The Count of Monte Cristo

The Count of Monte Cristo

Kevin Reynolds (2001)

125min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Restraint and a regard for authenticity are not qualities that you'd normally attribute to Kevin Reynolds, the director of larger-than-life Hollywood offerings Waterworld and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. However, his stylistic excesses are mostly absent here, to the benefit of this old-fashioned, handsomely mounted version of the enduring Alexandre Dumas adventure. Jim Caviezel plays sailor Edmond Dantès, who, through his own youthful naivety and the devious scheming of his best friend Fernand Mondego (Guy Pearce), is thrown into a desolate island prison. But after 13 years of incarceration, he escapes, adopts a dashing new identity and proceeds to exact his revenge. Caviezel is both credible and sympathetic, while Pearce's sneering rogue avoids falling into caricature. Regrettably, after the engrossing prison section - featuring an excellent Richard Harris as the young captive's elderly mentor - Edmond's vengeful machinations become rather unfocused and lack dramatic fire. However, despite this, the film still maintains audience interest to the end, thanks to fine central performances and some classy production values.

Summary

A sailor falls foul of the schemes of his so-called closest friend, and ends up languishing in prison for 13 years, wrongly accused of treason. After spending his sentence plotting revenge on the traitor, he eventually manages to escape and poses as a wealthy nobleman to gain access to his target. Swashbuckling adventure based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas, starring Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris and Dagmara Dominczyk.

Cast & Crew

Edmond Dantès Jim Caviezel
Fernand Mondego Guy Pearce
Abbé Faria Richard Harris
Villefort James Frain
Mercedes Iguanada Dagmara Dominczyk
Dorleac Michael Wincott
Jacopo Luis Guzman
Valentina Villefort Helen McCrory
Colonel Villefort Freddie Jones
Danglars Albie Woodington
Albert Mondego Henry Cavill
Napoleon Bonaparte Alex Norton
Luigi Vampa J B Blanc
Director Kevin Reynolds
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Some violence and swearing.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 19 Apr 2002
Drama