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>United Artists, Melvin Frank Productions, Bronston Studios, Madrid
  • United Artists, Melvin Frank Productions.
    Made At: Bronston Studios, Madrid
  • Animated Characters: (Live Action): Pseudolus, Marcus Lycus, Erronius, Hero, Hysterium, Philia, Senex, Captain Miles Gloriosus, Gladiator Instructor, Gatekeeper, Roman Chief Guard, High Priestess, Domina, Domina's Mother, Roman Soldier, Panacea, Tintinabula, Gladiator-in-Training, Shopkeeper, Gymnasia, Crassus, Fertilla, Vibrata, Young Boy, Marcus Lycus's Eunuch, Courtesan, Geminae, Roman Sentries.
  • Awards: Academy Award, Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment, Ken Thorne, 1967.
    Nominee, Golden Globe, Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy, 1967
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  • Originally Released in 1966.
  • Running Time: 99 minutes.
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A. / United Kingdom  United Kingdom


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Production Notes:


Live-action film with end titles animated and designed by Richard Williams in imitation of Roman frescoes.

The ever-present flies in the end sequence are an in-reference to the actual flies that plagued the production. Fruits and vegetables were present throughout the sets on location in Spain, and were often left to rot in the sun at the end of the shooting day.

Budgeted at an estimated $2 million; film rentals in the U.S.A. were $3 million.

Soundtrack:
  • "Comedy Tonight," Written by Stephen Sondheim, Performed by Zero Mostel and Ensemble.
  • "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid," Written by Stephen Sondheim, Performed by Zero Mostel, Michael Hordern, Jack Gilford and Phil Silvers.
  • "Bring Me My Bride," Written by Stephen Sondheim, Performed by Leon Greene, Zero Mostel and the Ensemble.
  • "Lovely," Written by Stephen Sondheim, Performed by Annette Andre and Michael Crawford.
  • "Lovely" (Reprise)," Written by Stephen Sondheim, Performed by Zero Mostel and Jack Gilford.
  • "The Dirge," Written by Stephen Sondheim, Performed by Leon Greene and Ensemble.
  • "Comedy Tonight (Reprise)," Written by Stephen Sondheim, Performed by Zero Mostel, Michael Crawford, Annette Andre, Patricia Jessel, Michael Hordern, Leon Greene, Buster Keaton, Jack Gilford, Phil Silvers and the Ensemble.

    Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.


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