Based on the Edward Bulwer-Lytton novel. Set in the shadows of Mt. Vesuvius just before its famous eruption, the film begins with Glaucus, a Roman legionnaire, returning to his home from ... See full summary »
This costume series portrays aspects of life in Pompeii, a coastal luxury resort near Naples catering for the very rich of imperial Rome, mainly before but culminating in the eruption of ... See full summary »
When British officer Harry resigns from his regiment, he is labeled a coward by his family and friends. Harry receives four white feathers as a mark of a coward. In order to redeem himself ... See full summary »
Anthology film about three owners of a yellow Rolls-Royce. A British diplomat buys the car for his French wife. A mobster's girlfriend has an affair in Italy. A US woman drives a Yugoslav partisan to Ljubljana on the eve of Nazi invasion.
Peaceloving blacksmith Marcus refuses lucrative offers to fight in the arena...until his wife dies for lack of medical care. His life as a gladiator coarsens him, and shady enterprises make him the richest man in Pompeii, while his son Flavius (who met Jesus on a brief visit to Judaea) is as gentle as Marcus once was. The final disaster of Marcus and Flavius's cross purposes is interrupted by the eruption of Vesuvius. Written by
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Despite all the spectacle, the movie was a box-office flop, and required several re-releases (on a double bill with King Kong (1933)) to earn back its cost. See more »
As Vesuvius erupts, a large gladiator statue topples in the arena. In the first view, a long shot, the statue cracks open across the chest, at the bottom of the rib cage. In the next view, from the perspective of a man about to be crushed, the torso is intact, and the crack is at the statue's neck. See more »
What do you keep behind these locks and bolts?
My fortune, excellency. It's a safe place.
Would the prefect like to inspect the barbarians - the Britons who are to fight tomorrow?
[to the prefect]
Captives from Agricola's campaign.
I wonder why we Romans trouble ourselves with that wretched island? After it's conquered, what good is it?
Don't you believe we can ever civilize the Britons?
Those people? They'll always be barbarians. What will they ever do?
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The foreword at the beginning of the film is a disclaimer stating that this film is not based on Bulwer-Lytton's novel at all. (It does not use the novel's plot, nor does it have any of the novel's characters.) However, the disclaimer goes on to say that the filmmakers are indebted to him for the description of the destruction of Pompeii. See more »
Positive review of the merits of Last Days of Pompeii
I first saw this movie years ago as a child and it had quite an impact on
me. I loved the acting. Preston Foster as the disillusioned blacksmith,
David Holt, as the sweetest little boy one could possibly imagine, and
Wood as the older Flavius, so idealistically touched by his experience at
the hands of Jesus. But I must reserve the greatest praise for Basil
Rathbone. His portrayal of Pontius Pilate, so fine, so sure, is
unparalleled. His nuances of effect and strength of personality are
superbly matched to this role. You can almost taste the turmoil roiling
within him as you watch the splendid emotional battle waged on his
wonderfully expressive face. Walt Disney once said, "First you begin with
story." It is true. The story here is classic. A man searching the
for the key he holds within his own heart. Preston Foster, so
in his flight from poverty, that he fails to see the significance of
around him, Flavius, as the boy grown to manhood touched by a higher
and Basil Rathbone as Pontius Pilate, probably the second most reviled
figure living at that time. Wonderful, wonderful historical novel, acted
brilliantly as only the actors of that time could do.
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