A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum


(out of 5)

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 () 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 () 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.

Melvin Frank Production

USA/United Kingdom, 1966

Directed by

Screenplay by , , based on the musical book by , , from the play by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by Tony Walton

Film Editing by

Academy Awards:  1966

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