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The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friend," escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.

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'The Count of Monte Cristo' is a remake of the Alexander Dumas tale by the same name. Dantes, a sailor who is falsely accused of treason by his best friend Fernand, who wants Dantes' girlfriend Mercedes for himself. Dantes is imprisoned on the island prison of Chateau d'If for 13 years, where he plots revenge against those who betrayed him. With the help of another prisoner, he escapes the island and proceeds to transform himself into the wealthy Count of Monte Cristo as part of his plan to exact revenge. Written by Anna <annachan@amazon.com>

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Prepare for adventure. Count on revenge.


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Rated PG-13 for adventure violence/swordplay and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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25 January 2002 (USA)  »

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Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

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$11,376,150 (USA) (25 January 2002)

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$54,228,104 (USA) (14 June 2002)
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The name that Vampa gives Dantes, Zatarra, means driftwood in Burmese, the language of Myanmar. See more »

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On the island of Elba the Emperor addresses one of the English soldiers as "Lieutenant Graypool" twice when he is clearly wearing sergeant stripes. This name and rank also appears in the credits. See more »

Quotes

Dorleac: Now you're thinking, just now "Why me, O God?". The answer is, God has nothing to do with it. In fact, God is never in France this time of year.
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Spoofed in Studio C: Episode #7.13 (2017) See more »

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Excellent!
4 May 2003 | by (Cape Town, South Africa) – See all my reviews

I hired this one on a whim, remembering that i had seen the trailer and had been vaguely intrigued. I have to admit, having gone in with little expectation, i was flawed! This was one of the better movies that i have seen in a long time. Jim Caviezel's performance is slightly whiny to begin with, but in the context of the whole story, the reason therefore is appreciated and makes his transition and growth as a character that much more riveting to watch. I absolutely loved him as Edmund Dantes then the dynamic Count of Monte Cristo and cannot have imagined a better choice. He was definitely not bad on the eyes either. Every scene had him looking more dashing and more handsome than the one before.

Guy Pierce surprised me with a performance that was totally believable. His dry humour only made him more appealing, very well acted.

The entire epic, though long, never gives you the impression that you have been sitting still for ages. It moves along swiftly and always had me gripped, from the action, suspense, and even to the humour that was evident from time to time. The love story surprised me most of all. Instead of taking on a highly sexual slant, as all these new films do, it was understated, the female lead doing an admirable job of portraying the wounded lover, who has always longed for her Edmund. I loved the innocence that she managed to bring to the role, a really terrific actress and a really beautiful one as well.

Wonderfully scripted, exceptionally carried out! This has to be the best adaptation yet!

An emphatic 10!


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