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The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  25 January 2002 (USA)
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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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'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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$54,228,104 (USA) (14 June 2002)

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Did You Know?


Jay Wolpert came up with the idea, not present in the novel, that Mondego and Dantes started out as best friends. His logic was that it would work better as a 'buddy' film that turned sinister. Wolpert believed that when a friendship soured, the hate generated was both more terrible and more believable. See more »


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 »


Fernand: We're drinking Napoleon Bonaparte's wine!
Napoleon: [Walking in behind Edmond and Fernand, surprising them] I believe you'll find the 1806 a finer vintage.
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Version of The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) See more »

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Box Office does not equal greatness in this case
8 July 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Count of Monte Cristo is such an under-rated gem. Great performances, exciting story, and a fun wit, this film has everything that was terrific in Dumas' original novel and then twists it all up to adapt perfectly to the screen but doesn't stray to far.

But is perfectly to strong a word? Of course not. Monte Cristo boasts the talent of both Guy Pearce and Jim Caviezal as former friends who have turned against each other in the epic-set Napoleanic French era. As Caviezal grows more throughout the film, Pearce becomes more and more a monster basking in his own greed.

The late Richard Harris is very bold in one of his final performances and Luis Guzman is perfect as Monte Cristos right-hand man.

See this film and reccomend it. It truly deserves better than what audiences gave it last year.

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