MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,864 this week

The Last Days of Pompeii (1959)
"Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei" (original title)

 -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  17 July 1960 (USA)
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 606 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 10 critic

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 »

Directors:

, (uncredited)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 106 titles
created 10 Jun 2011
 
a list of 3805 titles
created 08 Nov 2011
 
a list of 341 titles
created 28 Jan 2013
 
a list of 138 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 167 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Last Days of Pompeii (1959)

The Last Days of Pompeii (1959) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Last Days of Pompeii.
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Twin brothers revolt against tyranny in pre-Roman Italy and then come to a parting of the ways as they lead their people toward the founding of a new city.

Director: Sergio Corbucci
Stars: Steve Reeves, Gordon Scott, Virna Lisi
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

While on holiday in Rhodes, Athenian war hero Darios becomes involved in two different plots to overthrow the tyrannical king, one from Rhodian patriots and the other from sinister Phoenician agents.

Director: Sergio Leone
Stars: Rory Calhoun, Lea Massari, Georges Marchal
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In the doomed Roman city, a gentle blacksmith becomes a corrupt gladiator, while his son leans toward Christianity.

Directors: Ernest B. Schoedsack, Merian C. Cooper
Stars: Preston Foster, Basil Rathbone, Alan Hale
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Sex, torture and betrayal in Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot, leader of the Hebrews, believes his people can co-exist with the Sodomites, a disastrous decision.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Stars: Stewart Granger, Pier Angeli, Stanley Baker
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Zenobia, Queen of Palmira, revolts against Rome and defeats the Roman troops... But she makes a big mistake when she falls in love with enemy officer Marco Valerio.

Director: Guido Brignone
Stars: Anita Ekberg, Georges Marchal, Folco Lulli
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In the town of Pompeii, 79AD, a few weeks before the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius, a Roman lady Hélène meets and falls in love with a young Greek man Lysias. He is betrothed to another ... See full summary »

Directors: Marcel L'Herbier, Paolo Moffa
Stars: Micheline Presle, Georges Marchal, Marcel Herrand
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

While negotiating peace between two brothers contesting the throne of Thebes, an amnesiac Hercules is seduced by the evil Queen Omphale.

Director: Pietro Francisci
Stars: Steve Reeves, Sylva Koscina, Sylvia Lopez
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Rival Mongol chiefs battle for leadership of the tribe.

Director: Primo Zeglio
Stars: Ed Fury, Elaine Stewart, Bella Cortez
Troppo forte (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Carlo Verdone
Stars: Carlo Verdone, Alberto Sordi, Stella Hall
The Last Days of Pompeii (TV Mini-Series 1984)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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 »

Stars: Ned Beatty, Brian Blessed, Ernest Borgnine
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Mario Bonnard
Stars: Isabelle Corey, Anthony Steffen, Irène Tunc
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Director: Primo Zeglio
Stars: Lex Barker, Sylvia Lopez, Vira Silenti
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
Ione (as Cristina Kaufmann)
...
Barbara Carroll ...
Anne-Marie Baumann ...
Julia
Mimmo Palmara ...
Gallinus
Guillermo Marín ...
Ascanius
Carlo Tamberlani ...
Leader of the Christians
Mino Doro ...
Consul
Mario Berriatúa ...
Praetorian Guard
Mario Morales ...
Praetorian Guard
Ángel Ortiz ...
Praetorian Guard
Ignazio Dolce
Ángel Aranda ...
Antonius
Tony Richards
Edit

Storyline

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 far-off wars. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that his father has been murdered by a gang of black-hooded looting bandits. Glaucus vows revenge against the killers, but just how high up are those involved? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Fiery Summit of Spectacle! See more »


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

| |

Language:

| |

Release Date:

17 July 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Last Days of Pompeii  »

Box Office

Gross:

ESP 9,504 (Spain)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

During production, Steve Reeves suffered a major injury. A chariot he was driving struck a tree and he dislocated his shoulder. The injury never fully healed, putting an end to the more intense bodybuilding routines he had done for most of his life. See more »

Connections

Featured in Warrior Queen (1987) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Acceptable and hight budgeted Peplum with the corpulent Steve Reeves
25 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

The starring of this ¨Sword and Sandals movie¨is Glauco (Steve Reeves), a Roman official, friend of emperor Tito , returning to his house from Palestine and trying to clean up the doomed town of Pompeii in this new adaptation of the 1935 classic( by Ernet B Schoedsack with Preston Foster and Basil Rathbone). Steve plays a newcomer to Pompeya and he helps the Christians who are pursued by the evil rulers (Guillermo Marin, Fernando Rey) who govern tyrannically Pompeii . The good guys are Steve Reeves, Christine Kaufmann,Angel Aranda and the bad guys are Fernando Rey , Guillermo Marin among others . Meanwhile he saves the damsel in distress(Christine Kaufmann, Tony Curtis wife) of a runaway horse and discovers his daddy has been killed by a band of black-headed nasties. The Christians are accused of killings and Glauco seeks justice. But the eruption of Vesuvius threatens noblemen, slaves and Christians alike.

Steve Reeves was a hunk man who made lots of roman epic films also called ¨Musclemen movies¨. Luck's Reeves changed when Italian director Pietro Francisci persuaded him to go overseas to star ¨Hercules¨ and sequel ¨Hercules and queen of Lydia also titled Hercules unchained ¨, and later on, he followed with ¨Goliath and the Barbarians, The giant of Marathon, The Trojan horse, The son of Spartacus and The Avenger¨ among them . Steve was an American bouncing who emigrated Italy and created a true star-system based on pumped-up heroes. He paved the way for others actors to seek their fame and fortune in Italy playing bouncing adventurers . Other stars by the time on this type of movies are Mark Forest, Gordon Mitchell, Dan Vadis, Brad Harris and 'Gordon Scott' who made him more important competence. Nobody, nevertheless, topped Steve in popularity. Steve Reeves as Glaucus, a soldier who woo avenge, is solid, though uninspired, in the lead role as an honest legionnaire caught up in the momentous deeds prior to eruption but acting honors go to Fernando Rey as nasty high priest.This historic epic about Roman time and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius really bears no relation whatsover to Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton's novel and much of the dialog is of the wooden variety. The film is a Spanish/ West Germay/Italian co-production that were largely shot during the 60s in Spain and Italy. The film bears remarkable resemblance to ¨The Colossus of Rhodes ¨(1961) including the explosive spotlight when ground shaking and the town blows its top, besides repeat several actors as Mimmo Palmara, Antonio Casas, Angel Aranda, Carlo Tamberlani as leader of Christians , technicians , producers, same cameraman : Antonio L. Ballesteros , musician : Angelo Frascesco Lavagnino, screenwriters such as Sergio Corbucci, Duccio Tessari, Ennio De Concini, assistant direction by Jorge Grau and second unit director by Leone who terminated the movie because director Mario Bonnard suddenly died, though the great Sergio appears uncredited.


14 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
About that opening theme... kalendjay
Discuss The Last Days of Pompeii (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?