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Anno 79: La distruzione di Ercolano (1962)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | 23 December 1962 (Italy)
Intrigue at the Roman Emperor's court prior to its destruction by Vesuvius.


Giovanni Simonelli (story), Gianfranco Parolini (story) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Paget Susan Paget ... Livia
Brad Harris ... Marcus Tiberius
Mara Lane ... Diomira
Jacques Berthier Jacques Berthier ... Tercius
Jany Clair Jany Clair ... Myrta
Carlo Tamberlani Carlo Tamberlani ... Furius
Philippe Hersent Philippe Hersent ... Titus Flavius
Ivy Holzer Ivy Holzer ... Claudia (as Ivy Stewart)
Isarco Ravaioli Isarco Ravaioli ... Licinius
Djordje Nenadovic Djordje Nenadovic ... Sansom (as George Nenadovic)
Vladimir Leib Vladimir Leib ... Lepidus (as Vladimiro Leib)
Niksa Stefanini Niksa Stefanini ... Valerius (as Nicola Stefanini)
Giuseppe Mattei Giuseppe Mattei ... Drago (as Pino Mattei)
Arnaldo Martelli Arnaldo Martelli ... Saurus (as Ray Martino)
Mila Kacic Mila Kacic ... Armodia (as Mila Kaciceca)


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 <hazel@sabrina.demon.co.uk>

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Release Date:

23 December 1962 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Destruction of Herculaneum See more »

Filming Locations:

Lavrica, Skofljica, Slovenia See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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The last days of Ercolano
19 November 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee 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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