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The Last Days of Pompeii (1959)

Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei (original title)
Approved | | Action, Adventure, History | 17 July 1960 (USA)
A demobilized centurion returns home to Pompeii to find his father murdered by a gang of black-hooded Christian robbers that terrorizes the city and he decides to investigate the matter while the nearby volcano threatens to erupt.

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Mario Bonnard

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Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (novel), Ennio De Concini (adaptation) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Reeves ... Glaucus Leto
Christine Kaufmann ... Elena / Ione (as Cristina Kaufmann)
Fernando Rey ... Arbaces, High Priest of Isis
Barbara Carroll Barbara Carroll ... Nydia
Anne-Marie Baumann Anne-Marie Baumann ... Julia
Mimmo Palmara ... Gallinus, a Praetorian Guard
Guillermo Marín ... Ascanius, Consul of Pompei
Ángel Aranda ... Antoninus Marcus
Carlo Tamberlani ... Olinto, Christian Leader
Mario Morales Mario Morales ... Marcus, Military Tribune
Mino Doro Mino Doro ... Roman Consul
Ángel Ortiz Ángel Ortiz ... Helios, a Praetorian Guard
Mario Berriatúa ... Praetorian Guard
Lola Torres Lola Torres ... Tavern Keeper
Ignazio Dolce Ignazio Dolce ... Caius
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Mount Vesuvius looms ominously over the doomed city of Pompeii, a city in turmoil. Its citizens are being terrorized by a group of black-hooded thieves on the rampage, murdering entire families, and looting their homes. Strangely, they're also leaving a calling card. The sign of the Christian cross is being left as a remainder of who has carried out these terrible acts. On his way into the city, Centurion Glaucus Lito, is looking forward to seeing his father after completing his military service. When he arrives at his father's house he finds it in ruins and is told that his father has been murdered by the same masked raiders menacing the city. Glaucus begins to make enquiries, aided by the help of his friends, but begins to doubt that the peaceful Christian community are responsible for these murders. He soon finds out that the situation is a lot more complicated than he originally thought. After more extensive enquiries he discovers a conspiracy within the political and religious ... Written by bcarruthers-76500

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Release Date:

17 July 1960 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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2.35 : 1
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Christine Kaufmann, the actress who played Ione, the Consul's daughter, in the movie was only 14 years old at the time. A few years later she married Tony Curtis and "Spartacus," Kirk Douglas was the best man at the wedding. See more »

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Last Days of Pompeii
14 November 2007 | by mhrabovsky6912See all my reviews

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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