MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 14,704 this week

Carry On... Up the Khyber (1968)

6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 2,896 users  
Reviews: 34 user | 7 critic

Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond looks after the British outpost near the Khybar pass. Protected by the kilted Third Foot and Mouth regiment, you would think they were safe. But the Khazi of Kalabar... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 30 titles
created 14 Jun 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 22 May 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 30 May 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 23 Aug 2013
 
a list of 31 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Carry On... Up the Khyber (1968)

Carry On... Up the Khyber (1968) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Carry On... Up the Khyber.

User Polls

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Carry on Jack (1963)
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

This is the tale of Albert Poop-Decker, a newly commissioned Midshipman (although he took 8 1/2 years to qualify). He joins the frigate Venus, and adventures through Spanish waters, mutinee... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Bernard Cribbins
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  

Christopher Columbus believes he can find an alternative route to the far East and persuades the King and Queen of Spain to finance his expedition. But the Sultan of Turkey, who makes a ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Jim Dale, Bernard Cribbins, Maureen Lipman
Carry on Dick (1974)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Dick Turpin is terrorising the countryside around Upper Dencher. Captain Fancey and Sergeant Jock Strapp plan to put an end to his escapades, and enlist the help of the Reverend Flasher. ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Barbara Windsor
Carry on Cleo (1964)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Two Britons are captured and enslaved by invading Romans and taken to Rome. Hengist Pod creates useless inventions, while Horsa is a brave and cunning fighter. One of their first encounters... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Kenneth Connor
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Sid and Bernie keep having their amorous intentions snubbed by their girlfriends Joan and Anthea. The boys suggest a camping holiday, secretly intending to take them to a nudist camp. Of ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Charles Hawtrey
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The Carry On team send up the Tarzan tradition in great style. Lady Evelyn Bagley mounts an expedition to find her long-lost baby. Bill Boosey is the fearless hunter and guide. Prof. Tinkle... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Frankie Howerd, Sidney James, Charles Hawtrey
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The popular Dr Kilmore is sacked after being discovered in a compromising position on the roof of the nurses' home. The patients are determined not to lose him, and so take on the might of ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Frankie Howerd, Sidney James, Charles Hawtrey
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Dr Nookey is disgraced and sent to a remote island hospital. He is given a secret slimming potion by a member of staff, Gladstone Screwer, and he flies back to England to fame and fortune. ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Charles Hawtrey
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The time of the French revolution, and Citizen Robespierre is beheading the French aristocracy. When word gets to England, two noblemen, Sir Rodney Ffing and Lord Darcy take it upon ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Jim Dale
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The sinister Dr Watt has an evil scheme going. He's kidnapping beautiful young women and turning them into mannequins to sell to local stores. Fortunately for Dr Watt, Detective-Sergeant ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Harry H. Corbett
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

This is the tale of industrial strife at WC Boggs' Lavatory factory. Vic Spanner is the union representative who calls a strike at the drop of a hat; eventually everyone has to get fed up ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Charles Hawtrey
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A group of holidaymakers head for the Spanish resort of Elsbels for a 4-day visit. When they get there, they find the Hotel still hasn't been finished being built, and the weather is awful.... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Kenneth Williams, Sidney James, Charles Hawtrey
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney James ...
Kenneth Williams ...
Charles Hawtrey ...
Roy Castle ...
Joan Sims ...
...
Peter Butterworth ...
Terry Scott ...
Angela Douglas ...
Cardew Robinson ...
...
Peter Gilmore ...
Leon Thau ...
...
Alexandra Dane ...
Edit

Storyline

Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond looks after the British outpost near the Khybar pass. Protected by the kilted Third Foot and Mouth regiment, you would think they were safe. But the Khazi of Kalabar has other ideas. He wants all the British dead! But his troops fear the "skirted-devils"; they are rumoured not to wear anything underneath. Then one is caught with his pants on... Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Enlist in the Carry On Army and see the world - of Laughter! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

12 December 1968 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alles unter Kontrolle - Keiner blickt durch  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Princess Margaret visited the set during filming, she was shown a clip which includes the scene in which Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond writes to Queen Victoria, in which Sir Sidney says "Dear Vicky". Princess Margaret was said to be furious about this joke. See more »

Goofs

After Captain Keene asks if he can "have a bash", a man in a turban approaches Sidney. Sid's lips are moving and say, "Do you wish," but there is no sound. Then in the next shot we hear him say, "Do you wish to see me?" See more »

Quotes

Major Shorthouse: [Evesdropping on an argument between the Ruff-Diamonds] Makes a change from tiffin!
See more »

Crazy Credits

OR The British Position In India See more »

Connections

Featured in Carry on Snogging (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Light Cavalry Overture
(uncredited)
Written by Franz von Suppé
Heard during polo match
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"I haven't ridden in cars pulled by cows before" "Bullocks, Mr.Belcher" "No, I haven't, honestly".
26 March 2000 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Subtitled "The British Position In India", I was recommended to see this film by my friend Rav, who reportedly "busts a gut" every time he see Kenneth Williams in blackface and turban. I was pleased to have seen it on recommendation as it made me feel less guilty about viewing a Carry On that is vested not only with the usual quota of bawdy sexism, but also a generous dollop of racial stereotyping.

Yet despite it all, Carry On Up The Khyber still manages to be a very funny film. I can't claim to have seen the entire series (this was the 16th of 30 movies), but what I have seen leads me to cite this as probably the best. Produced at a time when Britain still had a significant film industry, the picture is allowed to play out without any of the desperate mugging and over-emphasised pauses that punctuate the majority of contemporary English comedy movies (including, ironically, Carry On Columbus, the ill-advised 1992 "comeback").

Khyber is relaxed because it knew it had a ready-made audience, and the humour also works because it is self-aware. Desperately cheesy lines (such as Peter Butterworth saying "What pretty earrings... are they rubies?", only to be met with "No, they're mine") are delivered shamelessly, and with a timing that acknowledges how truly awful some of the one-liners are.

Occasionally there is a line that plays to a higher audience, such as Kenneth Williams yelling at a man banging a gong: "I do wish you wouldn't keep doing that... Rank stupidity". There's also some slight political references to the famous slogan "I'm Backing Britain" and mention of the British being used to cuts, though I'm afraid I'm far too young to know what these are directly referring to. Generally, though, the humour is a series of puns on the word "Khazi" and rejoinders such as Sid James and Williams: "I'd even go so far as to say you're a bit of a shot". "Well, I hope I heard you correctly".

Even so, the humour, particularly constant attempts to nearly-ape the "f" word, did cause problems with the censor. In particular Bunghit Din's (my favourite Carry On member, the underrated Bernard Bresslaw) hilarious line of "Fakir - off!" was ordered to be reshot with an additional pause between the two words.

The rapid-fire pace of the gags mean that infrequent clunkers (such as Joan Simms attempting the old "call me an elephant" - "okay, you're an elephant" line, ancient even by Carry On standards) are quickly forgotten in the wealth of material. Superbly directed as well, particularly the closing scenes where the British (who are lampooned as much - if not more so - than their opponents) keep a stiff upper lip during bombardment.

The whole plot is, of course, absolutely ludicrous, suggesting that the final days of the Raj came about when a British regiment was discovered wearing underpants. The whole thing is the sort of film that would never be made nowadays, which is in many ways a good thing, yet there is a certain knowingness behind the eyes of the actors that keep it from dating.


19 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Carry On Regulars Elimination Game sublime_boom_box
Favourite Lines christopher_sargeant
Peter Butterworth Wanderer11
Discuss Carry On... Up the Khyber (1968) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page