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The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

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


Kevin Reynolds


Alexandre Dumas (novel) (as Alexandre Dumas père), Jay Wolpert (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Caviezel ... Edmond Dantes
Guy Pearce ... Fernand Mondego
Richard Harris ... Abbé Faria
James Frain ... J.F. Villefort
Dagmara Dominczyk ... Mercedès Iguanada
Michael Wincott ... Armand Dorleac
Luis Guzmán ... Jacopo
Christopher Adamson ... Maurice
JB Blanc ... Luigi Vampa
Guy Carleton Guy Carleton ... Mansion Owner
Alex Norton ... Napoleon
Barry Cassin Barry Cassin ... Old Man Dantes
Henry Cavill ... Albert Mondego
Zahara Moufid ... Holga (as Zhara) (credit only)
Brendan Costello Brendan Costello ... Viscount


'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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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UK | USA | Ireland



Release Date:

25 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo See more »


Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,376,150, 27 January 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The red paisley waistcoat Luis Guzmán (Jacopo) wears in the final scene is the same costume Chris Gorell Barnes wears in The Regency House Party (2004), Dan Stevens (Edward Ferrars) wears for Edward's arrival at Norland in Sense & Sensibility (2008), and JJ Feild (Fred Garland) wears in The Shadow in the North (2007). See more »


A storage area of stacked bales of hay can be seen in the background during the final fight. Hay wire was not invented until 1905. Prior to that, hay was piled into stacks and stored in barns. See more »


Dorleac: Come on, come on, I haven't got all day... wait. Actually, I do. I've got...
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Alternate Versions

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 »


Referenced in The Tudors (2007) See more »

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Love the Movie? Read the Book!
3 July 2004 | by bri0519See all my reviews

You've just rented or bought "The Count of Monte Cristo" and enjoyed it. But guess what? It gets better! If you hadn't noticed yet (hopefully you have), this movie is based off of a famous book by Alexandre Dumas. My interest in this movie was sparked because I actually read the book beforehand. I never even knew there was a film version of it until I mentioned my love for the book to a friend who informed me of the recently released movie that she too liked. I did in fact enjoy the movie, but it disappointed me slightly. The book is very much different from the movie. The plot and list of characters were simplified to (in my opinion) make the movie easier to understand and to keep it from being 3+ hours long. If you liked the plot twists and interesting characters in this movie, I must insist you try reading the book. Sure, it's very long and intricate, but if you keep on your toes and keep all of the details in check, you will absolutely love it! You will meet other characters who play a role in Dantes' downfall and a sweet love story (involving characters that do not even exist in the movie!) will unfold. Dantes will take on other roles not seen in the movie. It is truly an incredible piece of work written so many years ago by Alexandre Dumas. Again I say, the movie was indeed good, but the book is better. Please try it!

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