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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:
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)
Joe Hanley Joe Hanley ... Partygoer No. 1


'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>

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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Did You Know?


Screenwriter Jay Wolpert came up with the idea, not present in the novel, that Fernand Mondego (Guy Pearce) and Edmond Dantes (Jim Caviezel) started out as best friends. His logic was that it would work better as a "buddy" film that turned sinister. Wolpert believed that when a friendship soured, the hate generated was both more terrible and more believable. See more »


During the lavish party at the new home purchased by Dantes, as Jacopo introduces him as the Count of Monte Cristo, he is standing behind a wrought iron fence with the Roman numerals MDCCCLXXV (1875) but the movie is set in the late 1820s. See more »


Edmond: Monseuir, I know you must hear this a great deal; I assure you I am innocent. Everyone must say that, I know, but I truly am.
Dorleac: Innocent?
Edmond: Yes.
Dorleac: I know. I really do know.
Edmond: You mock me?
Dorleac: No, my dear Dantes. I know perfectly well that you are innocent. Why else would you be here? If you were truly guilty, there are a hundred prisons in France where they would lock you away. But Chateau d'If is where is they put the ones they're ashamed of.
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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 »


Spoofed in Studio C: Episode #7.6 (2016) 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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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

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1.85 : 1
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