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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.

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Kevin Reynolds

Writers:

Alexandre Dumas (novel) (as Alexandre Dumas père), Jay Wolpert (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Adamson ... Maurice
JB Blanc ... Luigi Vampa
Guy Carleton ... Mansion Owner
Barry Cassin Barry Cassin ... Old Man Dantes
Jim Caviezel ... Edmond
Henry Cavill ... Albert Mondego
Briana Corrigan Briana Corrigan ... Casino Prostitute
Brendan Costello Brendan Costello ... Viscount
Mairead Devlin Mairead Devlin ... Partygoer No. 2 (as Maireid Devlin)
Dagmara Dominczyk ... Mercedes
Stella Feeley Stella Feeley ... Partygoer No. 3
James Frain ... Villefort
Patrick Godfrey ... Morrell
Luis Guzmán ... Jacopo (as Luis Guzman)
Zahara Moufid ... Holga (as Zhara) (credit only)
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'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 Anna <annachan@amazon.com>

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Prepare for adventure. Count on revenge.


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Rated PG-13 for adventure violence/swordplay and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Guy Pearce was originally offered the role of Edmond Dantes. See more »

Goofs

When Edmond and Abbe are crawling through the tunnel. Abbe's breath blows out his candle as he is talking to Edmpnd. The camera switches to Edmond as they are talking then back to Abbe. The candle is alight. Yet no sound of striking match or tinderbox can be heard. See more »

Quotes

Edmond: So you were in Napoleon's army.
Abbe Faria: We had such dreams then. However, one night... my regiment ran down a band of guerillas, who ran into a church for sanctuary. I was ordered to burn down the church with them inside it.
Edmond: Did you?
Abbe Faria: To my everlasting shame, I did.
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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 »

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Box Office does not equal greatness in this case
8 July 2003 | by T-MACKSee all my reviews

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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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alexandre Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,376,150, 27 January 2002

Gross USA:

$54,234,062

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$75,395,048
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1.85 : 1
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