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18 out of 31 people found the following review useful:

Acceptable and high-budgeted Peplum co-produced by Italy/Spain with the corpulent as well as affectionate Steve Reeves

Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain
25 June 2004

Freely based on the Edward Bulwer-Lytton novel , whose story had previously had several cinematic renditions . Set in the shadows of Mt. Vesuvius just before its known eruption , the starring of this ¨Sword and Sandals movie¨ results to be 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). Upon arriving, however, he finds out that his daddy has been killed by a band of black-hooded looting cutthroats . 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 . Then , Glaucus vows vendetta against the murderers . Meanwhile , he saves the damsel in distress (Christine Kaufmann, Tony Curtis wife) of a runaway horse and discovers a twisted conspiracy . As Christians are accused of killings and Glauco seeks justice . But the eruption of Vesuvius threatens noblemen , slaves and Christians alike.

Here Steve Reeves plays as Glaucus, a Roman legionnaire, going back to his home from far-off wars ; Steve 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 , Rock Stevens , 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 woos 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 a nasty high priest . This historic epic about Roman time and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius really holds no relation whatsover to Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton's novel and much of the dialog is of the wooden variety .

This exiting film turns out to be a Spanish/ West Germay/Italian co-production that were largely shot during the 60s in Spain and Italy . Sergio Leone made his credited directorial debut when the original director fell ill with this epic sword and sandal film starring American hunk actor Steve Reeves . Leone's dynamic framing of the Pompeii's earthquake at the center of the film combined with the frenetic action scenes set on top of it made sure the Saturday matinée crowd stayed glued to their seats for the film's excessive running time . This Spaghetti/Paella Peplum bears remarkable resemblance to ¨The Colossus of Rhodes ¨(1961) by Leone , in fact many of the same cast and crew members would be hired for Sergio Leone's this first credited directorial effort . And including the explosive spotlight when ground shaking and the town blows its top, besides ,repeating several players 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. It was reportedly during the production of this film in which took part famous Italian filmmakers as Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci and Duccio Tessari were introduced to the deserts of Spain such as Almeria , this would inspire their use of these locations for the genre that would be known as "Spaghetti Westerns" . Rating : Entertaining and passable Muscleman movie . The picture will appeal to Steve Reeves fans . Well worth watching .

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Last Days of Pompeii

Author: mhrabovsky6912 from United States
14 November 2007

This may have been the first film Steve (Mr. Hercules, himself) Reeves made after his enormously popular two Hercules films. Reeves certainly did not lose any of his granite carved physique before signing on to do this film. Story concerns Reeves as roman tribune who returns home to Pompeii after a sabattical in the roman legions. He discovers his father dead and seeks out to avenge his murder, all the while keeping the ruling class in Pompeii in worry that he may use his influence and go to Rome to emperor Tiberius. The christians are blamed for a load of murders in and around Pompeii, but in the background it is not the christians who are committing murders but a well organized band of roman traitors, who disguise as leaders during the day but murderers at night. One of the corrupt leaders is the lovely Anne Marie Bauman, who merrily rides along on a home made roman sled early in the film. Even the local church leader is part of the gang of henchmen...Reeves meets the daughter of the roman counsel and a relationship begins. Reeves is in love, but doubts the sincerity and truth of the lovely Christine Kaufman who is a self professed Christian and meets secretly with them at night in a cave. Reeves quickly discovers and learns the christians are not murderers and sets out to prove it...he then gets gang attacked by the roman traitors. Correct part of the film shows blind roman girl named Nydia who is also a Christian convert and is a maid to Kaufman. In the original novel about Pompeii there is a blind girl named Nydia. Soon Reeves fights off and kills band of traitors along with the help of his followers. Volcano then erupts and shows the total destruction of Pompeii....only Reeves and Kaufman are able to escape via a small boat.....very good special effects showing the destruction of Pompeii with Reeves running in the streets trying to find his love.... Check out scene with Reeves pulling chains out of prison walls and his set of massive biceps bulging. Reeves certainly had the body of a roman gladiator and then some...a body carved from granite. Of of Reeves best films.

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From sir Bulwer-Lytton nothing....

Author: dbdumonteil
20 August 2005

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

....but the proper nouns!Glaucus,Ione,Arbaces ,Nydia.This flick tells a story even more confused than the novel.Sir Bulwer-Lytton's book had assets : its precise depictions of the daily life in a soon-to-be-destroyed city,the spoiled youth Glaucus is part of ,his dilemma -he was born a Greek man and his country was conquered by the Romans,he had no friends,but was surrounded by parasites ,like Clodius -and of course a sincere if childish look at the rising of Christianity.

Sergio Leone's script includes tortures,orgies and attacks of hooded villains(?).Of course it kept the final eruption but ,by today's standards,it's barely more than fireworks .Fans of Steve Reeves may be satisfied ,but Bulwer-Lytton's readers will fatally be disappointed.

NB:the miniseries ,made in 1984,was more successful,although it added new characters and a different ending(Nydia does not get drowned)

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6 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

one of best

Author: jamesroo from United States
2 December 2008

this was the film steve hurt his shoulder and had to stop lifting heavy weights and lost lbs. believe or not he said in an interview he trained only one month out of the year when he was making movies in europe.thats why he looked bigger in some movies than others.his thickest was in goliath and the barbarians and lightest giant of marathon.a lot of copies of this film are made by GOOD TIMES VIDEO stay away from these copies they are BAD.good times copied all there DVD's and VHS in EP mode.again do not ever buy a GOOD TIMES just a warning if u buy a cope. and be weary of goliath and barbarians copies and others most are copied from some Italian print.i did get a great copy of thief of bagdad and morgan the pirate.

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Muscles And Lava

Author: screenman from United Kingdom
28 March 2010

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

It's 1959, and the season of badly-dubbed spaghetti-easterns. As the title suggests, this wasn't a Hollywood epic.

Steve Reeves briefly cornered the action-man market in the way that Stallone and Arnie did more recently. Here he plays a legionary who has come home to Pompeii. It's 79AD so that's not a very positive career-move. There's all kinds of trouble brewing in the old town, featuring a gang of nocturnal murderers, and hapless Christians who are always good for a stoning. But the real trouble - as we all know - is brewing underground.

Reeves had an excellent physique that is shown to maximum effect here. With one blow of his forearm he smashes a stout table in two. You don't want to upset him. Most of the movie fusses about the partisan squabbles and the murderous clique and keeps us waiting for what we know is going to happen.

For a small budget movie the volcano effects and town destruction are not too bad, really. But it's still rather an anti-climax. This is really an advertisement for Mr Reeves and his mighty sinews as much as the power of Vesuvius. If you're a fan of well-figured young men, you'll definitely enjoy this, otherwise...

It's about on a par with the longer, but similarly plotted and paced though better-dubbed 'Sodom & Gomorrah'. Don't wait up to watch either; you could have more convincing dreams.

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