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The Count of Monte-Cristo (1975)

TV Movie  |  Not Rated  |   |  Adventure, Drama, History  |  10 January 1975 (USA)
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A young officer, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friends," escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.

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A TV adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel. Edmond Dantes is falsely accused by those jealous of his good fortune, and is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the notorious island prison, Chateau d'If. While imprisoned, he meets the Abbe Faria, a fellow prisoner whom everyone believes to be mad. The Abbe tells Edmond of a fantastic treasure hidden away on a tiny island, that only he knows the location of. After many years in prison, the old Abbe dies, and Edmond escapes disguised as the dead body. Now free, Edmond must find the treasure the Abbe told him of, so he can use the new-found wealth to exact revenge on those who have wronged him. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The classic tale of romance, revenge and retribution.


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Also Known As:

El conde de Monte Cristo  »

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First English-speaking film of Taryn Power, who also received an "introducing" credit. See more »

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When the jailers throw the body into the sea from the Chateau D'If, rocks are seen below, but when the body splashes into the water, there are no rocks, only the fortified walls of the Chateau are seen at water level. See more »

Quotes

Fernand Mondego: You've done it exceedingly well, the way you expose us one by one and then you
[draws his aide's sword]
Fernand Mondego: strike! You ruin a man with exquisite finesse, but before you kick THIS dog to death beware!
[he throws the sword to Monte Cristo]
Edmond Dantes: [catches the sword] He barks.
Fernand Mondego: [drawing his own sword] Bites! For having ruined me, you now give me cause for revenge! I claim the right to send the dead back to the dead! Can you defend yourself, Edmond, or do you stab only in the dark?
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An excellent version but not the novel. (See also my comments for 2002 version)
11 April 2007 | by (Central City, Kentucky) – See all my reviews

As I have stated elsewhere this was a well made adaptation of the Dumas work, but it is not the novel, which is not this feature's fault. Neither have any of the other American versions that I have seen. With the novel the are so many layers of subtlety and subtext in Edmond Dante's search for revenge, and they are not present here.

That having been said Richard Chamberlain obviously attacks this role with his usual relish and reveals why he has become one of the top picks for many TV mini-series) Trevor Howard gives a reverent and subtle performance as the Abbe Faria. Donald Pleasance and Louis Jordan are both excellent in their roles as well. Tony Curtis is the souring of the milk as it were. His Count Mondego is just not that believable. While I esteem him in many of his roles over the years he was horribly miscast here. The rest of this cast were well picked and the adventure is there. Actually it is a well done feature considering it had to be made on a television program budget. A better script and big screen budget might have taken this film much further. Still, it is worth a watch. I give it nine thumbs up.


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