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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

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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Referenced in The Lovers! (1973) See more »

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Up Pompeii
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Written by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley
Sung by Frankie Howerd (uncredited)
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Only the British make rubbish like this!
2 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

This film is rubbish! I know - I've seen it 23 times! Perhaps you need to be British even to understand it. Just reading the names of the characters makes me smile.

The film has its origin in a British TV Series and was certainly much better in 30 minute chunks but, at least when they made the film, they took the effort to come up with a plot, puerile though it is. The cast is pretty well unchanged from the TV Series too.

Frankie Howerd (Lurcio) based his whole theatrical career on dodgy double intendres and this film is full of them. His habit of making asides directly to the audience via the camera is hilarious. In fact, most of the comedy lies in those two attributes. The visual side of the film, the physical comedy, is more or less one long chase scene with breaks and is not really that funny.

There are some very funny scenes though. The orgy and its aftermath and the wrestling match stand out. The ending is very clever too.

Worth a watch and far better than the two sequels it spawned, 'Up The Chastity Belt' and 'Up The Front'.


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