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Up Pompeii (1971)

Roman slave Lurcio 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 »

Director:

Bob Kellett

Writers:

Sid Colin (screenplay), Talbot Rothwell (idea)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Howerd ... Lurcio
Patrick Cargill ... Nero
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ... Prosperus Maximus
Michael Hordern ... Ludicrus Sextus
Barbara Murray ... Ammonia
Lance Percival Lance Percival ... Bilius
Adrienne Posta ... Scrubba
Bernard Bresslaw ... Nero's Champion / Gorgo
Roy Hudd ... Nero's M.C. / M.C.
Lally Bowers ... Procuria
Kenneth Cranham ... First Christian
Russell Hunter ... Jailer
Laraine Humphrys Laraine Humphrys ... Flavia
Royce Mills ... Nausius
Hugh Paddick Hugh Paddick ... Priest
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Roman slave Lurcio 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 »

Genres:

Comedy | History

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Bernard Bresslaw provided the voice for the unknown prisoner asking for meat and gravy. 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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Connections

Spun-off from Up Pompeii! (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

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 no-skylineSee 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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