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      A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

      Released Oct 16, 1966 1h 39m Musical Comedy List
      83% Tomatometer 23 Reviews 77% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings This screen adaptation of the stage musical of the same name finds the Roman slave Pseudolus (Zero Mostel) scheming his way to freedom by playing matchmaker for his master's son, Hero, who is smitten with the blonde and beautiful Philia. However, things don't go at all according to plan. The complications that ensue involve blackmail, funny disguises and long-lost children, while Pseudolus desperately tries to keep up with his end of the bargain. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Pauline Kael The New Republic Lester’s short-term camera magic keeps cutting into and away from the comedians (Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Jack Gilford, Michael Hordern), who never get a chance to develop a routine or to bring off a number. What are we being distracted from? Sep 19, 2023 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Flip, glib and sophisticated, yet rump-slappingly bawdy and fast-paced, Forum is a capricious look at the seamy underside of classical Rome through a 20th-century hipster's shades. Jun 19, 2019 Full Review Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: 4/5 Jan 30, 2003 Full Review Eddie Harrison film-authority.com ... of interest to connoisseurs of vintage comedy, and of course the fabolous animations of Richard Williams, who contributed credits sequences here... Rated: 3/5 Jan 23, 2024 Full Review Danielle Solzman Solzy at the Movies A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is still a funny classic over 55 years later. Jan 19, 2022 Full Review Eve Tushnet Patheos I have never seen a Plautus adaptation so this was great on that level, it really does feel like him in certain ways, while also feeling intensely and not too pleasantly of its time. Sondheim gives you clever lyrics throughout... Dec 20, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Nawt W The age-old statement that all humor is subjective must be exercised here. This comedy musical banks on way too much on fast talking, absurdist situations, and misunderstandings. And I know for a fact that this cup of tea isn't just making me sick. Regardless, the music is magnificent. Especially the opening and closing numbers. The sets and costumes also appear authentic, and overall this movie shows a great representation of Roman middle- to lower-class domestic lives, which is rare. The delightfully staged chariot race should also be applauded, even if it's filled with oddball slapstick bits that really meddle with the pacing of said chase. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 12/30/22 Full Review joel h While the humor in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum has definitely aged, the movie still has a certain charm. In fact, if you're in the right mood, you may find yourself laughing quite often at the madcap antics. I think I prefer the stage version of this story, but the film was enjoyable enough for a comedy tonight. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review dave s With the exception of a catchy tune or two and a couple of mild chuckles, there's not really much to see in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Set in ancient Rome, Pseudolis (Zero Mostel) tries to negotiate his way out of slavery by agreeing to help find a woman for his slaveowner's son Hero (Michael Crawford) in exchange for his freedom. The whole thing comes across as more theatrical than cinematic with a ton of over-acting, some of the blandest slapstick you'll ever see, and more cringe-worthy one-liners than you can imagine. Wasting the talents of Buster Keaton, Phil Silvers and Jack Gifford, it is a manic mess from start to finish, leaving the viewer more exhausted than entertained by the time it grinds its way to the finale. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review barbara h I have seen "Funny Thing/Forum" on stage many times, several in NYC, including the original stage production. I've always enjoyed it, especially the music but, then, I'm a big Sondheim fan. I was very disappointed in this film version. Two of my favorite songs -- "Free" and "Dirty Old Man" -- were cut. And there was just too much chasing and running around. It was meant to be bawdy, but I think the director got carried away. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Zero Mostel. Buster Keaton. Phil Silvers. For this it was worth signing up for Latin. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review AJ B A hilarious film that's fun to watch! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 07/11/21 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis This screen adaptation of the stage musical of the same name finds the Roman slave Pseudolus (Zero Mostel) scheming his way to freedom by playing matchmaker for his master's son, Hero, who is smitten with the blonde and beautiful Philia. However, things don't go at all according to plan. The complications that ensue involve blackmail, funny disguises and long-lost children, while Pseudolus desperately tries to keep up with his end of the bargain.
      Director
      Richard Lester
      Producer
      Melvin Frank
      Screenwriter
      Melvin Frank, Michael Pertwee
      Production Co
      United Artists
      Genre
      Musical, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 16, 1966, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 16, 2008
      Runtime
      1h 39m
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