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Up Pompeii [DVD]

Frankie Howerd , Patrick Cargill , Bob Kellett    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Frankie Howerd, Patrick Cargill, Lance Percival, Michael Hordern, Barbara Murray
  • Directors: Bob Kellett
  • Producers: Ned Sherrin
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EMS070
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,195 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Feature length spin-off from the Frankie Howerd television series about a lazy slave living in ancient Pompeii. When a document falls into his hands listing the names of those plotting to assassinate Emperor Nero, he is forced to infiltrate the group. Hilarious mishaps result.


A funny thing happens to Frankie Howerd on the way to the rent-a-vestal-virgin market stall. A mysterious scroll falls into his hands, listing the names of all the conspirators plotting to murder Emperor Nero. And when the upstart slave is elected to infiltrate the ringleader's den, the comical ups-and-downs lead to total uproar.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Prime British Ham! 29 Nov 2003
In Up Pompeii, Frankie Howerd finds the list of conspirators against Nero, in Up The Chastity Belt he has to go to the Crusades to find his master. In both films, this is largely irrelevant, since the point is Frankie's rampant ad-libbing, innuendi and fourth-walling. The humour's dated a bit but to all who love the British comedy of the 60s and 70s, this set's a gem -- Frankie Howerd at the peak of his powers, given good supporting players and scripts that have room to breathe and a loose plot to hang the gags off. There's a couple of jokes we'd frown at now but overall this is good (un)clean fun all round and a must for Carry On fans who've used up that oeuvre.
Of course, a cameo from Eartha Kitt is always a treat...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hey There Orgy Girl! 7 May 2006
The late great Frankie Howerd pouts and leers his way in inimical style through this 90 minute bawdy romp set in the famous doomed Roman city - and then jumps forward in time a millennium or so and does pretty much the same. This big screen adaptation of the much loved TV series is noticeably naughtier than the small-screen version, with 15-rated nudity aplenty and double-entendres (and a few blatant single-entendres) in almost every scene.

Although only Frankie as Lurcio, the slave, and the innocent young master (with the not-so-innocent odes to his latest love) seem to have survived the transition to cinema, most of the other characters are played by familiar faces from British cinema and all the usual plot elements are still there. This is pretty well classic English farce, in similar vein to some of the historical Carry On films made around the same time. Some of the gags are pretty lame, whilst others may make us wince a bit in today's politically correct climate. I defy anyone not to laugh out loud at least a couple of times during the movie though.

Corny? Yes Hammy? Sure, but just go with the flow and enjoy. Maybe not a classic, but as a testimony to happier, more innocent days, Up Pompeii is definitely worthwhile.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
After the success of the hit BBC series it was not surprising when this movie version of "Up Pompeii" was made in the 70s & as you would expect Frankie Howerd takes the character of slave Lurcio from small screen to big screen with absolute ease!! The movie version contains all the same ingredients and characters from the TV series (Ludicrous Sextus, Ammonia, Nausius and Erotica) but interestingly and somewhat surprisingly all the main characters are played by different actors/actresses than those in the orginal series!!(not quite sure why??). Anyway the innuendos and sauciness come aplenty during this super bawdy romp which is both funny and delightful from start to finish!! The only thing that let the movie version down was that it wasn't of course filmed in front of a live audience which is where Frankie Howerd really shone during the BBC series, as his ad-libs with the audience during the weekly show just added that extra something!! That aside I would heartily recommend this DVD if you want something easy to watch and a good laugh too!! And if you don't want to watch it... then "Please Yourselves!!". Salute!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 70's british rudery at it's finest. 16 April 2000
Format:VHS Tape
In the same medium of Carry On films, the inuedo, the one liners, and brilliance of cheaply filmed British humour, this film ranks extremely highly. I watched this film on TV whilst a kid, bopped around to the title music, and then creased up to the fabulous one-liners..on top of which you have Michael Horden and some great breasts and Ned Sherrin's direction.Watch and giggle.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this bloody film! 11 Jun 2000
Format:VHS Tape
What are you lot playing at?...You must all watch this film, not only do you have the historical sequence of the eruption of Pompeii (albeit on the cheap side,) but you have the rudeness, the smut, the sniggers,...every schoolboy in the world HAS TO WATCH THIS!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Up Pompeii 10 Jun 2011
By C. Lane
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is what made my generation laugh - a mixture of mild naughtiness, good writing, visual fun. By today's standards it is, of course, totally non-PC and sexist and should not be viewed by anyone in academe or in public employment. Buy it before someone bans it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maddy Smith. So gorgeous. 24 July 2012
Maddy Smith....mmmmm. Five stars for the scene with Maddy Smith in the bath mmmmmmmmm. She is so beautiful. My all time favourite woman.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Antony May TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Frankie Howerd was a man with a totally unique style of comedy. His habit of 'suspending the script' and looking straight out of the screen at his audience to talk camply about his lumbago (or something) I find hilarious! Frankie's 'interactive style' worked especially well in films and here in 'Up Pompeii' and the equally as good 'Up The Chastity Belt' you get two prime examples of the genius at work. There are some great old british favourites in these films alongside the great man to, including a very funny scene with Roy Hudd in 'Chastity' where he plays the part of 'the man that can open any lock'. The chaotic scenes that follow when he cannot even open his own toolbox to get at his instruments (sounds painful HA HA HA) will have you keeling over in laughter. With the many ridiculous character names (like 'Scrubber' in Pompeii and 'Lurkalot' in Chastity) , and excellent supporting actors like Patrick Cargill and good old Derrick Griffiths (who certainly 'plays away' in Chastity! HA HA) you know from the first minutes how silly these films are going to be. But then that's the appeal in the first place of the atypical British 'seaside postcard' style humor isn't it?

One thing I will say though about this collection is that the picture quality is not that good (hence the 4 stars). It seems that either these were transferred to DVD from video or the original films are not in great condition. I wouldn't say that the picture is so bad that it spoils your enjoyment though, just maybe advertises that these films are from the early 1970's.

A great fun double bill and one you will want to watch over and over.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Looked like an old VHS tape
Awful quality picture. Looked like an old VHS tape. Sent for refund but lost in mail so had the additional hassle of making compensation claim from Post office
Published 2 months ago by harps
5.0 out of 5 stars OO-ER MISSUS!!
Frankie Howerd at his usual saucy comic best. Film version of the classic TV series. Very funny! I liked the bit where he is in jail and
the inmate in the next cell takes his... Read more
Published 6 months ago by TIV
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Having grown up watching this is was great to finally see this film again. Love Frankie Howerd what a brilliant comedian and actor.
Published 7 months ago by lloydfoxe
4.0 out of 5 stars Madeline Smith
Although I have seen Up Pompeii on Televison, I bought DVD because I like Frankie Howerd sense of humour. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. S. Stone
4.0 out of 5 stars Frolicsome fun
There can be no doubt of 2 things here. First off, this DVD has very much earnt its 15 rating. Egad - HOW many pairs of boobies? Secondly, Frankie Howerd was a gem. Read more
Published 17 months ago by The Great Elmyra
4.0 out of 5 stars Up in the rankings for Pompeii
Film version of the TV series. Another success from Frankie. Saucy innuendo and saucy outfits make this a good chuckle.
Published 18 months ago by mrs K
3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to the series
This is just a rehash of the original series I think. Not too bad but I was just a bit disappointed. The innuendo was a bit old hat & not as clever as the series. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tessa
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Frankie Howard
Classic smutty Frankie Howard fun – it’s a shame the TV series is £30+, bull will defiantly be buying that at some stage.
Published 19 months ago by chappers
3.0 out of 5 stars Rip off
Although the quality was ok I felt very foolish having paid for what was actually a freebie from a newspaper. Read more
Published 23 months ago by william
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia
A delightful example of Frankie Howard together with the comedy casts of comic actors, gone but not forgoten. Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2012 by Silenus
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