Titer ye not
Spin off from the 70's sitcom of the same name this film spins out the
same gags over an hour and twenty minutes run time and gets away with
it but only just. Frankie Howerd is again Lurcio the roman slave in
ancient Pompeii getting involved in the evil machinations of the
emperor Nero (Patrick Cargill) and the evil Brutus and his henchmen
If you liked the TV series you'll like this is the basic rule here, to
a modern audience I doubt it would play well, Frankie Howerds routine
is very much of it's time and place. But its very entertaining some of
the gags are sign posted miles away but Frankie's personality, playing
to the audience and comic timing are what make this entertaining.
The movie feels too much like a stretched out episode to be a classic
like many TV shows spun off into movies in the 70's (On the Buses,
Rising Damp, Porridge etc.) but its certainly worth a look for Up
Pompei or Frankie Howerd fans.
Mostly funny, occasionally hilarious 7/10.
Only the British make rubbish like this!
This film is rubbish! I know - I've seen it 23 times! Perhaps you need to
British even to understand it. Just reading the names of the characters
makes me smile.
The film has its origin in a British TV Series and was certainly much
in 30 minute chunks but, at least when they made the film, they took the
effort to come up with a plot, puerile though it is. The cast is pretty
unchanged from the TV Series too.
Frankie Howerd (Lurcio) based his whole theatrical career on dodgy double
intendres and this film is full of them. His habit of making asides
to the audience via the camera is hilarious. In fact, most of the comedy
lies in those two attributes. The visual side of the film, the physical
comedy, is more or less one long chase scene with breaks and is not really
There are some very funny scenes though. The orgy and its aftermath and
wrestling match stand out. The ending is very clever too.
Worth a watch and far better than the two sequels it spawned, 'Up The
Chastity Belt' and 'Up The Front'.