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79 A.D. (1962)
"Anno 79: La distruzione di Ercolano" (original title)

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Intrigue at the Roman Emperor's court prior to its destruction by Vesuvius.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Harris ...
Marcus Tiberius
Mara Lane ...
Susan Paget ...
Jany Clair ...
Jacques Berthier ...
Philippe Hersent ...
Carlo Tamberlani ...
Ivy Holzer ...
Claudia (as Ivy Stewart)
Isarco Ravaioli ...
Djordje Nenadovic ...
Niksa Stefanini ...
Valerius (as Nicola Stefanini)
Vladimir Leib ...
Giuseppe Mattei ...
Drago (as Pino Mattei)
Ignazio Dolce
Arnaldo Martelli ...
Saurus (as Ray Martino)


In 79 AD the Roman city of Herculaneum was destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius. The film spends a lot of time and money, with numerous extras, on the political intrigues at the court of the emperor Titus Flavius, but the actual eruption is underplayed. Written by Hazel Freeman <>

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23 December 1962 (Italy)  »

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79 A.D.  »

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The last days of Ercolano
19 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

Another "adaptation" of Bulwer Lytton's famous novel,even if it takes place in Ercolano.Like Pompei,Ercolano was near the Vesuvius ,and the eruption really occurred in 79 AD .But when you visit Pompei today,the guides tell you it's impossible that survivors were able to escape,particularly by boats.

Like Mario Bonnard's "last days of Pompei" (1959) which featured Steve Reeves ,this work is completely incoherent:the plot is couldn't- care- less and the actors ' performances are minimal to say the least:a mixture of gladiators,political corruption,and the rise of Christianity with all the clichés you can think of,none of the story makes any sense.I would go as far as to write it's sometimes hard to catch up with the cock-and-bull story.

Of course ,when the "goods" are to be crucified (why ,anyway, do they crucify the hero who is a Roman citizen??),God punishes the villains as He makes the volcano erupt.As a result ,losses percentages:good guys:0% villains :100%.Anno Domini indeed.

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