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Carry On Cleo (1964)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Comedy, History | 25 October 1965 (USA)
Two Britons are captured and enslaved by invading Romans and taken to Rome. Hengist Pod creates useless inventions, while Horsa is a brave and cunning fighter. One of their first encounters... See full summary »

Director:

Gerald Thomas

Writers:

Talbot Rothwell (original screenplay), William Shakespeare (original idea)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney James ... Mark Antony
Kenneth Williams ... Julius Caesar
Kenneth Connor ... Hengist Pod
Charles Hawtrey ... Seneca
Joan Sims ... Calpurnia
Jim Dale ... Horsa
Amanda Barrie ... Cleopatra
Victor Maddern ... Sergeant-Major
Julie Stevens ... Gloria
Sheila Hancock ... Senna Pod
Jon Pertwee ... Soothsayer
Francis De Wolff Francis De Wolff ... Agrippa
Michael Ward Michael Ward ... Archimedes
Brian Oulton ... Brutus
Tom Clegg Tom Clegg ... Sosages
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Two Britons are captured and enslaved by invading Romans and taken to Rome. Hengist Pod creates useless inventions, while Horsa is a brave and cunning fighter. One of their first encounters in Rome leaves Hengist being mistaken for a fighter, and gets drafted into the Royal Guard to protect Caesar. Cleo doesn't want him around and plots for his sudden demise... Written by Simon N. McIntosh-Smith <Simon.N.Smith@cs.cf.ac.uk>

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Details

Official Sites:

Carry On Line

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made and first released in November 1964 which was just under eighteen months after the 20th Century Fox epic Cleopatra (1963) which had debuted mid-1963. See more »

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There was no spaghetti in Caesar's Rome. Pasta was not invented until almost a thousand years later, and spaghetti post-dates that. See more »

Quotes

Hengist Pod: My name's Pod. Hengist Post, this is my wife Senna.
Horsa: Oh, that's a pretty...
Hengist Pod: Pretty what?
Horsa: Er... pretty name.
Senna Pod: It was, 'til I married somebody called "Pod".
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Referenced in Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa! (2006) See more »

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CARRY ON CLEO (Gerald Thomas, 1964) ***
25 January 2008 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This is surely one of the most popular "Carry Ons", a spoof on the notoriously expensive CLEOPATRA (1963) and was in fact shot on abandoned sets built in London for that film! The cast is in top form here – Sidney James is Marc Antony, Kenneth Williams Julius Caesar, Joan Sims is Calpurnia (Caesar's wife), Charles Hatwrey Seneca (philosopher and Sims' father); Kenneth Connor (as Hengist Pod, the inventor of a square wheel and who eventually does a stint as Caesar's 'invincible' bodyguard) and Jim Dale are featured as early Britons; Amanda Barrie – who had previously appeared in CARRY ON CABBY (1963) – makes for a delightful Cleopatra.

Though emerging to be somewhat patchy considering its reputation, there are some undeniably uproarious moments throughout – the Roman soldier throwing a shield at Dale during a scuffle and hitting Connor squarely in the face; the famous carpet-rolling scene introducing Cleopatra in the 1963 Hollywood epic being directly lampooned here by having the Egyptian queen roll under a table replenished with food and spilling its contents onto herself and the floor; untrue to history, Antony connives with Cleopatra to murder Caesar and become Emperor himself – she suggests using a poisonous asp and hands him one from a basket, which he mistakes for a local delicacy and promptly bites off its head! Talbot Rothwell's script also includes a running gag involving the famous "Friends, Romans, Countrymen" Shakespearean speech, as well as an in-joke wherein a couple of traders merge their business – to be known from then on as "Marcus & Spencius"!


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