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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)
Based on the Edward Bulwer-Lytton novel. Set in the shadows of Mt. Vesuvius just before its famous eruption, the film begins with Glaucus, a Roman legionnaire, returning to his home from ... See full summary »

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Mario Bonnard

Writers:

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton (novel), Ennio De Concini (adaptation) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

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 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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Based on the Edward Bulwer-Lytton novel. Set in the shadows of Mt. Vesuvius just before its famous eruption, the film begins with Glaucus, a Roman legionnaire, returning to his home from far-off wars. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that his father has been murdered by a gang of black-hooded looting bandits. Glaucus vows revenge against the killers, but just how high up are those involved? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Country:

Italy | Spain | West Germany

Language:

English | Italian | German

Release Date:

17 July 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

CEA Studios - Madrid, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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During production, Steve Reeves suffered a major injury. A chariot he was driving struck a tree and he dislocated his shoulder. The injury never fully healed, putting an end to the more intense bodybuilding routines he had done for most of his life. See more »

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Steve Reeves @ Pompeii (No Spoilers)
22 May 2018 | by dishlady69See all my reviews

Once again Steve Reeves is perfectly cast in a period film -- this time set in the final days of Pompeii with paranoia about Christianity running rampant. The costumes are exquisite (though perhaps more GREEK than ROMAN if you know your history and fabric patterns), with a MAJOR plot twist towards the end -- NO SPOILERS, go watch the movie! -- as Reeves investigates his father's murder.

There's some confusion as to why folks in Pompeii were worshiping the Egyptian Isis throughout the movie, so I'll have to hit the history books again to see if that was a thing or just a liberty taken by the director. (To my knowledge they followed the usual suspects: Mercury, Minerva, Neptune, etc.)


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