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Pompeii: The Last Day (2003)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | History  -  20 October 2003 (UK)
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A dramatized recreation of the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

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Credited cast:
Alisdair Simpson ...
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Polybius
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Stephanus
Rebecca Clarke ...
Fortunata
Inika Leigh Wright ...
Hedone
Martin Hodgson ...
Rachel Atkins ...
Plinia
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Celadus
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Africanus
Katherine Whitburn ...
Julia
Chrissie Cotterill ...
Epidia
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Sabinus
George Antoni ...
Felix (as George Yiasoumi)
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In 79 AD, one of the infamous natural disasters in human history occurred when Mount Vesuvius erupted. With speculative dramatizations of various inhabitants' final hours along with detailed documentation of the known facts concerning the eruption, the horrific day is vividly brought to life. In addition, the modern situation of life around Mount Vesuvius is shown and the overhanging danger that is still there today. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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All the other filmed dramatizations of the last days of Pompeii have featured purely fictional characters. See more »

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Himself - Narrator: Vesuvius has never again erupted with the same volcanic force as on that hot summer day in A.D. 79. According to the experts, Plinian eruptions of this scale only happen every 2000 years. The next one is due.
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Compelling documentary
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I've seen many documentaries but few have gripped me as this one did. The combination of live action, computer graphics, and scholarly voice-over made it a compelling picture. Unlike many feature films, I didn't even look at the clock to see when it would be over.

The only drawback for me was that some of the science went by a little too quickly. I got the general idea of "the column collapses" but would have liked it to be explored a little more in order to have a more comprehensive view.

The inclusion of artifacts was especially moving, particularly when paired with imagined scenes. Overall this is a great documentary -- we could use more like it!


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