Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
USA/United Kingdom, 1966. Melvin Frank Production. Screenplay by Melvin Frank, Michael Pertwee, based on the musical book by Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart, from the play by Titus Maccius Plautus. Cinematography by Nicolas Roeg. Produced by Melvin Frank. Music by Stephen Sondheim, Ken Thorne. Production Design by Tony Walton. Costume Design by Tony Walton. Film Editing by John Victor-Smith.
Stephen Sondheim’s fun musical play reaches the big screen with energy and comedy galore. It takes place in ancient Rome, where a monumentally lazy slave (Zero Mostel) desires to find a way in which to purchase his freedom and live only for himself. He discovers that the young master of his household (Michael Crawford) is in love with a young lady from another house and wishes to marry her. Mostel agrees to help arrange the match so long as his freedom is granted in the bargain, which Crawford agrees to. What he doesn’t know is that getting the girl isn’t going to be as easy as he thinks! Delightful costumes and sets combine with Sondheim’s wonderful music and the spirited performances for a very entertaining musical treat.
Academy Award: Best Scoring of Music-Adaptation or Treatment
Golden Globe Award Nomination: Best Picture-Musical/Comedy