'The Count of Monte Cristo' is an adaptation of the Alexander Dumas tale by the same name. Dantes, a sailor who is falsely accused of treason by his best friend Fernand, who wants Dantes' girlfriend Mercedes for himself. Dantes is imprisoned on the island prison of Chateau d'If for 13 years, where he plots revenge against those who betrayed him. With the help of another prisoner, he escapes the island and proceeds to transform himself into the wealthy Count of Monte Cristo as part of his plan to exact revenge.Written by
Screenwriter Jay Wolpert came up with the idea, not present in the novel, that Fernand Mondego (Guy Pearce) and Edmond Dantes (Jim Caviezel) started out as best friends. His logic was that it would work better as a "buddy" film that turned sinister. Wolpert believed that when a friendship soured, the hate generated was both more terrible and more believable. See more »
When Dantes tells Villafort that he can't read, then how could he Captain a Shipping Vessel? He would need to know how to read a map, a manifest, and possibly bills of lading. He wouldn't even be able to read a Compass. See more »
It's loosely based on the book, but I still like it very much.
I've seen the 1975 version which is more like the book, but seems too rush and without much character development. I have yet to see the 1998 miniseries. I think this movie captures the essence of Dumas book, although it made a lot of changes to the original story, but I didn't mind that, and liked this ending better than the book. This is a tale of revenge, and it's done well. it's engaging and entertaining, and I do think that makes you want to read the book. Overall I really recommend this movie. If you loved the book, I suggest you see it with open eyes, taking into account it makes a lot of changes including the ending. But you still will have an amazing revenge tale and I think it's a very enjoyable movie. Give it a chance.
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