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The Count of Monte Cristo
James Caviezel and Guy Pearce




Overview -
In this highly entertaining, beautifully photographed rekindling of the classic French novel by Alexandre Dumas, director Kevin Reynolds choreographs a fantastic adventure replete with breathtaking scenery, fiery swashbuckling battles, lavish costumes, and, above all else, sweet revenge. In 19th-century Marseille, Edmond Dantès (Jim Caviezel) is the optimistic but uneducated son of a sea captain. He cherishes his friendship with the son of a count, Mondego (Guy Pearce), and is deeply in love with his fiancée, Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk). Young Dantès is so innocent and naive that it is positively shocking when Mondego turns on him, accusing him of treason, and having him sentenced to life in the dreary dungeon of Chateau D'If. Years of isolation and torture nearly defeat the revenge-thirsty Dantès, but with the help of invaluable lessons from the Abbé Faria (Richard Harris), his luck slowly changes. An incredible prison break starts Dantès on his way to a new life, and from there Reynolds' COUNT truly takes off. Battles with pirates lead to hunts for sunken ocean treasure, and soon Dantes is living in Marseille as the transformed, newly rich, self-proclaimed Count of Monte Cristo. Installed in a ritzy chateau, he slowly unfurls his excrutiatingly careful plans to exact his revenge on Mondego and all those who ever wronged him.

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Overview

In this highly entertaining, beautifully photographed rekindling of the classic French novel by Alexandre Dumas, director Kevin Reynolds choreographs a fantastic adventure replete with breathtaking scenery, fiery swashbuckling battles, lavish costumes, and, above all else, sweet revenge. In 19th-century Marseille, Edmond Dantès (Jim Caviezel) is the optimistic but uneducated son of a sea captain. He cherishes his friendship with the son of a count, Mondego (Guy Pearce), and is deeply in love with his fiancée, Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk). Young Dantès is so innocent and naive that it is positively shocking when Mondego turns on him, accusing him of treason, and having him sentenced to life in the dreary dungeon of Chateau D'If. Years of isolation and torture nearly defeat the revenge-thirsty Dantès, but with the help of invaluable lessons from the Abbé Faria (Richard Harris), his luck slowly changes. An incredible prison break starts Dantès on his way to a new life, and from there Reynolds' COUNT truly takes off. Battles with pirates lead to hunts for sunken ocean treasure, and soon Dantes is living in Marseille as the transformed, newly rich, self-proclaimed Count of Monte Cristo. Installed in a ritzy chateau, he slowly unfurls his excrutiatingly careful plans to exact his revenge on Mondego and all those who ever wronged him.

Main Cast & Crew

Kevin Reynolds - Director
James Caviezel
Guy Pearce
Henry Cavill
Dagmara Dominczyk
Luis Guzman
James Frain
Richard Harris
Michael Wincott
Albie Woodington

 

Details

Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Run Time: 131
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 786936800517
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (adventure violence/swordplay and some sensuality)
  • Release Date: September 2002

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Movies > Action/Adventure

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Prison
Crime
Revenge

 

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Theatrical release: January 25, 2002

Reviews:
"...The period details are meticulous....[The director] is well served by his hardworking cast....Hard to resist..." - 01/25/2002 New York Times, p.E13


"...Opulently produced and superbly acted....Caviezel embodies the transformation of his character completely..." - 02/01/2002 Box Office, p.54


"...Handsomely mounted....[The] costumes and furnishings are scrupulously detailed and give off a sense of authenticity..." - 05/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.41


"...Caviezel's quiet intensity and now trademark haunted eyes means it's him you'll be watching....Very enjoyable..." - 05/01/2002 Total Film, p.88-9


"...A lavishly mounted and appealingly old-fashioned swashbuckler....The pic boasts a compelling human element to complement lively storytelling and sporadic action highlights..." - 01/28/2002 Variety, p.27-36


"...It's the kind of adventure picture the studios churned out in the Golden Age -- so traditional it almost feels new..." - 03/24/2002 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5


"...Caviezel makes a good fall guy..." - 09/13/2002 Entertainment Weekly, p.134

 

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