Set in 79 A.D., POMPEII tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him. Written by
Sony Pictures Entertainment
No warning. No escape.
Motion Picture Rating
Rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences, disaster-related action and brief sexual content
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21 February 2014 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $10,340,823,
23 February 2014, Wide Release
Gross USA: $23,219,748
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $117,831,631
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
The thumbs-up/thumbs-down gestures which stem from gladiatorial events had different if not opposite meanings to what they do today. A down-turned thumb by an official symbolized the winner burying his sword in the sand and the loser's life spared; an upturned thumb expressed delivering the killing stroke, symbolizing a slit throat. The actual gesture remains unknown - our belief in the thumbs-up/down stem from a painting by Gerome (pollice verso - with turned thumb) the surviving descriptions 'Infesto pollice' (with hostile thumb) and 'pollice premere' (with thumb pressed down) are too ambiguous to conclusively state what gesture was used in reality. See more
There were not "bombs" of flaming hard rock launched by the eruption of 79. There were, however, massive quantities of pumice, a much lighter air-filled stone that floats on water. See more
In the darkness you could hear the crying of women, the wailing of infants, and the shouting of men. Some prayed for help. Others wished for death. But still more imagined that there were no Gods left, and that the universe was plunged into eternal darkness. - Pliny the Younger, A.D. 79.
References The Dark Knight
from Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)
Written by Joseph LoDuca
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