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      The Last Days of Pompeii

      Released Oct 18, 1935 1h 36m History Drama List
      Reviews 36% Audience Score 250+ Ratings A blacksmith (Preston Foster) becomes a gladiator and Pontius Pilate's (Basil Rathbone) partner, then sees Vesuvius erupt and finds Christ. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Grant Watson Fiction Machine This is a somewhat flawed film, but when it excels it does so with style. Rated: 6/10 Apr 21, 2022 Full Review Harold V. Cohen Pittsburgh Post-Gazette A fairly decent piece of fiction. Nov 19, 2020 Full Review Meyer Levin (Patterson Murphy) Esquire Magazine Basil Rathbone's incisive, worldly portrayal of Pontius Pilate is the most notable characterization in the film. Other players are adequate. Apr 21, 2020 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Pulpy sword and sandal film, whose highlight is filming the eruption of Vesuvius. Rated: C+ Aug 3, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      CodyZamboni This movie mash up combines a religious story, a disaster movie, and gladiator epic, It's never boring. The acting is lame, but I did like the main character's story arc, his rise, fall, and rise again. But it's the gladiator fighting and volcano disaster action with remarkable minature fx destruction, that I'll remember best. Movie was made by the same producer as King Kong, Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/27/23 Full Review Audience Member The best thrilling movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Forget how silly the acting seemed and try to understand film making in its beginning and only then will you be able to appreciate this movie. As someone who enjoyed reading/knowing who some of Hollywood’s famous actors were back in the day, it was cool recognizing Basil Rathbone and Allen Hale Sr. For its time, I thought the special effects in the end were great! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/19 Full Review Audience Member Pulpy sword and sandal film, whose highlight is filming the eruption of Vesuvius. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member The love triangles are the actual story, and Vesuvius's eruption is merely the conclusion. This movie is fairly slow and the payoff wasn't as big as expected, even for a silent movie. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member An ok historical drama of the days leading up to the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed this roman city Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis A blacksmith (Preston Foster) becomes a gladiator and Pontius Pilate's (Basil Rathbone) partner, then sees Vesuvius erupt and finds Christ.
      Director
      Ernest B. Schoedsack
      Producer
      Merian C. Cooper
      Screenwriter
      Ruth Rose, James Ashmore Creelman, Melville Baker
      Production Co
      RKO Pictures
      Genre
      History, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 18, 1935, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 21, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 36m
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