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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 »


Bob Kellett


Sid Colin (screenplay), Talbot Rothwell (idea)




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


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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In the screenplay, the last scene featured Lurcio (Frankie Howerd) walking off into the cloud of ash created by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, accepting his imminent death. The epilogue featuring the museum curator also played by Howerd, was added by Director Bob Kellett, who thought that the scripted ending was too downbeat, and wanted to imply that Lurcio may have survived and even had children. See more »


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


[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 »


Up Pompeii
(Main Theme)
Written by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley
Sung by Frankie Howerd (uncredited)
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70's Britcom at its best (or worst)
4 February 2005 | by s-dewittSee all my reviews

Depending on whether you like 70's britcom, you will either love this or hate it. For me it epitomizes a simpler era - one where sexist humor was acceptable and not everything had to be so PC. The thing it is most like is a series from the same era - the name escapes me but it had a black and white couple living next to each other with the men making snide racist comments across the garden fence, but respecting each other underneath, while the wives sat in the kitchen bitching about men over a cup of tea.

Frankie Howerd is, well, Frankie Howerd. He brings the audience right into the film acting as both lead actor and narrator. It is full of his classic one line wit which has never been emulated by anyone (some may say this is good thing, but not me; Nay, Nay and thrice Nay!). The sets were clearly done on a budget, and if you like whiz-bang special effects then forget it. This was clearly a Frankie Production.

So (in the words of jib-jab) if you are a left wing weenie, forget this film, but if you are a stupid dumb ass (like me), take a look.

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11 March 1971 (UK) See more »

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