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

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

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

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Movie Info

In this hilarious slapstick comedy, Pseudolus is a cunning Roman slave who'll do anything to win his freedom. The plot is way too complex to fully detail here, though we can note that it hinges on the fact that three suburban Roman houses are next door to one another.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Art House & International, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Melvin Frank, Michael Pertwee
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 15, 2001
Runtime:
Quandrangle

Cast

Zero Mostel
as Pseudolus
Buster Keaton
as Erronius
Jack Gilford
as Hysterium
Inga Neilsen
as Gymnasia
Myrna White
as Vibrata
Pamela Brown
as Priestess
Beatrix Lehmann
as Domina's Mother
Alfie Bass
as Gatekeeper
Roy Kinnear
as Instructor
Susan Baker
as Geminae
Helen Funai
as Tintinabula
Janet Webb
as Fertilla
Bill Kerr
as Gladiator-in-Trainin...
Jack May
as Shopkeeper
Frank Thornton
as Roman Sentry #1
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Critic Reviews for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 20, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a classic in its own right. The songs are fun and the story is unpredictable (even if it does occasionally meander for too long).

Full Review… | October 9, 2014
PopMatters

Humorous to an extent, but lacking the bang you might expect from a big screen musical.

Full Review… | June 22, 2010
Cinema Sight

Audience Reviews for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

This movie is really very funny, much more so than I expected. The cast is great, but I really felt that Keaton needed a bigger role in the story. Anyway, the story is very interesting in a classical way, it's like something Shakespeare could have written. I liked this movie.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

just-for-the-hell-of-it comedy with zero mostel mugging unmercilessly through the midsummer nights dream circumstances of a hapless slave seeking his freedom w/chicanery aforethought. the roman locale is only one superficiality of the story. yeah, it got laughs out of me. i didn't wanna, but they took 'em from me! it was a riot.

ApeneckFletcher
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A kind of american version of Up Pompeii, this roman comedy based on a musical is actually pretty funny. But with a cast including the likes of Zero Mostel and Phil Silvers, you can't really go wrong...

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Quotes

Philia: How many geese are there in a gaggle?
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Hysterium: Why do all the men find me so attractive?
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)
Philia: I'm a virgin. Is that good?
– Submitted by Frances H (3 years ago)

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