A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)
Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 3
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Release Date: Jan 1, 1966 Wide
Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 9,553
Director Richard Lester uses the Burt Shevelove/Larry Gelbart/Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical hit as a launching pad for some of his wildest slapstick gaggery. Zero Mostel repeats his stage role as Pseudolus, the cunning Roman slave who'll do anything to win his freedom. The plot hinges on three Roman houses next door to each another. One is the home of Pseudolus' masters: the philandering Senex (Michael Hordern), his domineering wife, Domina (Patricia Jessell), and their handsome but
Jan 1, 1966 Wide
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Humorous to an extent, but lacking the bang you might expect from a big screen musical.
The middling low-brow slapstick comedy overdoses on the brassy Zero Mostel hamming it up.
Hilarious, stagey version of hit Broadway musical comedy.
This is freakin' hilarious!
A great mixture of slapstick, farce and music. Zero Mostel is a treat as is the underappreciated Jack Gilford.
Perhaps the first modern film musical -- breaking with and even making sport of the theatrical artifice that had been bogging down the genre for nearly a decade.
A funny thing happened on the way to Hollywood: A good musical-comedy lost much of its fizz.
Audience Reviews for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
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- Philia: I'm a virgin. Is that good?
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