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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
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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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Something for Everyone!

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Comedy | Musical

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Toll trieben es die alten Römer  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

It was always considered essential to the film that Zero Mostel should repeat his Broadway success in the leading role, but the actor demanded director approval before he would agree to take part. He submitted a shortlist of five names, any of whom he would accept as director - Orson Welles, Charles Chaplin, Jean Renoir, Richard Lester and Seth Holt. Dick Lester got the job. 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

Pseudolus: [Speaking of the girl Hero says he loves] A common courtesan in the house of Lycus?
Hero: Is that disgraceful?
Pseudolus: There's no way to make it sound like an achievement!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Monkees: Case of the Missing Monkee (1967) See more »

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The Dirge
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Leon Greene and ensemble
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"...something for everyone, a comedy tonight..."
9 June 2001 | by (USA) – See 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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