Count Of Monte Cristo

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Overview

Gerard Depardieu stars in this made-for-TV adaptation of the classic adventure story by Alexandre Dumas. Edmond Depardieu has been held in a French prison for nearly 20 years for daring to love Mercedes Naike Rivelli, a woman who has also been wooed by a man in power, Mondego Jean Rochefort. When Abbe Georges Moustaki, a close friend and fellow prison inmate, is about to die, he tells Edmond of a fortune that he has hidden on the outside. Edmond escapes, finds the money, and assumes the identity of the Count of ...
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Overview

Gerard Depardieu stars in this made-for-TV adaptation of the classic adventure story by Alexandre Dumas. Edmond Depardieu has been held in a French prison for nearly 20 years for daring to love Mercedes Naike Rivelli, a woman who has also been wooed by a man in power, Mondego Jean Rochefort. When Abbe Georges Moustaki, a close friend and fellow prison inmate, is about to die, he tells Edmond of a fortune that he has hidden on the outside. Edmond escapes, finds the money, and assumes the identity of the Count of Monte Cristo. "The Count" uses his new wealth as part of a plan to bring down the men who helped keep him behind bars for so long -- Mondego, his henchman Danglars Michel Aumont, and Count Morcef Stanislas Merhar. Produced for French television by a consortium of French, German, and Italian production houses, this version of The Count of Monte Cristo received its American premier on the Bravo cable network.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
Portly Gérard Depardieu squeezes into his role as a dashing swashbuckler in this eight-hour-plus adaptation of an Alexandre Dumas novel. The made-for-TV film directed by Josée Dayan received high ratings when it debuted on French television in 1998. Depardieu portrays Edmond Dantes, who changes his identity to the Count of Monte Cristo in order to undo those who wronged him. As the count, Depardieu wears a wardrobe of disguises, such as a bulbous nose and the garb of a priest, none of which should fool anyone -- but do. His disguises are reminiscent of those of Peter Sellers playing Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther films, but Depardieu is deadly serious -- perhaps too serious -- for his role. Another problem is pacing. In its effort to do justice to the 800-page novel and probe the psyches of the characters, the film includes so many details that the action occasionally bogs down in a subplot or a lengthy conversation. On the positive side, Depardieu exhibits the magnetism and stage presence that served him well in other French historical dramas, such as Danton, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Balzac. Moreover, he receives excellent support from the rest of the cast, including Pierre Arditi as Villefort, the prosecutor who helps imprison him; Ornella Muti as Mercedes, the woman he loves but loses; Sergio Rubini as Petruccio, the count's faithful valet; and Jean Rochefort and Michel Aumont as Fernando Mondego and Baron Danglars, respectively, the men who betray Dantes. Finally, the costumes and sets are excellent, bringing the Napoleonic era to life as the camera follows Dantes' adventures in Paris, Marseilles, Naples, and Malta. The dialogue is in French with English subtitles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/6/2005
  • UPC: 741952307693
  • Original Release: 1998
  • Source: Koch Lorber Films
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 6:54:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 22,352

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gérard Depardieu Edmond Dantes
Ornella Muti
Jean Rochefort
Georges Moustaki
Michel Aumont
Stanislas Merhar
Technical Credits
Josée Dayan Director
Jacques Bar Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Count of Monte Cristo
1. Revenge [10:53]
2. Danger Is Everywhere [5:28]
3. Monte Cristo Island [12:49]
4. Confession [15:29]
5. The Pharaon [:52]
6. Luigi Vampa [14:17]
7. Mazzolata [:31]
8. Paris/Credits [14:49]
1. "Welcome Count" [13:51]
2. The Death Penalty [13:08]
3. In Search of a Woman [:19]
4. Future Mistress [12:55]
5. The Telegram [13:08]
6. A Secret Revealed [2:06]
7. Waiting for Love [14:26]
8. Forgotten Son/Credits [13:47]
Disc #2 -- The Count of Monte Cristo
1. Her Place in Hell [16:22]
2. Witness [13:41]
3. Married [15:24]
4. Thieves [:30]
5. No Secrets [9:32]
6. Valentine's in Danger [21:03]
7. The Antidote [8:45]
8. Tomorrow/Credits [1:35]
1. Count De Morcef [8:01]
2. Face of the Enemy [:29]
3. Taste of the Rain [16:23]
4. Fernand [14:15]
5. Three Murders [15:07]
6. Edmond Dantes [8:21]
7. Have Mercy [14:45]
8. Reunited/Credits [5:02]
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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    In my opinion.

    In my opinion this is the greatest movie of all time.I have watched this movie countless times and still am fascinated by it.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    In a nutshell...

    This is the most faithful adaptation to-date. I recommend it if you love the book, but are consistently disappointed in adaptations of it.

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