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Up Pompeii (1971)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  9 March 1971 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Howerd ...
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Barbara Murray ...
Patrick Cargill ...
Lance Percival ...
Bilius
Julie Ege ...
Voluptua
Bill Fraser ...
Prosperus Maximus
Rita Webb ...
Cassandra
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Nero's Champion / Gorgo
Adrienne Posta ...
Scrubba
Madeline Smith ...
Royce Mills ...
Ian Trigger ...
Odius
Aubrey Woods ...
Villanus
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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9 March 1971 (UK)  »

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Up Pompeii, i polis ton orgion  »

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Trivia

Julie Ege's speaking voice was dubbed by Sheila Steafel. See more »

Goofs

In the same 'News of The World' DVD, Actors Warwick Sims and Jonathan Dennis are credited in the main titles but omitted from the end titles. 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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Follows The Chastity Belt (1971) 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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Naughty Naughty!
5 July 2004 | by (Eastbourne, England) – See all my reviews

Frankie Howerd will be forever remembered as the creator of the knowing glance. He develops a relationship with the audience that lets us know that he thinks this stuff is bad too. Somehow that allows us to forgive the corny puns, lame jokes and sexist humour. "Just bear with me," he seems to be saying, "It'll all be over soon." Somehow it all worked, and Up Pompeii managed to rise above its seventies comedy contemporaries to become a classic.

The film perhaps lacks the freshness of the TV series due to the loss of the studio audience. Howerd was able to react to them in a way that made the whole show appear to be improvised. This was of course down to his genius, as everything was very well rehearsed. Despite this it's still a very enjoyable film. My only complaint is that Hammer starlet Madeline Smith is not in it more!


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