michael Hordern, Jack Gilford and Phil Silvers
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It's fast, it's funny, it's Lester
6 July 2001 | by (Haddonfield, NJ) – See all my reviews

Recently re-released on DVD, this film is a revelation for anyone who has only seen the pan-and-scan version. So many of the film's visual jokes are lost when you can't see the whole picture, and if there's one thing Richard Lester knows how to do, it's pack in visual jokes. Some people complain that Lester altered the original show too much, cutting songs and dialogue alike, but this is the only way people can see Zero Mostel's fantastic -- and frenetic -- performance, so count your blessings. Michael Hordern is also a hoot as the whipped Senex. Other members of Lester's stock company put in appearances, from Frank Thornton and John Bluthal to the always-welcome Roy Kinnear (as a matter-of-fact gladiator trainer). And Michael Crawford never had it better than when he was in front of Lester's camera.


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