Defiant's crew is part of a fleet-wide movement to present a petition of grievances to the Admiralty. Violence must be no part of it. The continual sadism of Defiant's first officer makes ... See full summary »
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 ... See full summary »
Edmund 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 ... See full summary »
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 »
I happened to catch this on television recently and was riveted. I'd never read the book, only knowing the story at second hand (as I suppose everyone does) and I wanted to get the story clear in my mind. Of course the film had to simplify. A feature-length movie can't replicate all the details of a thousand-page novel, nor the one medium deal in quite the same effects as the other.
Another reviewer remarks that the writing and acting are "childish". I don't disagree; but I don't hold this against the movie. For its childishness is redeemed by being whole-heartedly within the story, with the childlike modesty to take the game they are playing seriously. There is no self-irony, no winking at the audience; no unspoken "Isn't this silly! Aren't we having a romp!". Such full engagement in a story of this kind today is almost unimaginable; it was already rare 35 years ago. What we usually expect is the movie's eagerness to flatter its audience with flippant appeals to its knowing sophistication.
Another pleasant feature of this film is some fine shots of the rocky Mediterranean coast and some splendid palatial interiors. The period costumes are a bit of a joke, though; they give the impression of 1820s styles re-interpreted in 1970s candy-colored polyester. Anachronisms also occasionally jar, as when a French courtroom during the Bourbon restoration is shown festooned with the revolutionary tricolor.
But on the whole this is a well paced, engaging movie. Not great, but well worth seeing, if you're prepared to take it on its own unsophisticated terms.
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