Pompeii: The Last Day

2003, History  -   30 Comments
Ratings: 7.86/10 from 85 users.

Pompeii: The Last DayPompeii: The Last Day is a dramatized documentary that tells of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 24 August 79 AD.

This eruption covered the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in ash and pumice, killing all those trapped between the volcano and the sea. The documentary portrayed the different phases of the eruption, although the digitally created images of the city itself are not entirely accurate.

Step back in time and visit the vanished city on its last day, as the mighty volcano Vesuvius explodes in a 24-hour reign of terror. On August 24th, AD79, Pompeii's citizens witness day turning into night as 4 billion tons of pumice, rock, and ash burst forth from Vesuvius.

Pompeii: The Last Day uses archaeological evidence, including the writings of one survivor, to unravel the mystery of those final hours. Lavish special effects reconstruct each stage of Vesuvius's cataclysmic eruption and its impact on soldiers, slaves, families, and lovers as they struggle with the unfolding tragedy.

One of the greatest natural disasters - and most fateful days - comes to vivid life in this critically acclaimed dramatization.

30 Comments / User Reviews

    Gary V
  1. Gary V

    Personally I don't like these Docu-dramas, they should either be one or the other. The over dramatised parts distract you from learning the facts. If I wanted to watch a drama (which I don't) then I would watch a drama, I want to learn something, so just give me the facts.

  2. from212
  3. from212

    In that case read a book or watch a recorded lecture.

    ...Now I remember why I rarely comment on anything anymore.

    @Sam Ajami and anyone reading your comment will know what kind of judgmental person you are by judging someones "type" because of a single smart remark. Anyways say what you want I will no longer reply regardless what you have to say. My comment was meant in light hearted fun, your comment on the other hand was meant as a personal attack.

    @G4RY I was being sarcastic.

  4. Gary V
  5. Gary V

    I said that it is just my personal opinion. I hope that I don't put off anyone from watching it who likes this type of documentary, that was not my intention when I wrote my comment.

  6. g isaac
  7. g isaac

    This is very sad. Think of how many times this has occurred around the world over thousands of years but the stories were never told.

  8. g isaac
  9. g isaac

    I'm sure that many of the details were 'made-up' or dramatized but it doesn't discount the fact that a volcano erupted and killed thousands. Tragic!

  10. Sam Ajami
  11. Sam Ajami

    @from212... that was totally unnecessary.

    So no more comments from u?? Where will we get our useless, unhelpful, sarcastic one-liners?!
    For the record, it wasn't a personal "attack", I don't know u and I don't kno how it could possibly be personal. It was a comment on what you said, not on you who said it.

  12. Richie Cahill
  13. Richie Cahill

    I love docudramas as long as the acting is top notch. will watch this shortly.

  14. athenascurse
  15. athenascurse

    I think docudrama's are brilliant. they allow us to see through the eyes of those who were killed. the suffering that they endured so do we.

  16. Michael Fedoseyev
  17. Michael Fedoseyev

    Awesome Doc... Really enjoyed it... And imo, if the Dramatic parts are made well, they actual help you remember the facts, because you associate them better with actions (semantic processing)...

  18. roberto garcia
  19. roberto garcia

    go samm

  20. tmorizuka
  21. tmorizuka

    I visited the ruins of Pompeii last March (2011) . This documentary has given me a lot to understand what actually happened there on the fatal day.
    I always appreciate BBC's documentaries like this very much.

  22. TonyIII
  23. TonyIII

    Wow! This is an unforgetable Historial ecperience.It is all due to Pliney the younger's account.

  24. Layla Phelps
  25. Layla Phelps

    This must have been an incredibly scary experience. I loved that they reenacted it.

  26. Giorgi Merabishvili
  27. Giorgi Merabishvili

    The most interesting Documentary which I've ever seen!

  28. Ella Silver
  29. Ella Silver

    overdramatization notwithstanding (because these things TEND to be poorly acted..) are you telling me you are UNABLE to learn something unless it is laid out for you in a lesson-plan style?? That's very unfortunate. I'm sorry.

    You should watch Neanderthal. The acting is SUPERB and the facts are (were..) highly accurate for the time. It is a very factual and poignant documentary but the high-octane story that runs the length of it only serves to add horsepower to the facts. Not all docudramas are poorly acted.

  30. Ella Silver
  31. Ella Silver

    seeing the remains cuddled in each other's arms was pretty sad..

  32. pswill
  33. pswill

    The inexcusable flaw in this docudrama and absent in the narrative--all in order to instill an emphatic pessimistic gloom throughout the plot--is that these ancients had never seen or experienced an eruption before. NOT! The citizens had indeed experienced within living memory over a decade earlier in 63 AD an earthquake/eruption that had structurally weakened much of the city's buildings which had failed to be repaired by the time of the 79 entombment. Yes, it's costumes are exquisite, but with Pliny the Elder acting as though this was a novel, scientific phenomenon deserving study morphs it into pure pseudohistory.

  34. Deandra Myrie
  35. Deandra Myrie

    I totally do not understand. the volcano should be extint . it hasn't erupted in 1000 years. Well at least they were smart they had really sturdy buildings.

  36. Guest
  37. Guest

    Not extinct, the volcano is inactive.

  38. bayrat1
  39. bayrat1

    It erupted last around 1944.

  40. RodolfoLeonMartinez
  41. RodolfoLeonMartinez

    Excellent. Not only do you learn facts, your sucked into the story of the people that are based on what was found during the hundreds of years of excavation.

  42. Cody
  43. Cody

    You are wrong. In 63 AD was not an eruption of ash, rock, or magma but just a earthquake that destroyed buildings and bridges. They figured this as the gods being angry not having anything to do with a near by mountain which they did not know was a "mountain of fire."

  44. Kitty
  45. Kitty


  46. kevtheiceman
  47. kevtheiceman

    I blame the British for this

  48. Woodat
  49. Woodat

    If you are not yet sure where to go on holidays this coming summer, do consider Pompeii in Italy. Visiting Pompeii is an experience like no other... It is like walking the streets of Antiquity, a travel travel journey. I was there last week and came back wanting to go again. Absolutely amazing. I sometimes felt I was trespassing every time I entered their houses. Pompeii is that well preserved. -- A little further north is another excavated ancient Roman town, Herculaneum, just as amazing although I was amazed at how massive, how large Pompeii is. The arena, coliseum in Pompeii is 100 years older than the one in Rome and unlike Rome's Pompeii's arena is almost in pristine condition.

  50. Ipsa Ipsissima
  51. Ipsa Ipsissima

    What is a shame is that Pompeii, after sleeping for centuries under its protective covering, seems to be on its final death throes. What the volcano didn't do, incompetence, neglect and bureaucratic do-nothingness are sure to finish the job.

  52. Leigh taylor
  53. Leigh taylor

    Watched this three times love it.

  54. Wop
  55. Wop

    Prettygood as far as docos go

  56. Wop
  57. Wop

    Worth watching 8out of 10

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  59. bobwatersel

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