Count of Monte Cristo

Count of Monte Cristo

DVD - 2005 | French
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Tells the dramatic story of Edmond Dantes, a young French sailor who is falsely denounced as a political traitor and unjustly imprisoned for eighteen years without trial. After a daring escape, Dantes flees to the island of Monte Cristo, where he finds a colossal treasure bequeathed to him by a dying fellow inmate. Using these riches, he assumes a new identity and devises a plan of vengeance upon all those who betrayed him.


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Jul 11, 2019

At 7.5 hours I stretched my viewing out to 1.5 hours over a week but I sure looked forward to getting back to watching it. What a great production. The classic story of vengeance allied with justice made even more compelling by the passionate acting of the French actors and the gorgeous settings. Loved this so much and am grateful to the library for carrying it. Please note that this adaption is based on the book written in 1844 and may not appeal to anyone who is highly sensitive to issues of equality. Some parts may make you cringe.

Mar 07, 2018

Outstanding. Gerard Depardieu has long been one of my favorite French actors, and in this 1998 version of Alexandre Dumas' classic, he is in perfect form. His portrayal of Edmond Dantes is powerful and emotionally vivid. Ornella Muti does a fine job as his lost love Mercedes, and the other roles are also splendidly done; in particular, Dantes' servant Bertuccio, played by Italian actor-director Sergio Rubini, is exceptional. The resolution at the end of the film felt slightly rushed, but overall this is a wonderful adaptation of Dumas' classic tale of revenge. This is a French, not an American version, so if you're looking for flash over substance, this is probably not your cup of tea. If you appreciate a deeper and more authentic emotional experience, I recommend it.

Jan 10, 2013

I did not really enjoy this series. Depardieu is getting a little long in the tooth for some of his roles as a dashing lover. ....

Jan 06, 2013

Well worth the seven hour investment, this is probably the most well-casted movie (book --> movie translation) I've ever come across. Quite simply, it's brilliant!

The liberties taken (characters omitted, certain events shifted, etc.) are not only understandable - Dumas fans would be pressed to argue this point - they're actually an improvement to the original. A far more satisfying resolution for the count and for the audience.

Anyone else who thought "wait: scrawny, black-haired, pale Dantes being played by heavy blonde Gerard D?" can rest assured he's more than perfect for the role. Certainly, the disguises require some suspension of disbelief (especially since he has one of the largest noses in film as his starting point), but that's true of the book, too. So, really, they've done as good a job as they possibly could.

A must-watch, if for no other reason than to spend time with the actress playing Mercedes -- an amazing beauty worthy of the pedestal Dumas places her on.

Jul 02, 2012

Terrific costumes and scenery but a silly story. Depardieu was surprisingly good as the Count, but overall the story had to many lucky coincidences to hold my interest for 6+ hours.

Oct 09, 2011

Other than a few minor changes the movie stays true to the book. The story is, of course brilliant. Add competent actors in gorgeous costumes and the result is an outstanding film.
7 hours on 2 DVD's


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