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

99 mins | Musical comedy | 1966

Director:

Richard Lester

Producer:

Melvin Frank

Cinematographer:

Nicolas Roeg

Production Designer:

Tony Walton

Production Company:

Quadrangle Films
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Melvin Frank Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2nd unit dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
2nd unit photog
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Executive art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus dir & incidental mus
Mus cond
SOUND
Sd eng
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
DANCE
Choreog
Choreog
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum by Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart (New York, 8 May 1962).
SONGS
"Comedy Tonight," "Free," "Lovely," "Everybody Ought To Have a Maid" and "Bring Me My Bride," music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
1966
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 16 October 1966
Copyright Claimant:
Quadrangle Films
Copyright Date:
15 October 1966
Copyright Number:
LP37133
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
De Luxe
Duration(in mins):
99
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
21253
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In ancient Rome, Pseudolus, a lying, cheating, dishonorable slave, endlessly connives to obtain his freedom, despite the fact that his master, Senex, is tolerant of his sloppy and insubordinate conduct. When Pseudolus learns that young Hero, son of Senex, loves one of the slave girls from a house of ill repute operated by Lycus, he agrees, in exchange for his freedom, to help the somewhat stupid Hero win the maiden's love. But this girl, Philia, has already been sold to a roguish soldier, Miles Gloriosus. Pseudolus blackmails a timorous fellow slave, Hysterium, into assisting him by donning a wig and gown and impersonating the corpse of Philia, who Pseudolus claims has died of the plague. Philia, who is alive, is mistaken by Senex for his new servant, while she believes him to be her purchaser. Pseudolus, however, prevents the two from ever getting together, and when Philia's real suitor arrives, she despairs and decides to sacrifice herself at the temple. Confusion leads to pandemonium and eventually mayhem culminating in a wild chariot chase. When it is all over, Erronius, an old man who has spent years searching for his two children stolen by pirates, discovers that they are none other than Philia and Gloriosus. Hero wins Philia, and Pseudolus gains both his freedom and a buxom courtesan. Songs : "Comedy Tonight" (Pseudolus & Company), "Free" (Pseudolus), "Lovely" (Hero & Philia; reprise: Pseudolus & Hysterium), "Everybody Ought To Have a Maid" (Pseudolus, Lycus, Hysterium & Senex), and "Bring Me My Bride" (Miles ... +


In ancient Rome, Pseudolus, a lying, cheating, dishonorable slave, endlessly connives to obtain his freedom, despite the fact that his master, Senex, is tolerant of his sloppy and insubordinate conduct. When Pseudolus learns that young Hero, son of Senex, loves one of the slave girls from a house of ill repute operated by Lycus, he agrees, in exchange for his freedom, to help the somewhat stupid Hero win the maiden's love. But this girl, Philia, has already been sold to a roguish soldier, Miles Gloriosus. Pseudolus blackmails a timorous fellow slave, Hysterium, into assisting him by donning a wig and gown and impersonating the corpse of Philia, who Pseudolus claims has died of the plague. Philia, who is alive, is mistaken by Senex for his new servant, while she believes him to be her purchaser. Pseudolus, however, prevents the two from ever getting together, and when Philia's real suitor arrives, she despairs and decides to sacrifice herself at the temple. Confusion leads to pandemonium and eventually mayhem culminating in a wild chariot chase. When it is all over, Erronius, an old man who has spent years searching for his two children stolen by pirates, discovers that they are none other than Philia and Gloriosus. Hero wins Philia, and Pseudolus gains both his freedom and a buxom courtesan. Songs : "Comedy Tonight" (Pseudolus & Company), "Free" (Pseudolus), "Lovely" (Hero & Philia; reprise: Pseudolus & Hysterium), "Everybody Ought To Have a Maid" (Pseudolus, Lycus, Hysterium & Senex), and "Bring Me My Bride" (Miles Gloriosus). +

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