Alexander Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexander Dumas' The Count of Monte Cristo

DVD - 2002
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An innocent man, Edmond Dantes, is imprisoned for years on a godforsaken island while the friend who betrayed him takes Dantes ravishing fiancé 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.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Touchstone Home Entertainment, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
Branch Call Number: DVD FEATURE COUNT
Characteristics: Laser optical
optical,stereo
1 videodisc (PG-13)(131 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Count of Monte Cristo
Notes: Special features: commentary by Kevin Reynolds; theatrical trailer; The Pen (feature on Alexandre Dumas); adapting a classic (screenwriting feature); The Napoleonic World (production design feature); The Clash Of Steel (fight choreography feature); deleted scenes; sword choreography; the final duel; layer by layer sound design; Edmonds escape
Based on the novel by Alexander Dumas

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LawyerLady
Nov 11, 2017

excellent film! I remember when it first came out, and rewatching it just now... it still holds my attention! Of course books are always better than the movie counterparts (in my opinion) but this film holds close to the book.... I also love seeing a young Henry Cavill before he became Superman... so cute and looks so much like Edmund in the movie. Highly recommend!

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ba_library
Oct 13, 2017

One of my favorite books, but I only made it through the first 30 minutes of this DVD before turning it off. SPL does not have the earlier film version (1934), so I suggest borrowing the book, excellent read and get drawn into the vengeful world of Edmund Dantes!

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Tabaqui
Jul 25, 2017

A great family movie for discussion. There are a couple scenes, however, that you may wish to skip, so consider yourself warned. All right, on to the movie. First of all, I saw this before reading the book, so it may differ. I have no idea. I did, however, enjoy the story's fast pace, the breathless suspense, and the lovely scenes and costumes. All of those made the movie quite good, but the best part for me was definitely the curiosity as to whether Edmond will get revenge - or is it justice? You must form your own opinion. An action movie, but also more than that, it makes you think without just being long speeches from impassioned characters. Some people complained that too much of the movie took place in the dark, but I didn't have a problem following the story. Great movie, and one to remember and ponder. I would recommend this to teenagers and up.

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Dave99_0
Jun 19, 2017

Actually, I prefer the 1934 original film to this 2002 remake. First, Jim Caviezel is too tall to play a 19th century Frenchman. Second, Jim Caviezel's Count is not pale white from being imprisoned in a dark cell in the Chateau d'If for more than 16 years. Third, readers of the novel realize that in Paris, the Count remained pale white because he was nocturnal. Robert Donat is the Count of Monte Cristo. IMHO, I would rate the 2002 remake with Jim Caviezel at only 3.50 stars.

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jaketaz777
Jun 08, 2017

This was very well made and actors were superb!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 31, 2017

The Count of Monte Cristo is an incredible and intense movie with a terrific story-line and an excellent cast. This film is based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas although many aspects have been changed and modified, which I personally enjoyed because there was a bit more drama and action added. Although the theme of revenge may not be the nicest message to convey, the theme of faithfulness and not giving up is an important message which this film inspires in viewers. Overall an enjoyable film which I would rate 4.5/5 stars.
- @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

daniellevk_0 May 18, 2017

Love this movie. They did a great job with it. The story line is phenomenal. This is a movie that I have watched over and over and will continue watching throughout the years.

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1Savvyvenus
Mar 16, 2017

Although I've never read the book, this is one of my top 5 movies of all time. Just watched it again tonight with my two granddaughters ages 7 and 9 and they absolutely loved it. Great story line and superb acting. After reading all the negative comments, I'm glad I never read the book, as the movie is superior without knowing of the original storyline. Don't compare it to the book, and it won't disappoint. Classic in my opinion.

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Janice21383
Feb 25, 2017

Ever come across a classic story that everyone loves, but you hate? If you're like the producers of The Count of Monte Cristo, you make it into a film but change it in almost every possible way. With any luck no one will want to read it, or see another version for decades. Jim Caviezel stars as Jim Caviezel -- if you have seen any of his other performances, or even a still picture, you know what he's like. Guy Pearce, one of my favourite actors, usually, camps it up here. He must have been deep into his weed phase. They have what feels like an endless sword fight. The end.

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ChinosMom
Jul 10, 2016

Too many times, you read a book and then see the movie. I saw this version first (Jim Caviezel as Edmond Dantes) and then saw the 1934 version starring Robert Donat. This version (Caviezel) disappoints me because the plot is twisted and deviated from the book. The ending is very different from the book.

On the other hand, Donat's version seems to resemble the book in the beginning, but then again the ending is different from the book. But having said that, if you like happy endings, both versions would seem to give you that. I would recommend that you see both versions to see what I mean. The only drawback on the Donat version is it is done in black & white, which does not give justice to the jewels, to say the least.

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IreneReads Feb 23, 2012

IreneReads thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Apr 01, 2011

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jabey
Jun 14, 2008

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Tabaqui
Jul 28, 2017

Sexual Content: Two scenes (I think?) One towards the beginning of the movie, the other towards the end. You can see them coming, so it isn't hard to skip them if you want to.

IreneReads Feb 23, 2012

Violence: A few people are killed

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Violence: Lots of sword fighting

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jabey
Jun 14, 2008

Violence: Small gunfight. Sword fights.

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Monolith
Oct 17, 2013

(After discovering the treasure on the Isla di Monte Cristo): Jacopo: "Zatarra -- the boat cannot hold no more, and there are at least eight more boatloads down there!" (Edmond Dantes stares blankly) "...Do you not understand? You are wealthier, than any man I have ever heard of! Whatever your problems were... they are over. ...What do you want to buy?" Edmond Dantes: "Revenge." Jacopo: "Okay -- revenge! Who?" Edmond Dantes: "Danglars, Villefort... Fernand and Mercedès." Jacopo: "...Right. We kill these people, then we spend the treasure." Edmond Dantes: "No. We will study them. Learn their weaknesses." Jacopo: "Why not just kill them?!? I'll do it! I'll run up to Paris... Bam! Bam! Bam! Bam! I'm back before week's end; we spend the treasure -- how is this a bad plan?"

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Fernand: What happened to your mercy?
Edmond Dantes: I'm a count, not a saint.

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

Edmond: Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine! Then the fates will know you as we know you: as Albert Mondego, the man!

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bdls206
Apr 04, 2011

A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friends," escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.

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