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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.



(novel) (as Alexandre Dumas père), (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Edmond Dantes
... Fernand Mondego
... Abbé Faria
... J.F. Villefort
... Mercedès Iguanada
... Armand Dorleac
... Jacopo
... Maurice
... Luigi Vampa
Guy Carleton ... Mansion Owner
... Napoleon
Barry Cassin ... Old Man Dantes
... Albert Mondego
... Holga (as Zhara) (credit only)
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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Release Date:

25 January 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo  »


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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dagmara Dominczyk (Mercedes) is only seven years older than Henry Cavill, who plays her son (Albert). See more »


The scene when Jacapo finds Edmond sleeping on the floor and asks if the scars on his back hurt, Edmond replies that after thirteen years of sleeping on a slab... The next scene Mondego's son exclaims that he is nearly sixteen years old. If he really is Edmond's son then he would have been born almost three years before Edmond was sent to prison. See more »


Dorleac: And if you're thinking just now 'Why me, oh God?' the answer is: God has nothing to do with it. In fact, God is never in France this time of year.
Edmond: God has everything to do with it. He's everywhere. He sees everything.
Dorleac: Alright. Let's make a bargain, shall we? You ask God for help and I'll stop the moment he shows up.
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Version of Monte Cristo (1929) See more »

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Love the Movie? Read the Book!
3 July 2004 | by See 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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