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.


Paul W.S. Anderson


Janet Scott Batchler (screenplay), Lee Batchler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dylan Schombing ... Young Milo
Jean-Francois Lachapelle ... Milo's Father
Rebecca Roberts ... Milo's Mother (as Rebecca Eady)
Kiefer Sutherland ... Corvus
Sasha Roiz ... Proculus
Jean Frenette ... Boss Slaver
Joe Pingue ... Graecus
Currie Graham ... Bellator
Kit Harington ... Milo
Maxime Savaria ... Biggest Thracian
Ron Kennell ... The Weasel
Tom Bishop Sr. ... Cassia's Carriage Driver
Emily Browning ... Cassia
Jessica Lucas ... Ariadne
Carrie-Anne Moss ... Aurelia


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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No warning. No escape. 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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Did You Know?


The peculiar form of hand shake Severus and Senator Corvus share is real and period accurate, recorded on old frescoes and statues. See more »


Vesuvius did not spew lava in the 79 ce eruption. The film correctly shows a massive pyroclastic flow (a mix of very hot ash, rock and gases) which travels at very fast speeds up to 700 kph. This is what destroyed and blanketed Pompeii. See more »


[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 »


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Going Off
from Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010)
Written by Joseph LoDuca
© Starz Entertainment, LLC.
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Why DID I like this film?
24 April 2014 | by davidagninoSee all my reviews

Many people are out there saying it's "historically inaccurate", it's "a remade of gladiator WITH A VOLCANO!" and a very cliché film. but I'm saying it is a really good movie on it's own, considering that this IS A DISASTER MOVIE. And in many aspects this is better than 2012, Volcano, or other movies like these. For starters, there is an actual plot to the movie before the volcano erupts.

Other things I liked:

  • The gladiatorial theme is well presented. You can see people who hate being a gladiator, people who are just waiting for their freedom, people who believe they are gods in the arena, and so on, and you can watch how the majority of Romans loved these shows, but some didn't. You can make yourself an idea of the weather of that theme.

  • The romance is believable. I mean, it happens very fast, but it's not Disney's "Real Love" They are just two people who LIKE each other caught in the massive chaos of a volcano, not much more.

  • the special effects are plain awesome! Not only the gigantic explosion and lava bombs, and tsunamis. Also the small things, like the views of the city in the background, and the aerial shots.

  • The city was amazing. People complain "Pompeii is not a port city" Well, actually it WAS, but the eruption changed the shape of the coastline. And the fact that THAT city shown in the movie WAS Pompeii. They actually shoot in place and then recreated the city out of the remainings using CGI. So the grid shape, the walls and everything is in place just as it was 2000 years ago. Archaeologists have in fact praised the director for his recreation of the city

  • the volcano. It's the star of the movie without a doubt. It seems to have almost a personality. The way the eruption happened was very close to what actually happened. Some artistic liberties were made for the sake of entertaining. You won't be seeing any clichéd lava river because Mount Vesubius doesn't work that way.

  • The ending. It was amazing. I can't spoil it for you, but making it in any other way would have damaged the quality of the film.

  • The acting. It was really good for what I was expecting. Milo surprised me a lot, because I could really believe him as a lead man. The girl also. She seemed so plain in photos, but once the movie started I could say she nailed the part perfectly and was by no means just "miss fanservice", as girls in these kinds of movies tend to be. The real surprise was Atticus. The actor totally stealed the movie for himself in every scene, something that was perfect for an invicted champion in the peak of his gladiatorial career.

What didn't I like? The fact that the other famous city in the vicinity of Vesubius(Herculaeum, I think it's called) wasn't showed in the aerial shots. I mean, obviously the movie would be to complicated if we include it in the plot, but an aerial cameo of this other city would have been a fine addition to the movie, and would have improved the accuracy of it.

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Release Date:

21 February 2014 (USA) See more »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,340,823, 23 February 2014

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