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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Actors: Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton, Michael Crawford, Jack Gilford
Director: Richard Lester
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2000     1hr 39min

Something appealing. Something appalling. Something for everyone a comedy tonight! "One ofthe hottest burlesque shows that ever hit Broadway" (Time) comes to the screen showcasing the enormous talents of Tony AwardÂ(r) wi...  more »


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Actors: Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Buster Keaton, Michael Crawford, Jack Gilford
Director: Richard Lester
Creators: Nicolas Roeg, Melvin Frank, Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart, Michael Pertwee, Titus Maccius Plautus
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Classic Comedies, Musicals
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 04/18/2000
Original Release Date: 10/16/1966
Theatrical Release Date: 10/16/1966
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 1hr 39min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 18
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Even Better Than I Remembered It To Be
suetonius | Phoenix | 04/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Great fun musical comedy loosely based on T. Maccius Plautus' 2nd century B.C. comedy "Miles Gloriosus" ("Braggart Warrior").
The widescreen format lets you see pratfalls and edge-of-scene antics that are missing in the pan and scan version. Zero Mostel was a comic genius; it's a pity that he didn't leave us more movies to enjoy. Michael Hordern is superb as Senex, as are Jack Gilford and Phil Silvers as Hysterium and Lycus. When I was a child I didn't enjoy the musical numbers, I remember fast- forwarding through to get back to the comedy. I now appreciate the songs as well; they are genuinely funny and full of double-entendres that you have to hear repeatedly to fully enjoy. The entire movie, despite its classical setting, has a swinging-sixties feel that you'll have to watch a Rat Pack film to match. You almost expect Frank Sinatra to walk into a scene, singing a song in between drags on his cigarette."
Excellent DVD - Hilarious Movie
NCMovie Fan | 08/16/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Not having seen the play, I am able to enjoy the film without comparison to other formats. It is hilarious, frantic and a perfect example of Richard Lester's early work.

The DVD transfer is crisp and colorful with very clear audio - way better than the version shown on TCM. Artifacting is barely existent. The transfer is anamorphic widescreen though the description provided by Amazon does not note this.

For a good, though bawdy, burlesque played broadly and strictly for laughs, you can't go wrong."
Something appealing,something appalling!!
ellafan | MI | 01/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you cherish the memories of Zero,Phil,Jack,and must get this very funny and very well-presented DVD.It's a great mixture of slapstick;burlesque;hamming it up for the camera;and silliness that makes you long for the days when these wonderful ,almost obscenely talented, and always hilarious men were making movies.It's a delight.Hopefully,if this is your first exposure to the likes of these fellas,you will be compelled to investigate more of their screen work.One of my friends who watched the movie with me when I received it commented that "they surely had a ball making this movie,didn't they?" That's what you'll have when you watch it! I really miss these guys.If you don't laugh out loud as Zero plays the "soothsayer," check your pulse!!"
A lot of funny things happen when you watch this dvd
Bruce Lampley | Reading PA | 09/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you're too young to have ever seen the original play or any of the successful Broadway revivals, you can't go wrong with the dvd of the movie version. Zero Mostel and Phil Silvers are hilarious. Buster Keaton looks old but hangs in there for a few laughs. The women are all gorgeous. Check out the names of some of the characters because they are mostly faux-Roman sexual jokes. Pretty clever for the time period in which it was made. The story gets confusing but you always know who you are rooting for and who you want to see get the virgin in the end.

Side note: keep a close eye on the extras. If you are keen you will spot Hammer Horror queen Ingrid Pitt as one of the Roman toga girls."