A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the ForumDirector: Richard Lester
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 empty-headed son, Hero (Michael Crawford). The second house is a brothel belonging to unctuous procurer Lycus (Phil Silvers). The third house has long been empty, in that its owner, the senile Erronius (Buster Keaton), has gone on a long journey to find his children, who were kidnapped in infancy by pirates. Other principals include Pseudolus' fellow slave, the aptly named Hysterium (Jack Gilford); vain warrior Miles Gloriosus (Leon Greene), who marches triumphantly into Rome declaring "I am a parade!"; and the virginal Philia (Annette Andre), a resident of Lycus' "domicile" who is loved by Hero but who has been promised in marriage to Miles Gloriosus. There are also acrobats, transvestites, a phony funeral, and an outsized climactic chase.
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|Leon Greene||Miles Gloriosus|
|Beatrix Lehmann||Domina's Mother|
|Frank Thornton||Roman soldier|
|Syd Cain||Art Director|
|Leslie Hammond||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Gerry Humphreys||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Cliff John Richardson||Special Effects|
|José Lopez Rodero||Asst. Director|
|Jose Maria Sanchez||Makeup|
|John Victor Smith||Editor|
|Stephen Sondheim||Score Composer|
|Tony Walton||Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer|
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Great cast, fun nonsense. Highly recommend this.
THIS MOVIE IS A CLASSIC, IT KEEPS YOU LAUGHING THE WHOLE WAY THROUGH. THERE IS A NEW SURPRISE AT EVERY TURN. BE PREPARED FOR ANYTHING THIS MOVIE IS A MUST SEE FOR ANYONE WHO LIKES A GOOD COMEDY.
One of the funniest movies ever made with some of the bast actors, lines and scenes. They don't make them like this anymore. My whole family and I know the all the lines and every scene. It's a bit bawdy for the kids but very tame by today's standards.
This film is a dlightful mix of "Fellini Satyricon" and "The Three Stooges"
This movie is a charming story that leaves you laughing at every twist and turn of its intricate and quicikly building plot. Great for those who know a little about Roman culture, but perfectly understandable to those who don't. It actually follows a similar plot line to an ancient Roman play, with caracters such as the young (but stupid) master, beautiful young lady, and the tricky slave to get them together. Both slapstick and refined comedy.
This is an awesome piece of work! Will keep you laughing for a week!
I t was a great Comedy!