'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
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Dantes was supposed to be away for over sixteen years. He says he was in Chateau D'If for 13 years, and then when he pulls into Marsailles with Vampa, it says 'Three Months Later' Should be three years. That would explain that it took him nine or so months to study his enemies and become the Count. See more »
I bid you good afternoon, sir. I am here to purchase your lovely home.
The very cheek! I shall have you horsewhipped! Now get off my property, you vagabond, before I set the dogs on you, you hear?
[Jacapo lowers the wagon lid and reveals the treasure. The mansion owner sobers up. Cut to a short time later, as the mansion owner, sitting in the driver's seat of the wagon, hands Jacopo the deed and the keys to the house]
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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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