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Pompeii (2014)

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A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.

Director:

Paul W.S. Anderson

Writers:

Janet Scott Batchler (screenplay), Lee Batchler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kit Harington ... Milo
Carrie-Anne Moss ... Aurelia
Emily Browning ... Cassia
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ... Atticus
Jessica Lucas ... Ariadne
Jared Harris ... Severus
Joe Pingue ... Graecus
Kiefer Sutherland ... Corvus
Currie Graham ... Bellator
Dylan Schombing ... Young Milo
Maxime Savaria ... Biggest Thracian
Ron Kennell Ron Kennell ... The Weasel
Tom Bishop Sr. Tom Bishop Sr. ... Cassia's Carriage Driver
Rebecca Roberts ... Milo's Mother (as Rebecca Eady)
Sasha Roiz ... Proculus
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Storyline

Set in 79 A.D., POMPEII tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia (Emily Browning), the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Taglines:

A City will Fall. A Hero will Rise. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences, disaster-related action and brief sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pompeji See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,340,823, 23 February 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,219,748

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$117,831,631
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kit Harington's shirtless introduction scene (in the gladiatorial arena in London) was shot on the last 2 days of principal photography to give him as much time as possible to get his body in shape. He started training before filming began and throughout filming to peak for that scene. See more »

Goofs

Pompeii's amphitheater is located in the south-east corner of the town. It is shown in its correct location in the opening sequence, but has moved into the town center when Milo and Cassia are riding in the hills. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Title Card: In the darkness you could hear the crying of women, the wailing of infants, and the shouting of men. Some prayed for help. Others wished for death. But still more imagined that there were no Gods left, and that the universe was plunged into eternal darkness. - Pliny the Younger, A.D. 79.
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Alternate Versions

During post production, the film company made edits to violence and bloodletting to appease the BBFC in the UK in order to secure a '12A' rating. These cuts persisted into all theatrical versions of the film released in other countries. See more »

Connections

References The Mummy Returns (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Masquerade
from Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)
Written by Joseph LoDuca
© Starz Entertainment, LLC.
Courtesy of Warner/Chappell Music Canada, Ltd.
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Horrible movie, full of clichés.
19 February 2014 | by mbabaevSee all my reviews

This was a complete waste fo time. Here are the main reasons:

1. The performance by the main characters was very poor and artificial. 2. The director did a bad job, as did the editor. 3. The main story is weak and uninspired. There are clichés all over the place. Dialogue is poor and boring. The whole story is completely dubious and it is hard to take the movie seriously. 4. Historically speaking, the film sacrifices the real events that occurred for the sake of extra special effects. The fact that two cities were destroyed before anything got to Pompeii is ignored completely. The 'fire rain' on Pompeii also never happened, as did the tsunami. It simply made no sense to add everything but the kitchen sink into this movie. 'The Gladiator' was fictional, but it never claimed to be anything else. This film claims to be based on real events, when it clearly isn't in the most important aspects of what happened that day. In Pompeii, people died because they inhaled the smoke, not because fire rained down on them or tsunamis washed them away. The arena (stadium) was never destroyed by the earhquake and it still stands in Pompeii to this day. Dubious to the extreme.

Overall very very poor.


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