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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.

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 ... 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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Something for Everyone!

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

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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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

In Lycus' house after Captain Miles Gloriosus and his soldiers arrive, one of the soldiers gets up and chases a girl. On the way he passes a juggler who use apples for balls and the soldier tries to catch one of the apples in mid-air. He fails to catch it but acts as if he did until he exits the shot. In the following shot he holds the "uncaught" apple in his mouth. See more »

Quotes

Domina's Mother: Gone to see a nose-grinder, indeed. He's cavorting with those courtesans.
Domina: But Mother, what can I do?
Domina's Mother: Return to Rome immediately, before he can do what no doubt he's already done. Go!
[whips Dominia]
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Crazy Credits

One fresco depicts a Roman orgy, but one character raises the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) seal in protest. In the 1960s the MPAA developed a film rating system to judge whether a film's content was too offensive/adult for audiences. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Catalina Caper (1990) See more »

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Comedy Tonight
Written by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Zero Mostel and ensemble
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Oldie but goodie
8 November 2000 | by suzannaSee 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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