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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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Nero
Bill Fraser ...
Prosperus Maximus
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Ammonia
Lance Percival ...
Bilius
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Scrubba
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Nero's Champion / Gorgo
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Nero's M.C. / M.C.
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Procuria
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First Christian
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Jailer
Laraine Humphrys ...
Flavia
Royce Mills ...
Nausius
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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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

Nero was not the Emporer when Pompeii was destroyed by Vesuvius Titus was. 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

Followed by The Chastity Belt (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Up Pompeii
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Written by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley
Sung by Frankie Howerd (uncredited)
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Frankie Howerd at his cinematic best
27 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

Poor Frankie didn't have a lot of luck in the world of film - making a string of Norman Wisdom type of comedies in the 50's, two Carry Ons in the sixties, and then this, the first of a trilogy of "Up..." films. This is probably his best starring vehicle. Scripted by Dave Freeman, Sid Colin and Talbot Rothwell, this, at least fairs better than the average sitcom-to-film venture; for this doesn't rely on the string of half-hour stories lifted from the television show to support the 90 mins. The reason is simple, all the writers were already experienced with writing films. All that has been lifted from the show is the majority of double entendre groan-worthy gags which, thankfully, when performed by Howerd, still raise a titter. With fine support from Patrick Cargill, Michael Hordern, Bernard Bresslaw, Hugh Paddick, Julie Ege etc. this is bound to make you laugh... even if it's just a bit.


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