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

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




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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.

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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-Training
Jack May
as Shopkeeper
Frank Thornton
as Roman Sentry #1
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All Critics (18)

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).

October 9, 2014 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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

June 22, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

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

February 5, 2009 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

The funniest movie ever made

June 15, 2007 | Rating: 5/5

Hilarious, stagey version of hit Broadway musical comedy.

June 29, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

This is freakin' hilarious!

April 10, 2004 | Rating: 5/5

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


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.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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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.

Aj V
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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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