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The Count of Monte Cristo 

Le Comte de Monte Cristo (original title)
The Classic tale from Alexandre Dumas. Edmond Dantes is unjustly sent to prison for 18 years. He escapes to reclaim his fiancée Mercedes and revenge against his nemesis, Mondego.
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 Abbé Busoni / ... (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Mercedes (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Fernand De Morcerf (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Villefort (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Bertuccio (4 episodes, 1998)
Florence Darel ...
 Camille De La Richardais (4 episodes, 1998)
Christopher Thompson ...
 Maximilien Morrel (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Albert De Morcerf (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Valentine De Villefort (4 episodes, 1998)
Hélène Vincent ...
 Heloise De Villefort (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Baron Danglars (4 episodes, 1998)
Constanze Engelbrecht ...
 Hermine Danglars (4 episodes, 1998)
Georges Moustaki ...
 Abbe Faria (4 episodes, 1998)
Roland Blanche ...
 Caderousse (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Pere Morrel (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Haydee (4 episodes, 1998)
Serge Merlin ...
 Noirtier De Villefort (4 episodes, 1998)
Jean-Marc Thibault ...
 Barrois (4 episodes, 1998)
Thierry de Peretti ...
 Toussaint (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Beauchamp (4 episodes, 1998)
Frédéric Gorny ...
 Chateau Renaud (4 episodes, 1998)
Stéphan Guérin-Tillié ...
 Franz D'Epinay (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Edmond Dantes Jeune (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Mercedes Jeune (4 episodes, 1998)
Julien Rochefort ...
 Fernand Mondego Jeune (4 episodes, 1998)
Dimitri Rataud ...
 Danglars Jeune (4 episodes, 1998)
Michel Bompoil ...
 Villefort Jeune (4 episodes, 1998)
Arthur Nauzyciel ...
 Caderousse Jeune (4 episodes, 1998)
Didier Lesour ...
 Boville (4 episodes, 1998)
Daniel Martin ...
 Docteur D'avrigny (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Madame De Saint Meran (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Cocles (4 episodes, 1998)
Mattia Sbragia ...
 Luigi Vampa (4 episodes, 1998)
Ubaldo Lo Presti ...
 Pepino (4 episodes, 1998)
Sergio Fiorentini ...
 Le Juge Simonetti (4 episodes, 1998)
Gianni D'Ambrosio ...
 Jeppe (4 episodes, 1998)
Annick Alane ...
 Vieille Femme (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Directeur Banque Thomson & French / ... (4 episodes, 1998)
Max Vialle ...
 Vieil Ermite (4 episodes, 1998)
Michèle Bardollet ...
 La Carconte (4 episodes, 1998)
Hichem Rostom ...
 Muhammad (4 episodes, 1998)
Renato Nicolini ...
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Luc Delhumeau ...
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Serge Marquand ...
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Dominique Besnehard ...
 Avocat De La Defense (4 episodes, 1998)
Eric Averlant ...
 Maitre De Poste (4 episodes, 1998)
Adrienne Pauly ...
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Alain Frérot ...
 Abbe Lavoisie (4 episodes, 1998)
Laurent Gauthier ...
 Appariteur Squelette (4 episodes, 1998)
Emanuel Booz ...
 Louis Philippe (4 episodes, 1998)
Alain Ganas ...
 Notaire Du Mariage (4 episodes, 1998)
Jean-Louis Grinfeld ...
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François Chatriot ...
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Thomas Badek ...
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Claude-Bernard Perot ...
 Geolier #2 (4 episodes, 1998)
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Mariolina De Fano ...
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Roland Munter ...
 Joueur Tarot 1 (4 episodes, 1998)
Patrick Bordier ...
 Joueur Tarot 2 (4 episodes, 1998)
Pierre Forest ...
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Christian Ameri ...
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Roberto Corcione ...
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Jean-Luc Aujar ...
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Pierre-Marie Rochefort-Schneider ...
 Majordome Morcerf (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Financier Danglars 2 (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Financier Danglars 3 (4 episodes, 1998)
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Raymond Gil ...
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Gianni Rossi ...
 Marin Longue Vue (4 episodes, 1998)
Francesco Zimone ...
 Marin Lorgnette (4 episodes, 1998)
Cesare Apolito ...
 Planton Morrel (4 episodes, 1998)
Ciro Capano ...
 Officier Execution Naples (4 episodes, 1998)
Philippe Clay ...
 Chanteur Complainte (4 episodes, 1998)
Franck Tordjman ...
 Officier Execution Paris (4 episodes, 1998)
Gilles Treton ...
 Matelot Fecamp (4 episodes, 1998)
David Saracino ...
 Grouillot Messager (4 episodes, 1998)
Jean-Michel Lahmi ...
 Cocher Maximilien (4 episodes, 1998)
Henri Abrard ...
 Lanceur De Couteau (4 episodes, 1998)
Laurent Arnal ...
 Cocher Morcerf (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Mere Superieure (4 episodes, 1998)
Fabien Béhar ...
 Client Danglars 2 (4 episodes, 1998)
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 Maitre De Ceremonie (4 episodes, 1998)
Bernard Garnier ...
 Pair #1 (4 episodes, 1998)
Christophe Le Masne ...
 Palefrenier Morcerf (4 episodes, 1998)
Philippe Lehembre ...
 Pair #3 (4 episodes, 1998)
Stéphane Midavaine ...
 Commis Danglars (4 episodes, 1998)
Rodolphe Pauly ...
 Hassan (4 episodes, 1998)
Yves Penay ...
 Majordome Villefort (4 episodes, 1998)
Sylvie Pierron ...
 Femme De Charme Morcerf (4 episodes, 1998)
André Raffard ...
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Brigina Rainho ...
 Assistante Magicien (4 episodes, 1998)
Jérome Rebbot ...
 Homme De Quart 'Jeune Amelie' (4 episodes, 1998)
Christiane Rorato ...
 Gervaise Rebuffet (4 episodes, 1998)
Vincent Scarito ...
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Marco Stefanelli ...
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Alain Stern ...
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Karin Swenson ...
 Servante Villefort (4 episodes, 1998)
Corinne Thézier ...
 Couturiere Mercedes (4 episodes, 1998)
Stéphane Boucher ...
 Capitaine Jeune Amelie (3 episodes, 1998)
Fréderic Hardy ...
 Cocher Mercedes (3 episodes, 1998)
Hugues Dalmagro ...
 Chef Escadron Gendarmerie (3 episodes, 1998)
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A TV mini-series 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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Guillaume Depardieu and Julien Rochefort both play younger versions of characters played by their fathers, Gérard Depardieu and Jean Rochefort. Naike Rivelli, who plays the young Mercedes, is the daughter of Ornella Muti, who plays the older Mercedes. See more »

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Probably the best adaptation of this story we're going to get.
17 March 2004 | by (Philadelphia) – See all my reviews

Eight hours allows for a greater presentation of the many subplots and complexities of the storyline. Depardieu (once you get past his size) is excellent as the Count, a man who, as the reviewer from Amazon says, exchanges one prison for another, a prison of his own hatred. The cast is general is very good and convincing, with Ornella Muti certainly the definitive Mercedes. Set design and production values are excellent.

I have only two criticisms. The first and more minor one is that even this long adaptation doesn't have everything. They couldn't, of course, portray everything -- the book itself is well over 1,000 pages and in truth has padded sections -- but some worthwhile aspects of the story were cut, most notably early sequences with the Abbe Faria (who teaches Dante how to read and write) a very famous part that's usually included in dramatizations of the story. The ending, too, is happier than Dumas's. (I should add that some sequences were very sensibly cut).

A more serious criticism is that Dantes's character is too soft. Depardieu is a fine actor but his portrayal allows Dantes to come off far more sympathetic than I think Dumas intended. The coldness and bloodthirstiness of the Count is not emphasized as much as it might (one sequence at an execution has a very different spin from the way it's presented in the book, for example), nor is the extent of his hatred. This is a real flaw, partly because it makes light of the theme of the story, the effect of revenge on the revenger, and partly because the climax is not as effective if we're already on Dantes side. The flaw here is not with Depardieu, who does his job admirably, but rather with the screenwriter and director.

As such, I can't call this the definitive version -- a little more courage on the screenwriter and director's part would've done wonders. Still, it's probably the best we're going to get. It's hard to imagine anybody else lavishing this kind of care and attention on the story.


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