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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)
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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Genres:

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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My Masterpiece number 108 !!!
15 August 2019 | by elo-equipamentosSee all my reviews

By far this was the best documentary that l ever saw, Pompeii always invoked my attention since my school days, the unsurprised BBC made a masterpiece blending dramatization with scenes shot at Pompeii rediscovered, each single building on every corner were introduced on a smart narrative, all this was supplied by an priceless gift from the eyewitness called Plinius the younger who wrote all happenings on that day in a book on smallest details, which nobody took it seriously due the newest and weird info on unprecedented scale over the facts, also the Vesuvius and their pumice stone that buried the city, miraculously preserves all remaining buildings, paintings, graffiti art, which allowed to archeologists a best understanding over the Roman Empire, due all others surviving cities already change the whole ancient complex, extremely and highly recommended for those who really want to learn more over the most powerful empire on Earth ever had !!

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First watch: 2010 / How many: 2 / Source: DVD / Rating: 10


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