6.9/10
8,003
75 user 30 critic

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 16 October 1966 (USA)
Trailer
1:18 | Trailer
A wily slave must unite a virgin courtesan and his young smitten master to earn his freedom.

Director:

Richard Lester

Writers:

Melvin Frank (screenplay), Michael Pertwee (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
3,505 ( 745)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Cool, sophisticated Tolen (Ray Brooks) has a monopoly on womanizing - with a long like of conquests to prove it - while the naïve, awkward Colin (Michael Crawford) desperately wants a piece... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Rita Tushingham, Ray Brooks, Michael Crawford
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

In May 1943, two American soldiers, Joe and Frank, of Italian descent are searching the North African desert for a German general called Von Kassler, when they are captured by Von Kassler ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Scattini
Stars: Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, Buster Keaton
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An amnesiac (James Garner) wanders the streets of Manhattan, trying to solve the mystery of who he is.

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: James Garner, Jean Simmons, Suzanne Pleshette
The Front (1976)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In 1953, a cashier poses as a writer for blacklisted talents to submit their work through, but the injustice around him pushes him to take a stand.

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Woody Allen, Zero Mostel, Herschel Bernardi
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An inept British World War II commander leads his troops through a series of misadventures in North Africa and Europe.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Michael Crawford, John Lennon, Roy Kinnear
Petulia (1968)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An unhappily married socialite finds solace in the company of a recently divorced doctor.

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Julie Christie, George C. Scott, Richard Chamberlain
The Scribe (1966)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Amateur journalist Buster covers a story about construction site safety regulations and gets first-hand experience in the process.

Director: John Sebert
Stars: Buster Keaton, Jack Creley, Cec Linder
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Set in post-nuclear-holocaust England, where a handful of bizarre characters struggle on with their lives in the ruins, amongst endless heaps of ash, piles of broken crockery and brick, ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lester
Stars: Rita Tushingham, Ralph Richardson, Peter Cook
Seven Chances (1925)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A man learns he will inherit a fortune if he marries by 7 p.m. that same day.

Director: Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Ruth Dwyer, T. Roy Barnes
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A cowardly actor and a runaway princess are voyaging on a ship that is captured by a notorious pirate who recently buried his treasure on a secretly mapped island.

Directors: David Butler, Sidney Lanfield
Stars: Bob Hope, Virginia Mayo, Walter Brennan
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Shortly after the end of World War II, British Colonel Michael S. "Hooky" Nicobar (Walter Pidgeon) is assigned to a unit in the British Zone of Vienna. His duty is to aid the Soviet ... See full summary »

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Ethel Barrymore, Peter Lawford
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

After literally walking to Canada from England, Buster takes a cross-country trip across Canada on a railway motorcar (speeder).

Directors: Gerald Potterton, Buster Keaton, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Buster Keaton
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zero Mostel ... Pseudolus
Phil Silvers ... Marcus Lycus
Buster Keaton ... Erronius
Michael Crawford ... Hero
Jack Gilford ... Hysterium
Annette Andre ... Philia
Michael Hordern ... Senex
Leon Greene ... Captain Miles Gloriosus
Roy Kinnear ... Gladiator Instructor
Alfie Bass ... Gatekeeper
John Bluthal ... Roman Chief Guard
Pamela Brown ... High Priestess
Patricia Jessel ... Domina
Beatrix Lehmann ... Domina's Mother
Frank Thornton ... Roman Sentry
Edit

Storyline

Pseudolus (Zero Mostel) is the laziest slave in Rome, and has 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 Marcus Lycus (Phil Silvers), 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 (Michael Crawford). Of course, it can't be that simple as everything begins to go wrong. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Something for Everyone!

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

During filming, Phil Silvers locked himself in his trailer and refused to come out. Director Richard Lester asked Jon Pertwee to step into the role of Marcus 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 »

Goofs

By the time of the story the Romans did not practice human sacrifice. Even if they did Vestal Virgins would not be the ones to perform it. Rather it would be the Pontifex Maximus (High Priest) See more »

Quotes

Pseudolus: [seeing his master, who has been seized and kissed by Philia] Sir! You're back!
Senex: She almost broke it!
See more »

Crazy Credits

The closing credits are a sequence of animated Roman frescoes. At the end of the credits, all the frescoes appear together as a gallery with the words "THE END" as a centerpiece. See more »


Soundtracks

Everybody Ought to Have a Maid
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Zero Mostel, Michael Hordern, Jack Gilford and Phil Silvers
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

"...something for everyone, a comedy tonight..."
9 June 2001 | by ajdagreatSee 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."


17 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 75 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed