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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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Storyline

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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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

Lurcio claims to Bilius that he didn't read the incriminating scroll because he never learned to read, but he has no problem reading the ode written by Nausius. There is no reason to believe he is lying to Bilius, because at no point does Lurcio ever appear to try to read the scroll. If he had read the scroll earlier, it would have changed the whole plot. 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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Referenced in The Lovers! (1973) 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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You may have to be British to like it....
3 December 2005 | by (London England) – See all my reviews

...as one reviewer said above "Only the British can make rubbish like this" - but what lovely rubbish. The film followed on from a very successful BBC TV series of the same name - still showing today.

It's full of "innuendo" (which American viewers may not follow) and cheeky - but like "Carry On" films that is where the charm lies. We like smutty films - where suggestion is best left to the imagination. The death knell of the later "Carry On" films was heard when they actually showed naked women on screen - it has all been good clean titillation up to then, missus! Frankie Howerd, as a veteran of stage, radio, film and TV, allowed these romps to be used as a vehicle - full of his catch-phrases, knowing nods to the audience and hidden meanings.

Guess if you don't like it - you may not be British!


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