Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

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Director: Kevin Reynolds

Cast: James Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Dagmara Dominczyk

     
 

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The classic tale of swashbuckling adventure by the senior Alexandre Dumas comes to the screen in its umpteenth incarnation, this time from Kevin Reynolds, directing his first feature in five years. James Caviezel stars as Edmond Dantes, an honest sailor who plans to marry his beautiful lover Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk). Edmond doesn't know that his best friend

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The classic tale of swashbuckling adventure by the senior Alexandre Dumas comes to the screen in its umpteenth incarnation, this time from Kevin Reynolds, directing his first feature in five years. James Caviezel stars as Edmond Dantes, an honest sailor who plans to marry his beautiful lover Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk). Edmond doesn't know that his best friend Fernand Mondego (Guy Pearce) secretly desires Mercedes for himself and schemes with fallen aristocrat Villefort (James Frain) to frame Edmond for a crime he didn't commit. Sentenced to life on the remote island prison of D'If, Edmond becomes consumed by plans for revenge. Thirteen years pass and he meets a fellow innocent convict, Abbe Faria (Richard Harris), who becomes Edmond's mentor in swordfighting, finance, and escape, confiding that a vast treasure awaits a discoverer on the island of Monte Cristo. Eventually, Edmond is able to get away using Faria's tunnels and makes his way to Monte Cristo, where he retrieves the fortune and uses it to make himself over as the wealthy "Count of Monte Cristo." With the help of a loyal sidekick (Luis Guzman), Edmond insinuates himself into French royalty and sets about getting revenge on Villefort and Fernand, who is now married to Mercedes. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002) also stars Michael Wincott and Albie Woodington.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Kryssa Schemmerling
One of the best of the many adaptations of Alexander Dumas’ beloved novel, this lavish 2002 version offers swashbuckling adventure of the highest order. An innocent man, Edmond Dantes (Jim Caviezel), is imprisoned for years on a godforsaken island while the friend who betrayed him (Guy Pearce) takes Dantes’ ravishing fiancée (Dagmara Domincyzk) for himself. Dantes eventually escapes, recovers a fortune in buried pirate treasure, transforms himself into the mysterious Count of Monte Cristo, and methodically goes about exacting his revenge. This sumptuous production does a splendid job of re-creating the novel's 19th-century French setting: The costumes, locations (the film was shot in Ireland and Malta), and lush cinematography are breathtaking. Caviezel and Domincyzk are equally gorgeous (especially since neither of them appears to age one whit over the course of 16 years); Pearce makes a memorable bad guy; and Richard Harris is excellent as Abbé Faria. Director Kevin Reynolds has a real feel for action, and he manages to infuse the frequent sword fights with tension and drama. Most important, the scenes in which Dantes exacts his long-plotted revenge offer the deep, cathartic satisfaction that has made The Count of Monte Cristo such an enduring classic.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A return to form for superlative action director Kevin Reynolds, who isn't hampered by the two most common drawbacks to his work: dumb scripts and the presence of his one-time friend Kevin Costner in the cast. This time, Reynolds draws creative water from the well of a classic adventure novel and casts excellent actors Guy Pearce and James Caviezel in the leads (as well as terrific supporting players Richard Harris and Luis Guzman in smaller roles). Pearce in particular chews up the scenery with a witheringly fey, callow performance that challenges the best villain turns of Tim Roth. The overall result is a solid, efficiently crafted swashbuckler. The director also remains consistent in tone and theme, a major flaw of his previous big-budget efforts such as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991) and Waterworld (1995), two pictures that displayed moments of real grace and inventiveness, but which were seriously hampered by Costner's wooden acting and too many boneheaded attempts to play to the cheap seats with ironic one-liners, foolish plot ideas, and anachronistic humor. Reynolds is going for a pulpy feeling in most of his work and he finally achieves a tangible Classic Comics flavor here, successfully mounting scenes that would have played as unintentionally hilarious in his earlier work -- such as the Count's arrival at his own "coming out" party via hot air balloon -- but here achieve a giddy showiness that urges the audience to join in the fun. That's not to say that the film succeeds on all levels; distracting indeed are some rather modern lines of dialogue and the fact that it takes only a goatee and longer hair for the Count to disguise himself from those who have known him his entire life. Fans of Superman should have little problem with this, however, and that gets to the heart of the film; Alexandre Dumas isn't exactly William Shakespeare, so filmmakers can be forgiven for taking poetic license in adapting the Frenchman's purple prose. Especially when they've done so this well. The Count of Monte Cristo is a fine and worthy B-picture in the best tradition of its genre. One longs to see what Reynolds could do with the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert Louis Stevenson or Jack London.
Village Voice
A gorgeously photographed, sumptuously designed adaptation of the Dumas swashbuckler...Jessica Winter
Washington Post
Old-form moviemaking at its best. Stephen Hunter
San Francisco Chronicle
This new movie version of the Alexandre Dumas classic is the stuff of high romance, brought off with considerable wit. Bob Graham

Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2011
UPC:
0786936800517
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Touchstone / Disney
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:11:00
Sales rank:
3,723

Special Features

5 Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Filmmakers Including Alternate Final Duel; "The Napoleonic World" - Production Design Featurette; "En Garde" - Multi-Angle Sword Fighting Feature; "The Pen" - Retrospective On Author Alexandre Dumas; "Adapting A Classic" - Screenwriting Segment; "The Clash of Steel" - Stunt Choreography Piece; Layer-By-Layer - Interactive Sound Design Feature; Audio Commentary With Director Kevin Reynolds

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Caviezel Edmond Dantes/The Count of Monte Cristo
Guy Pearce Fernand
Dagmara Dominczyk Mercedes
Richard Harris Abbe Faria
Luis Guzman Jacopo
James Frain Villefort
Henry Cavill Albert
Albie Woodington Danglars
Michael Wincott Dorleac
Alex Norton Napoleon Bonaparte
Fred Jones Col. Villefort
Helen McCrory Valentina Villefort

Technical Credits
Kevin Reynolds Director
Gary Barber Producer
Roger Birnbaum Producer
Chris Brigham Executive Producer
John Byrne Set Decoration/Design
Chris Chrisafis Co-producer
Connor Devlin Art Director
Andrew Dunn Cinematographer
Derek Evans Co-producer
James Flynn Co-producer
Mark Geraghty Production Designer
Jonathan Glickman Producer
Robert Huberman Art Director,Asst. Director
Priscilla John Casting
Peter Joly Sound/Sound Designer
Morgan O'Sullivan Co-producer
Tom Rand Costumes/Costume Designer
Marcia Ross Casting
Rebekah Rudd Co-producer
Steve Semel Editor
Edward Shearmur Score Composer
Andrew Somper Co-producer
Jay Wolpert Screenwriter
Chris Womack Editor

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The Count of Monte Cristo 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I find it hard to beleive that anyone who has read the full version of the Count of Monte Cristo would be surprised this movie left out large portions of the book. The book is far too large to turn into a 2-3 hour movie. The entire background story on Lugi Vampa alone could have been turned into a movie. So to could have been my favorite par of the book; the Valintine and Maxmillion love story. The film did manage to capture the main themes of the novel; revenge, betrayl and Dantes' transformation from a gullible, innocent sailor to a jaded count. Overall it is worth watching. But, if possible, watch the movie before you read the book.
sumteacher More than 1 year ago
The movie adaptation is much better than the book. I usually never like the movie as well as the book, but in this case - big improvement. The movie whittles down all the convoluted second half of the book and makes some agreeable changes in plot. The scenery and music are great and so is the acting. My 9-year old son loves this movie and we have watched it many times as a family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Count of Monte Cristo is known to be a classic, but overall I didn't really enjoy it. I mostly enjoy mystery and action books and this book seemed very slow paced. In some parts you just wanted the scene to end and in others it was pretty hard to comprehend. The story felt like it just dragged on. I feel like if the book was shorter the story would have been more interesting. I also thought that when the story ended there should have been a little more of an ending. Although I didn't like the book, I did think that the author created a well thought out story line and plot. I liked how you read about the time when Edmond Dantes had a perfect life and he was about to receive everything he always wanted. Then all of the sudden his friends turned to enemies and his perfect life was stripped away from him piece by piece. I also liked how during the time he was in jail, his anger built up more and more until he created a “map to revenge” in his mind. He escaped and he followed that “map to revenge” until he ruined the people’s lives who put him in the situation he was put in for the last 14 years. In conclusion he realized what he had done, but only regretted how he ruined the lives of the people who were not a part of his enemies’ conspiracy. It was a pretty creative story. I don’t think I would recommend this book to people that like the same kind of books as me, or people who don’t enjoy reading a lot, because it is a super long book. I would however recommend it to people who enjoy historical books of any kind. It is actually a pretty good book it is just not for me. Maybe now I should watch the movie.
JRVA More than 1 year ago
This was one of the worst versions of the Count of Monte Cristo that I have viewed....Hollywood ruined the storyline and destroyed Dumas' book...bad...bad...bad...JRVA
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
the book was wonderful!
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Great movie.....full of suspense, romance, and intrigue.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is definitely one of the best, and unfortunately overlooked, films of this year. It was old-fashioned in its approach but not boring for one minute! The story features a delicious romance, a sinister betrayal, and a befitting quest for vengeance. The choreography was fantastic, much better than in other incarnations of Alexander Dumas' works. Lastly, the costumes and setting were transcending -- I felt like I was a part of Dumas' swashbuckling world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this story is one of the best captured on film. I loved every second of it and enjoyed Henry Cavill's performance as Albert Mondego. It was all very well played out and I enjoyed it very much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Count of Monte Cristo starring Jim Caviezel is stunning. Not only does the story have exceptional acting, but its visual is remarkable. Simply beautiful to watch and once you do, you are taken along with Dantes from his revenge to his justice through love. Mercedes and Dantes do age since their 19 and 20 years of age to roughly 35 years or so....because anyone that age looks great, not old. Perfect makeup and costumes, and the humor woven throughout is worth your time. A great film.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire film. You'll want to see it again and again. This director takes the work of Dumas to the next level!
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the best films of the year. This film beats a lot of other big name films out there. Too bad it didn't get the credits it deserves. Wonderful remake of the novel. Beautiful scenary, well executed plot and great development of characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie when I first saw it in the movie theater! I've been waiting a whole year to buy it, and tomorrow, it will be mine! This movie is great, with lots of action, deception, suspense, and romance. The main guy is the most gorgeous man on the plant, and the girl in it isn't too bad, so that should make all the guys happy. It was a great movie, and everyone will love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the quality filmwork and the raw acting talent presented in this movie is amazing...you've never watched true artistic filmwork until u see this...I WAS BLOWN AWAY by this movie...i started watching not expectin much....but before the days end i had watched it through 3 times. Amazing movie a must have
Guest More than 1 year ago
Like others, I was anticipating the theater release of this movie. The movie was good with it's swordplay and dialogue. Yet, having read the Dumas's book thousands of times, I've found little bits that were lost in the movie making. Some say I may be a harsh critic - analyzing it too much, but it still was a thoroughly engrossing movie. Both Cavizel and Pearce are phenomenal. Cavizel showing the truth and grit while being held capitive for years without understanding why, his miraculous escape, and the revenge he plots against the people that betrayed him. A wonderful story plot!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great remake on Alexandre Dumas' novel. Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce are exceptional actors and add passion and charisma to their characters. Includes such poignant moments that will have you feeling deeply for Jim Caviezel's character as Edmond Dantes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie was very well written and all of the actors gave an outstanding performance. Normally, I dont watch movies dated back in time but for some reason I sat and watched this. I love The Count of Monte Cristo. Jim Caviezel gave the performance of his life. He brought this movie to life. I also liked all the different looks he had during this movie. As ''THE COUNT'' he was absolutely gorgeous. Also The sword fighting scenes seemed so real. Whoever taught them to sword did a fantastic job.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is one of the better suspense movies I have seen in a long time! It was great and you could watch it over and over and see something new each time. I think this is a great family movie for 8+. No heavy love scenes or foul language. HIGHLY recommend.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My fiance and I rarely agree on any film, however, this is the exception. A beautiful adaptation of the novel with wonderful costumes, scenery and actors that breathe life into the characters! Truly a movie you can invest in, we bought it this weekend! (For those of you who have read the novel, the ending to the film has a twist that is not in the book!) Must see!