A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum


Action / Comedy / Musical

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 83%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 79%
IMDb Rating 7 10 7289


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Ingrid Pitt as Courtesan
Buster Keaton as Erronius
Jon Pertwee as Crassus
Roy Kinnear as Gladiator Instructor
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1hr 39 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by TownRootGuy 10 / 10

Everybody ought to watch this show. Everybody ought to have it on Blu-ray.

For me, this is the King of Musicals. This is one of the movies I consider to be an 11. It's one of the movies that I always think might be my favorite while I'm watching it. The other is Billy Crystal's, 'Running Scared'.

This has great eye candy, an excellent cast, fantastic tunes AND comedy, comedy, comedy EVERY night.

Forum is highly quotable and a must see for lovers of musicals and/or comedies. After 4 decades of watching this it is still on my list of shows to see every year.

Reviewed by Jon Corelis 6 / 10

Moderately entertaining musical comedy

This is a film version of an early 1960s Sondheim Broadway musical with some members of the theatrical production. The story, concerning the machinations of a clever slave (Zero Mostel) manipulating his master, household, and neighbors in a plan to gain his freedom, is based on an ancient Latin comedy by Plautus. Phil Silvers as a procurer and Leon Greene as a bombastic Roman conqueror are standouts -- the latter's narcissistic introductory aria is, I think, a high point.

The film has gotten mixed reviews: some don't like that many songs from the musical were left out of the movie; others have considered Lester's slapstick comic style, while vigorous, to lack depth. But the film, while not a great classic, is undoubtedly entertaining, and fans of the Classics or of things Roman will have fun seeing how the Plautine background is used.

I found the Kino Lorber Blu-Ray DVD faintly disappointing: there's nothing wrong with it, but it seemed to lack the surprisingly vivid and deep images that a good Blu-Ray can bring you. Maybe they needed a better original print. I haven't seen a standard DVD version of this, though, so I don't have a basis for comparison.

Reviewed by Hitchcoc 5 / 10

Take the Music Out of the Musical!

Having worked on this stage musical and having seen it a few times, I have to express my disappointment in this show. To start with, you take one of the funniest guys in history, Zero Mostel, add Jack Gilford, and several other successful stars, and then you cut the heart out of the thing. Take away about half of the music. The songs in this play are hilarious. What happened to them? The plot mirrors Roman comedy. What happened to the plot? Somewhere someone in a position of authority decided that they would make it more of a straight comedy and less of a musical. What happens is most of the humor disappears. The pontificating characters, the charlatans, the courtesans, have wonderful songs, but they aren't here. I hope someone does a new version of this; perhaps a Great Performance. Or, I know! A live TV production.

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