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The Count of Monte Cristo

  • Drama
  • Action
  • 2001
  • Kevin Reynolds
  • 125 mins
  • PG

Summary

Swashbuckling period adventure based on the Alexandre Dumas novel, starring Jim Caviezel and Guy Pearce. Sailor Edmond Dantès plans to marry the beautiful Mercedes, but unknown to him he has a rival for her hand in his best friend, Fernand Mondego. Consumed by jealousy, Mondego has Dantès framed for a crime he didn't commit. Incarcerated for life on an island prison, Dantès plots his escape and revenge.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Edmond DantèsJim Caviezel
Fernand MondegoGuy Pearce
Abbé FariaRichard Harris
VillefortJames Frain
Mercedes IguanadaDagmara Dominczyk
DorleacMichael Wincott
JacopoLuis Guzman
Valentina VillefortHelen McCrory
Colonel VillefortFreddie Jones
DanglarsAlbie Woodington
Albert MondegoHenry Cavill
Napoleon BonaparteAlex Norton
Luigi VampaJ B Blanc

Crew

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DirectorKevin Reynolds

Details

Theatrical distributor
Buena Vista
Released on
2002-04-19
Languages
English
Guidance
Some violence and swearing.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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