Up Pompeii (film)
|Directed by||Bob Kellett|
|Produced by||Ned Sherrin|
|Written by||Sid Colin|
|Editing by||Al Gell|
|Running time||90 minutes|
Up Pompeii is a 1971 British comedy film directed by Bob Kellett and starring Frankie Howerd and Michael Hordern. The film was shot at Elstree Film Studios, Borehamwood, England. The film is based on characters that first appeared in the British television sitcom Up Pompeii! (1969–1975), also starring Frankie Howerd.
Lurcio (Frankie Howerd) becomes the inadvertent possessor of a scroll bearing all the names of the proposed assassins of Nero (Patrick Cargill). The conspirators need to recover the scroll fast, but it has fallen into the hands of Lurcio's master, Ludicrus Sextus (Michael Hordern) who mistakenly reads the contents of the scroll to the Senate. Farcical attempts are made to retrieve the scroll before Pompeii is eventually consumed by the erupting Vesuvius.
- Frankie Howerd as Lurcio
- Michael Hordern as Ludicrus Sextus
- Barbara Murray as Ammonia
- Patrick Cargill as Nero
- Lance Percival as Bilius
- Julie Ege as Voluptua
- Bill Fraser as Prosperus Maximus
- Rita Webb as Cassandra
- Bernard Bresslaw as Gorgo (Nero's Champion)
- Adrienne Posta as Scrubba
- Russell Hunter as Jailor
- Madeline Smith as Erotica
- Royce Mills as Nausius
- Ian Trigger as Odius
- Aubrey Woods as Villanus
- Hugh Paddick as Priest
- Candace Glendenning as Stone Girl
The film was the 10th most popular movie at the British box office in 1971.
- Peter Waymark. "Richard Burton top draw in British cinemas." Times [London, England] 30 Dec. 1971: 2. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 11 July 2012.
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