Up Pompeii (film)

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Up Pompeii
"Up Pompeii" (1971).jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Bob Kellett
Produced by Ned Sherrin
Written by Sid Colin
Starring Frankie Howerd
Michael Hordern
Music by Carl Davis
Cinematography Ian Wilson
Edited by Al Gell
London Associated Films
Distributed by MGM-EMI
Release date
Running time
90 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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.



The Robert Stigwood Organisation had money in the film.[1]


The film was the 10th most popular movie at the British box office in 1971.[2]


  1. ^ City comment: Thanks to the pound Swan, Hunter; Stigwood, Robert. The Guardian 2 Aug 1972: 16.
  2. ^ 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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