A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 9, 2014
- Originally Released: 1966
- Label: KL Studios Classics
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
- Subtitles - French
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Zero Mostel, Phil Silvers, Jack Gilford & Buster Keaton|
|Performer:||Michael Crawford, Michael Hordern, Patricia Jessel & Myrna White|
|Directed by||Richard Lester|
|Edited by||John Victor Smith|
|Screenplay by||Michael Pertwee & Melvin Frank|
|Cinematography by||Nicolas Roeg|
|Produced by||Melvin Frank|
Academy Awards 1966 - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score: Ken Thorne
3 stars out of 5 -- [The film] boasts inspired casting....Phil Silvers glitters....Michael Hordern is disturbingly persuasive...
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. Full Review
Rating: 2/4 -- Humorous to an extent, but lacking the bang you might expect from a big screen musical. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- The Empire strikes back in loutish, fun musical comedy. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- The funniest movie ever made
Rating: 4.5/5 -- Perhaps the first modern film musical -- breaking with and even making sport of the theatrical artifice that had been bogging down the genre for nearly a decade. Full Review
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Rating: 6/10 -- A funny thing happened on the way to Hollywood: A good musical-comedy lost much of its fizz.
Based on the Broadway musical comedy, this farce set in Ancient Rome follows slave and scam-artist Pseudolus (Zero Mostel in a signature role) as he attempts to win his freedom by brokering the sale of a virgin. Stephen Sondheim's score adds to the appeal.
Slapstick | Racy | Farce | Recommended | Period Piece | Ancient World | Theatrical Release | Essential Cinema
- Features Buster Keaton in his second-to-last screen appearance.
- Filmed in DeLuxe color.
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- Sales Rank: 29,019
- UPC: 738329137724
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