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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leon Greene ...
Gladiator Instructor
Alfie Bass ...
Roman Chief Guard
Pamela Brown ...
High Priestess
Patricia Jessel ...
Beatrix Lehmann ...
Domina's Mother
Roman Sentry


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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The ever-present flies in the end sequence are an in-reference to the actual flies that plagued the production. Fruit and vegetables were present throughout the sets on location in Spain, and were often left to rot in the sun at the end of the shooting day. See more »


In Lycus' house after Captain Miles Gloriosus and his soldiers arrive, one of the soldiers gets up and chases a girl. On the way he passes a juggler who use apples for balls and the soldier tries to catch one of the apples in mid-air. He fails to catch it but acts as if he did until he exits the shot. In the following shot he holds the "uncaught" apple in his mouth. See more »


Pseudolus: Don't you think it's time we started trusting each other?
Hysterium: One of us isn't ready yet.
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Crazy Credits

The end credits are animated in the style of Roman frescoes. See more »


Bring Me My Bride
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Leon Greene, Zero Mostel and the ensemble
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A manic classic.
17 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

Zero Mostel. Need I say more? Reason enough to rent this movie, despite the hideous 'pan and scan' that makes viewing it a chore. Based on a Broadway musical, it's clever and fast and sexist in that kind of 1960's way. Buxom ladies, lascivious men with comb overs abound. It's fun if you're in the right mood, and Zero Mostel makes it all go down smoothly. I think this (and the Producers) was his best role, and it also has many recognizable supporting players that make you laugh simply by showing their faces.

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