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The Count of Monte-Cristo (1975)

A young officer, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friends," escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.

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David Greene

Writers:

Sidney Carroll (screenplay), Alexandre Dumas (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Chamberlain ... Edmond Dantes
Trevor Howard ... Abbe Faria
Louis Jourdan ... De Villefort
Donald Pleasence ... Danglars
Tony Curtis ... Fernand Mondego
Kate Nelligan ... Mercedes
Angelo Infanti Angelo Infanti ... Jacopo
Harold Bromley Harold Bromley ... M. Morrell
George Willing George Willing ... Andre Morrell
Alessio Orano Alessio Orano ... Caderousse
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... M. Dantes
Dominic Barto Dominic Barto ... Bertuccio
Harry Baird ... Ali
Isabelle De Valvert Isabelle De Valvert ... Haydee (as Isabelle de Valvert)
Taryn Power Taryn Power ... Valentine De Villefort
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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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Country:

UK | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El conde de Monte Cristo See more »

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Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)
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(theatrical) | (theatrical) | (PAL DVD) | (US pay cable)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Actress Taryn Power and actress Kate Nelligan both received 'introducing' credits. See more »

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After Caderousse punches his nemesis, the guy drops his cane down the stairs, yet when the camera shows him laying on the ground, he is still holding it. See more »

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Fernand Mondego: [Dantes has confronted Mondego at Mondego's trial after Haydee has testified against him] What is your connection with this woman?
Edmond Dantes: Ask first what is my connection with one named... Edmond Dantes.
Fernand Mondego: Edmond! So... the light begins to break! Our sailor boy back from the isle of the dead, eh?Insisting on his revenge and getting it! I begin to see, yes! Caderousse dead. Danglars dead. Villefort confined to an asylum. Is it my turn, Edmond?
Edmond Dantes: It is.
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Richard Chamberlain is Up for the Count
1 March 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In this "classic tale of injustice, revenge and ultimate retribution," according to the DVD description, "Edmond Dantes is about to marry the love of his life and become a Captain in the Navy until he is falsely accused of conspiracy and is sent to the hellish island fortress of Monte Cristo. Locked away from his perfect life, he feels only hatred and revenge towards the perpetrators of this horrible injustice, but can see no way of exacting his revenge...

"Told of a secret treasure by a dying prisoner, Dantes finds a new hope and escapes to find the treasure. Now with a fortune, he assumes the identity of the wealthy and influential Count of Monte Cristo. Here, he seeks his revenge using his enemies' greed and corruption to bring about their ultimate downfall."

This is a handsomely mounted ITC-TV production of the frequently adapted Alexandre Dumas classic. There are some hair and make-up distractions, but most of it looks nice, at least.

Richard Chamberlain performs the leading role with focus and style. Of his quartet of veteran co-stars, Trevor Howard (the Abbe Faria) is most impressive. The younger cast includes an early Kate Nelligan (as Mercedes) and the grown-up Dominic Guard (as Albert) kid from "The Go-Between" (1970). But, with piercing sword and courtroom play, the lesser known Carlo Puri (as Benedetto) makes the most memorable impression.

****** The Count of Monte-Cristo (1/10/75) David Greene ~ Richard Chamberlain, Carlo Puri, Kate Nelligan, Trevor Howard


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