Carry On Columbus

Carry On Columbus

Gerald Thomas (1992)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Oh dear. With many of the original Carry On regulars (Sid James, Hattie Jacques, Charles Hawtrey, Kenneth Williams, Kenneth Connor) no longer with us or (sensibly) otherwise engaged, it was left to more contemporary comedians such as Alexei Sayle, Julian Clary, Rik Mayall and Tony Slattery to put the final nail in the Carry On coffin with a cacophony of puerile jokes and plenty of general atrociousness. This mainly fails because the Carry On films are part of British comedy nostalgia, and, like many other historic things (the three-day week, the Blitz), they are probably best remembered rather than re-created. Perhaps the other reason this flopped is because the supposedly serious Christopher Columbus: the Discovery, with Marlon Brando, Catherine Zeta Jones and Tom Selleck, released in the same year, was much funnier.


The seafaring explorer tries to reach the Indies, a voyage sabotaged by spies, a dodgy map and an incompetent crew. Comedy, starring Jim Dale, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer, Julian Clary, Tony Slattery, Alexei Sayle, Keith Allen, Sara Crowe, Richard Wilson, Bernard Cribbins and June Whitfield.

Cast & Crew

Christopher Columbus Jim Dale
Bart Peter Richardson
Achmed Alexei Sayle
Fatima Sara Crowe
Diego Julian Clary
Mordecai Mendoza Bernard Cribbins
Don Felipe Richard Wilson (3)
Pepi Keith Allen
Wazir Nigel Planer
Sultan Rik Mayall
Genghis Andrew Bailey
Wang Burt Kwouk
Baba Tony Slattery
Countess Esme Maureen Lipman
Maria Holly Aird
Duke of Costa Brava Jon Pertwee
King Ferdinand Leslie Phillips
Queen Isabella June Whitfield
Martin Martin Clunes
Director Gerald Thomas
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Available on: video and DVD