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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

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


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1966 Wide



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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

May 15, 2001

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

June 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

The middling low-brow slapstick comedy overdoses on the brassy Zero Mostel hamming it up.

February 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The funniest movie ever made

June 15, 2007

Hilarious, stagey version of hit Broadway musical comedy.

June 29, 2005

This is freakin' hilarious!

April 10, 2004
Blunt Review

The Empire strikes back in loutish, fun musical comedy.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

A great mixture of slapstick, farce and music. Zero Mostel is a treat as is the underappreciated Jack Gilford.

October 4, 2002
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

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.

August 21, 2002 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A funny thing happened on the way to Hollywood: A good musical-comedy lost much of its fizz.

January 1, 2000
Movie Metropolis

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.
December 9, 2010

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.
May 20, 2010

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...
June 9, 2007
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Lester's mark on this comedy and the psychedelia of the 60's are definitely present. There are a lot of changes from the stage version of the musical comedy including that most of the songs have been cut. I saw this several years ago and didn't really appreciate the sense of humor. I recently was the assistant director for a production of this show at a community theater and I thought the stage play partly by Larry Gelbart had more potential. It is supposed to be a vaudevillian comedy based on the ancient comedies of Plautus. I re-watched this movie after the show was up and running. I liked it just a bit more than before, but my increase in laughs was more based on having spent the time rehearsing the play. To recognize some of the original lines that were kept and differences between our version and this wacky picture was my main source of enjoyment.
September 12, 2011

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