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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 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)
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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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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16: 9 Enhanced
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Trivia

The film takes place from August 24 to August 25, 79 AD. 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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Compelling documentary
19 July 2009 | by irish23See all my reviews

I've seen many documentaries but few have gripped me as this one did. The combination of live action, computer graphics, and scholarly voice-over made it a compelling picture. Unlike many feature films, I didn't even look at the clock to see when it would be over.

The only drawback for me was that some of the science went by a little too quickly. I got the general idea of "the column collapses" but would have liked it to be explored a little more in order to have a more comprehensive view.

The inclusion of artifacts was especially moving, particularly when paired with imagined scenes. Overall this is a great documentary -- we could use more like it!


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