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Pompeii: The Last Day (2003)

A dramatized recreation of the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

Director:

Peter Nicholson

Writers:

Edward Canfor-Dumas (dramatisation), Peter Nicholson
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Cast

Credited cast:
Alisdair Simpson ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Pliny the Elder
Jim Carter ... Polybius
Jonathan Firth ... Stephanus
Rebecca Clarke Rebecca Clarke ... Fortunata
Inika Leigh Wright Inika Leigh Wright ... Hedone
Martin Hodgson Martin Hodgson ... Gaius
Rachel Atkins Rachel Atkins ... Plinia
Robert Whitelock ... Celadus
Chad Shepherd ... Africanus
Katherine Whitburn Katherine Whitburn ... Julia
Chrissie Cotterill Chrissie Cotterill ... Epidia
Leigh Jones ... Sabinus
George Antoni George Antoni ... Felix (as George Yiasoumi)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
F. Murray Abraham ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

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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Drama | History

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

Country:

UK | France | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

L'ultimo giorno di Pompei See more »

Filming Locations:

Monastir, Tunisia See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16: 9 Enhanced
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Trivia

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

Goofs

As the second-last pyroclastic wave stops just outside the city, the carbon dioxide it sends into the city should have affected all the lamps, dimming if not extinguishing the flames. The flames are untouched although the people are choking. See more »

Quotes

Alisdair Simpson - Narrator: The people of Pompeii have never seen anything like this before. There is no word in Latin for 'volcano."
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A decent, quick documentary...
20 May 2004 | by rebeljennSee all my reviews

This television documentary showcases a few examples of stories of the people of Pompeii during its last hours and follows these people through to their deaths, combining past and present. It follows the story of gladiators, a tradesman (who owns the equal of today's laundrette), that tradesman's wife, and a politician and his family (including his slaves). It just gives a little bit of life to the different roles that people would have played.

I have always thought that a full-length movie about Pompeii would be nice. it would be an excellent disaster movie, and I think a lot could be done in this aspect.


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