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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.

Series Cast

  1. Linda Purl as Nydia

    Linda Purl


    3 Episodes

  2. Anthony Quayle as Quintus

    Anthony Quayle


    3 Episodes

  3. Duncan Regehr as Lydon

    Duncan Regehr


    3 Episodes

  4. Laurence Olivier as Gaius

    Laurence Olivier


    3 Episodes

  5. Benedict Taylor as Antonius

    Benedict Taylor


    3 Episodes

  6. Gerry Sundquist as Clodius

    Gerry Sundquist


    3 Episodes

  7. Catriona MacColl as Julia

    Catriona MacColl


    3 Episodes

  8. Malcolm Jamieson


    3 Episodes

  9. Tony Anholt as Lepidus

    Tony Anholt


    3 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 1

1984 • 3 Episodes

Season 1 of The Last Days of Pompeii premiered on May 6, 1984.

Part 3

(1x3, May 8, 1984) Season Finale

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The Last Days of Pompeii
The Last Days of Pompeii


Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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