The Last Days of Pompeii

The Last Days of Pompeii (1984)

  • Genre: Drama
  • First Air Date: 1984-05-06
  • Last Air Date: 1984-05-08
  • Total Seasons: 1
  • Total Episodes: 3
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 140 min.
  • Language: e
  • Production Company: Centerpoint
  • Production Country: Italy, United Kingdom
  • Networks: ABC
  • Director:
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This seven-hour British-Italian adaptation of Edward Bulwer-Lytton's 1834 epic, set against the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. and previously filmed in 1935, and in 1960 was a vehicle for muscleman Steve Reeves, was trashed by the critics as the campiest of sword and sandal sagas to emerge in years. This despite its reported $19-million price tag, the nobility of its cast that includes Laurence Olivier, Siobhan McKenna and Anthony Quayle, and its rather unspectacular special effects. The central figures are Nicholas Clay as Glaucus, the noble Athenian; Olivia Hussey as the high-born Ione, his love, who is seduced by the Egyptian, Arbaces (Franco Nero), a religious fanatic; Duncan Regehr as Lydon, the champion gladiator; and Linda Purl as the blind slave Nydia, who is torn between Glaucus and Lydon.

  • Keywords: based on novel or book, gladiator, volcano, ancient rome, miniseries, pompeii, 1st century, vesuvius
  • The Last Days of Pompeii Trailer

    The Last Days of Pompeii Seasons

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 1984-05-06
    3 Episodes

    The Last Days of Pompeii Episodes

    Season 1 Episode 1
    Part 1
    Air Date:
    Duration: 240 min
    Season 1 Episode 2
    Part 2
    Air Date:
    Duration: 240 min
    Season 1 Episode 3
    Part 3
    Air Date:
    Duration: 240 min
    • Linda Purl

      as Nydia
    • Anthony Quayle

      as Quintus
    • Duncan Regehr

      as Lydon
    • Laurence Olivier

      as Gaius
    • Benedict Taylor

      as Antonius
    • Gerry Sundquist

      as Clodius
    • Catriona MacColl

      as Julia
    • Malcolm Jamieson

      as Petrus
    • Tony Anholt

      as Lepidus
    • David Robb

      as Sallust
    • Stephen Greif

      as Sporus
    • Peter Cellier

      as Calenus
    • Barry Stokes

      as Gar
    • Howard Lang

      as Medon
    • Joyce Blair

      as Lucretia
    • Francesca Romana Coluzzi

      as Stratonice
    • Brian Croucher

      as Melior
    • Marilù Tolo

      as Xenia
    • Ned Beatty

      as Diomed
    • Brian Blessed

      as Olinthus
    • Ernest Borgnine

      as Marcus
    • Nicholas Clay

      as Glaucus
    • Lesley-Anne Down

      as Chloe
    • Olivia Hussey

      as Ione
    • Siobhán McKenna

      as Fortunata
    • Franco Nero

      as Arbaces
    Directing Peter H. Hunt Director
    Directing Ken Shane Third Assistant Director
    Directing Ariel Levy First Assistant Director
    Directing Chris Carreras Second Assistant Director