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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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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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Comedy | Musical


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16 October 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Toll trieben es die alten Römer  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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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 played the part 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 tiny role of Crassus as compensation. See more »


The supposedly stone bier upon which Hysterium (disguised as Philia) is lying, jiggles when Miles Gloriosus leans on it. See more »


Miles Gloriosus: [about to leave his fiance's funeral] But first, a farewell kiss.
Pseudolus: Of course!
[kisses him]
Miles Gloriosus: Not you!
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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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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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