A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

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Comedy/Musical, UK/USA, 1966, 99 min.

Tagline Something for Everyone!

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.

Directed by Richard Lester  

Starring Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton, Michael Crawford, Jack Gilford, more...

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1966, Oscar, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Ken Thorne

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