GenreComedy Produced byNed Sherrin CountryUnited Kingdom
Release date1971 WriterSid Colin (screenplay), Talbot Rothwell (idea) CastFrankie Howerd (Lurcio), Michael Hordern (Ludicrus Sextus), Barbara Murray (Ammonia), Patrick Cargill (Nero), Lance Percival (Bilius), Julie Ege (Voluptua) Similar moviesFrankie Howerd appears in Up Pompeii and Up the Chastity Belt
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Up Pompeii is a 1971 British sex comedy film directed by Bob Kellett and starring Frankie Howerd and Michael Hordern. The film was shot at Elstree Film Studios, Borehamwood, England and is based on characters that first appeared in the British television sitcom Up Pompeii! (1969–1975).
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
Bill Fraser as Prosperus Maximus
Julie Ege as Voluptua
Adrienne Posta as Scrubba
Bernard Bresslaw as Gorgo (Nero's Champion)
Madeline Smith as Erotica
Roy Hudd as Nero's M.C.
Hugh Paddick as Priest
Royce Mills as Nausius
Rita Webb as Cassandra
Lally Bowers as Procuria
Aubrey Woods as Villanus
Billy Walker as Prodigious
Russell Hunter as Jailor
Laraine Humphrys as Flavia
Kenneth Cranham as 1st Christian
George Woodbridge as Fat Bather
Derek Griffiths as Steam Slave
Robert Tayman as Noxius
Carol Hawkins as Nero's Girl
Candace Glendenning as Stone Girl
The film was the 10th most popular movie at the British box office in 1971.