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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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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Did You Know?

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: Vesuvius has never again erupted with the same volcanic force as on that hot summer day in A.D. 79. According to the experts, Plinian eruptions of this scale only happen every 2000 years. The next one is due.
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Docudrama by the Beeb
2 September 2019 | by nightrosesSee all my reviews

The dramatised documentary of Pompeii was not that great. The special effects were good, although some things didn't quite happen as it did. Besides the effects of the volcanic eruption itself that others have gone into, and I won't even comment on, the rest was just more propaganda than telling a historic tale. It was unfair of the BBC to portray one of the dead Pompeii victims as a horrid bad man. It left a nasty taste in my mouth and that was enough for me. The character Stephanus the Fuller may have been a really nice and kind man but this drama turned him into the villain. I'm not sure how they can really make things like that and be given so many awards.


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