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The Last Days of Pompeii (miniseries)

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The Last Days of Pompeii
Based onnovel of the same name by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Written byCarmen Culver
Directed byPeter R. Hunt
StarringNed Beatty
Brian Blessed
Ernest Borgnine
Olivia Hussey
Music byTrevor Jones
Country of originItaly
United Kingdom
United States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producerDavid Gerber
ProducersWilliam Hill
Richard Irving
CinematographyJack Cardiff
EditorsMichael Ellis
Richard Marden
Running time310 minutes
Production companiesRAI Radiotelevisione Italiana
David Gerber Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
Original release
ReleaseMay 6 (1984-05-06) –
May 8, 1984 (1984-05-08)

The Last Days of Pompeii is an Italian-American 1984 television miniseries filmed at Pinewood Studios and broadcast on ABC-TV and Rai, adapting the 1834 novel of the same name by Edward Bulwer-Lytton. It was the second English-language adaptation of the book for film or television (previously adapted mainly in Italian; the 1935 RKO film was unrelated to the novel and the 1900 adaptation by Walter R. Booth, while the first cinematic adaptation in English was a short film).

On June 5, 2012, Sony released the mini-series on DVD.[1]


Actor Name Description
Tony Anholt Lepidus A Roman noble; friend of Glaucus, Clodius and Sallust.
Ned Beatty Diomed A wealthy merchant; married to Lucretia and the father of Julia.
Joyce Blair Lucretia A wealthy Roman; married to Diomed and mother to Julia.
Brian Blessed Olinthus A blacksmith and devout Christian.
Ernest Borgnine Marcus A slave owner.
Peter Cellier Calenus A priest of Isis; brother to Burbo.
Nicholas Clay Glaucus A Greek noble; love interest to Ione.
George Claydon Philos A Greek dwarf artist.
Brian Coburn Burbo A tavern owner; brother of Calenus and married to Stratonice.
Francesca Romana Coluzzi Stratonice A brothel owner; married to Burbo
Brian Croucher Melior A gladiator.
Lesley-Anne Down Chloe A prostitute with a young son; in love with Petrus.
Christopher Ellison Drusus A Roman soldier.
Howard Goorney Joseph A Christian missionary.
Stephen Greif Sporus A gladiator.
Olivia Hussey Ione A soon to be priestess of Isis; sister of Antonius, and love interest to Glaucus.
Malcolm Jamieson Petrus A slave to Diomed; in love with Chloe.
Howard Lang Medon A slave to Diomed; father of Lydon.
Jill Melford Lucinda A Roman Noble.
Catriona MacColl Julia A wealthy Roman; the daughter of Diomed and Lucretia and love interest to Clodius.
Siobhán McKenna Fortunata A Roman noble; married to Gaius.
Franco Nero Arbaces The Egyptian High Priest of the Cult of Isis.
Laurence Olivier Gaius A former senator from Rome; married to Fortunata.
Linda Purl Nydia A blind slave; love interest to Lydon.
Anthony Quayle Quintus The head Magistrate of Pompeii.
Michael Quill Catus An assistant to Olinthus; a child
Duncan Regehr Lydon A gladiator and former slave; love interest to Nydia.
David Robb Sallust A Roman noble; friend of Glaucus, Clodius and Lepidus.
Barry Stokes Gar A Germanic gladiator.
Gerry Sundquist Clodius A poor Roman noble and poet; love interest to Julia.
Benedict Taylor Antonius A priest of Isis; brother of Ione.
Marilu Tolo Xenia A prostitute; Calenus is a regular client of hers.


  1. ^ Lambert, David (June 1, 2012). "The Last Days of Pompeii (mini-series) - Release Date for 1984's Three-Part Production on DVD". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on June 5, 2012. Retrieved June 8, 2012.