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The Last Days of Pompeii 

The different aspects of life in Pompeii, a coastal luxury resort near Naples catering for the very rich of imperial Rome, mainly before but culminating in the eruption of the Vesuvian ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Ned Beatty ...  Diomed 3 episodes, 1984
Brian Blessed ...  Olinthus 3 episodes, 1984
Ernest Borgnine ...  Marcus 3 episodes, 1984
Nicholas Clay ...  Glaucus 3 episodes, 1984
Lesley-Anne Down ...  Chloe 3 episodes, 1984
Olivia Hussey ...  Ione 3 episodes, 1984
Siobhan McKenna ...  Fortunata 3 episodes, 1984
Franco Nero ...  Arbaces 3 episodes, 1984
Linda Purl ...  Nydia 3 episodes, 1984
Anthony Quayle ...  Quintus 3 episodes, 1984
Duncan Regehr ...  Lydon 3 episodes, 1984
Laurence Olivier ...  Gaius 3 episodes, 1984
Benedict Taylor ...  Antonius 3 episodes, 1984
Gerry Sundquist ...  Clodius 3 episodes, 1984
Catriona MacColl ...  Julia 3 episodes, 1984
Malcolm Jamieson ...  Petrus 3 episodes, 1984
Tony Anholt ...  Lepidus 3 episodes, 1984
David Robb ...  Sallust 3 episodes, 1984
Stephen Greif ...  Sporus 3 episodes, 1984
Peter Cellier ...  Calenus 3 episodes, 1984
Barry Stokes ...  Gar 3 episodes, 1984
Howard Lang ...  Medon 3 episodes, 1984
Marilù Tolo ...  Xenia 3 episodes, 1984
Joyce Blair ...  Lucretia 3 episodes, 1984
Francesca Romana Coluzzi Francesca Romana Coluzzi ...  Stratonice 3 episodes, 1984
Brian Croucher Brian Croucher ...  Melior 3 episodes, 1984
Willoughby Goddard ...  Nobleman 3 episodes, 1984
George Claydon ...  Philos 3 episodes, 1984
Michael Quill Michael Quill ...  Catus 3 episodes, 1984
Brian Coburn Brian Coburn ...  Burbo 3 episodes, 1984
Christopher Ellison ...  Drusus 3 episodes, 1984
Bernard Kay ...  Captain 3 episodes, 1984
Howard Goorney Howard Goorney ...  Joseph 3 episodes, 1984
Jill Melford Jill Melford ...  Banquet guest 3 episodes, 1984
Peter Howell ...  Banquet guest 3 episodes, 1984
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The different aspects of life in Pompeii, a coastal luxury resort near Naples catering for the very rich of imperial Rome, mainly before but culminating in the eruption of the Vesuvian volcano, which wipes it from the face of the Earth. The residents of Pompeii include Diomed, a common upstart merchant whose self-made riches from trade allow him to consider running for political office against sitting city magistrate Quintus and an impoverished aristocratic marriage for his daughter Julia; the cultivated Greek Glaucus; the gladiator Lydon; the noble-born Antonius and his sister Ione, the evil Isis-priest Arbaces who is after (their) money and power; the persecution-fearing Christian slaves Petrus, his true love Chloe, and their secret leader Olinthus. Written by KGF Vissers

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6 May 1984 (USA) See more »

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Brian Croucher's voice was dubbed by an uncredited American actor. See more »

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Version of Sins of Pompeii (1950) See more »

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Not just a masterpiece.. A miracle, a wonder!
28 September 2002 | by Roberto LorenzSee all my reviews

This is definitely more than an antique soap opera. It's without a doubt the most beautiful interpretation of the novel. May be that the story is geared to the 80's generation, but the pictures it shows are unforgettable!

A magnificent set-decoration and the most authentic art-direction I've ever seen (look at the temple of Isis: even the number of stairs tallies with the original!), tasteful, opulent costumes and finally a few amazing visual-effects, phenomenal for a TV-mini.

Trevor Jones' music is another wonder. As a great fan of soundtracks I always listen more to the scores than to the dialogues, when I watch a film. Mr. Jones is a man of genius; able to give the worst movies ("G.I. Jane", "The mighty"..) grace and poesy through his music.

I never heard a more haunting, majestic music than his score for "The last days of Pompeii" and I get a goose-flesh whenever I hear the main-theme - still after twelve years.

The cast is marvelous, as well. Sir Laurence Olivier, Franco Nero, Olivia Hussey and two outstanding No-names: Lesley-Anne Down and Linda Purl. Both of them are beautiful AND talented, although they rarely were able to show what they are made of.

I traveled to Pompeii a few times, considering the magic of this forgotten masterpiece. What can I say... the most beautiful town of the earth! And this motion picture is its impressive monument. Thanks.


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