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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »



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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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Release Date:

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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Did You Know?


Jon Pertwee (Crassus) was the younger brother of the screenwriter Michael Pertwee. See more »


When Gymnasia is introduced, a South American llama can be seen. See more »


Lycus: She was sold just this morning.
Hero: Sold! Then receive, oh bosom, thy fatal blade!
[tries to stab himself and misses]
Pseudolus: [takes the blade] Behave yourself!
Lycus: [resuming] He'll pick her up within the hour.
Hero: Then receive, oh bosom, thy fatal blade!
[takes another knife out, tries to stab himself, and misses yet again]
Pseudolus: Put your bosom away!
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Crazy Credits

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


Featured in The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (1997) See more »


Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Zero Mostel and Jack Gilford
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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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