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The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

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

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Kevin Reynolds

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Alexandre Dumas (novel) (as Alexandre Dumas père), Jay Wolpert (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Caviezel ... Edmond Dantes
Guy Pearce ... Fernand Mondego
Richard Harris ... Abbé Faria
James Frain ... J.F. Villefort
Dagmara Dominczyk ... Mercedès Iguanada
Michael Wincott ... Armand Dorleac
Luis Guzmán ... Jacopo
Christopher Adamson ... Maurice
JB Blanc ... Luigi Vampa
Guy Carleton Guy Carleton ... Mansion Owner
Alex Norton ... Napoleon
Barry Cassin Barry Cassin ... Old Man Dantes
Henry Cavill ... Albert Mondego
Zahara Moufid ... Holga (as Zhara) (credit only)
Brendan Costello Brendan Costello ... Viscount
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Storyline

'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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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,376,150, 27 January 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$54,234,062

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$75,395,048
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The white polka dot dress with ornate floral pattern on the bodice that Dagmara Dominczyk (Mercedès Iguanada) wears at the office of Monsieur Villefort is the same costume Julia Sawalha (Lydia Bennet) wears while observing Wickham horse riding in Pride and Prejudice (1995), and Ruby Bentall (Mary Bennet) wears to the Meryton Assembly Ball in Lost in Austen (2008). See more »

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There is a brass and copper diving helmet in Mr. Morrel's office in 1813. The first patent for a "hard hat" or copper-collar type dive system wasn't granted until 1823. See more »

Quotes

Gendarmes Captain: [in the prison carriage, Villefort finds a pistol on the seat] A courtesy for a gentleman.
[glancing through the bars, Villefort sees Dantes outside; he puts the gun in his mouth, but the hammer falls on an empty chamber]
Count of Monte Cristo: You didn't think I'd make it that easy, did you?
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Alternate Versions

The UK version had 6 seconds cut by the BBFC to earn a PG certificate instead of a 15. The cuts were to two shots of a man being hung. See more »

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Prepare for adventure. Count on enjoying this.
23 April 2002 | by Aidan McGuinnessSee all my reviews

"The Count of Monte Cristo" is exactly what I expected it to be - entertaining. A classic? No. However it's far from a dud, and you could do a lot worse if you want to whittle away a bit of time watching a movie.

The movie version of the book leaves a bare bones plot, which is quite simple. Edmond Dantes (James Caviezel) is falsely imprisoned for treason, having been blackmailed by his friend Fernand Mondego (Guy Pearce) who covets Dantes' wife-to-be. Queue languishment in prison where he plots his escape and his ultimate revenge on Dantes in a highly fashionable style.

This movie is a neat little adaptation of the novel, seeing as it manages to retain some great pacing on screen. At times, admittedly, you feel there's certain pieces rushed (particularly towards the end as Dantes' plan unveils), but since it suffices to keep the story moving along swiftly that's OK. The script is nice and witty - there's a real sense of fun permeating the movie. While Caviezel is a serious actor, Guy Pearce is obviously loving his role as the dastardly Mondego, hamming and camping it up with a glee that's delightful to behold - he steals the screen every time he's on it. Other members of the cast similarily light up the movie, particularly Luis Guzmán as Dantes' side-kick Jacopo, and a wonderful turn by Richard Harris as the high-camp -prison-warder Abbé Faria (I found him hilariously nasty).

The direction on the movie is nice and smooth - there's no need for any fancy trickery here on the part of Kevin Reynolds. Indeed the smooth almost gentle nature of it all, including well paced sword fights, is a nice change from some of the more overly-excessive energetic work of today's movies.

Is the movie perfect? No. It's not smart enough, or quite well made enough for that. But it is a hell of a lot of fun, and most certainly enjoyable - and that's often all you want. With it's great sense of fun, and some lovely performances throughout, it's a worthwhile diversion for a while. I'll give it a 7.8.


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