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Up Pompeii (1971)

R | | Comedy | 9 March 1971 (UK)
Roman slave Lurkio inadvertently becomes the possessor of a scroll naming the proposed assassins of the Emperor Nero. Administering to the participants of his master's orgy guests seems ... See full summary »

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Bill Fraser ...
Prosperus Maximus
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Lance Percival ...
Bilius
Adrienne Posta ...
Scrubba
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Nero's Champion / Gorgo
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Nero's M.C. / M.C.
Lally Bowers ...
Procuria
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First Christian
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Jailer
Laraine Humphrys ...
Flavia
Royce Mills ...
Hugh Paddick ...
Priest
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Roman slave Lurkio inadvertently becomes the possessor of a scroll naming the proposed assassins of the Emperor Nero. Administering to the participants of his master's orgy guests seems small compared to the trouble the scroll brings - but all are in for a nasty shock when Mount Vesuvius decides to erupt. Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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It's Ludicrus Maximus - When the Forum Loses Its Decorum! See more »

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Up Pompeii, i polis ton orgion  »

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Trivia

In the baths there is a bust of John Gielgud, presumably a nod to the Julius Caesar film in which JG starred. See more »

Goofs

Just before the scrolls are mixes up in the first shot the one at the back is rolling slightly in another shot it is the one in front which is moving. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lurcio: [during the opening credits when Frankie Howerd is displayed in small letters] Oh come on, bigger!
Lurcio: [the name gets bigger] Don't be ashamed of it!
Lurcio: [now bigger] Bigger!
[now even bigger]
Lurcio: Bigger!
Lurcio: [the name is now very large, and most of it has disappeared] Alright, don't go mad!
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Connections

Featured in Crumpet! A Very British Sex Symbol (2005) See more »

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Up Pompeii
(Main Theme)
Written by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley
Sung by Frankie Howerd (uncredited)
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Titer ye not
29 May 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Spin off from the 70's sitcom of the same name this film spins out the same gags over an hour and twenty minutes run time and gets away with it but only just. Frankie Howerd is again Lurcio the roman slave in ancient Pompeii getting involved in the evil machinations of the emperor Nero (Patrick Cargill) and the evil Brutus and his henchmen (Lance Percival).

If you liked the TV series you'll like this is the basic rule here, to a modern audience I doubt it would play well, Frankie Howerds routine is very much of it's time and place. But its very entertaining some of the gags are sign posted miles away but Frankie's personality, playing to the audience and comic timing are what make this entertaining.

The movie feels too much like a stretched out episode to be a classic like many TV shows spun off into movies in the 70's (On the Buses, Rising Damp, Porridge etc.) but its certainly worth a look for Up Pompei or Frankie Howerd fans.

Mostly funny, occasionally hilarious 7/10


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