Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California's pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Don Alejandro de la Vega (Antonio Banderas) and his wife, Elena (Catherine Zeta-Jones), to take action.
'The Count of Monte Cristo' is an adaptation 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
Shooting the final scene was actually done in two parts, and was originally shot in autumn. However, the grass was very brown, so they decided to reshoot everything in spring. If you look closely, you can briefly see some of the brown grass directly behind Count Mondego (Guy Pierce). See more »
During the cliffs scene at the beginning, Mercedes proclaims her love for Dantes despite his inability to afford an engagement ring. So she snaps off a piece of whatever fabric was used in the day, a natural fabric such as wool, cotton, silk or hemp, and ties it round her finger, vowing to never remove it. After the two reunite 16 years later, this thin, flimsy thread of fabric is said to have never come off. Even some METALS don't hold up for 16 years, much less fabric, and even more so a natural or animal fabric vs. Today's man made ones. See more »
We're drinking Napoleon Bonaparte's wine!
[Walking in behind Edmond and Fernand, surprising them]
I believe you'll find the 1806 a finer vintage.
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The UK version had 6 seconds cut by the BBFC to earn a PG certificate instead of a 15. The cuts were to two shots of a man being hung. See more »
"The Count of Monte Cristo" (2002), a contempo back-to-basics treatment of the famous Dumas novel for new generations, spins its tale of passion and revenge with all the glory and melodrama of Hollywood's golden years. Full of lavish costuming, sumptuous sets, beautiful locations, dashing men, a gorgeous damsel, dank dungeons, the ever popular swashbuckling (whatever that is) etc., all supported with a classic story makes for 2+ hours of solid entertainment. Who could ask for more? Kick back and enjoy this fun adventure flick worth a trip to the video store. (A-)
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