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

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

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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 Pamela Brown ... High Priestess
Patricia Jessel ... Domina
Beatrix Lehmann ... Domina's Mother
Frank Thornton ... Roman Sentry
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Something for Everyone!

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Toll trieben es die alten Römer See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Melvin Frank Production See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Marcus Lycus, while disguised as a woman, reaches for a coin. In doing so, he takes the veil off his face. When he hands the coin to a guard, the veil is instantly covering his face again, even though he is not shown moving the veil. See more »

Quotes

Miles Gloriosus: [shouting] Stand aside everyone!
[pause]
Miles Gloriosus: I take large steps.
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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 »


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Lovely
(reprise)
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Zero Mostel and Jack Gilford
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A manic classic.
17 June 2001 | by johnny-143See 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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