The Count of Monte Cristo

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Released 1975

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Director:
David Greene (I)
Released:
1975
Rating:
PG-13
The Count of Monte Cristo just might leave you breathless. This 1975 TV adaptation brings Alexandre Dumas's captivating novel to life, with style. Edmond Dantes (Richard Chamberlain) is a young merchant sailor in early 19th Century France. He is unjustly imprisoned in the high-security prison Chateau d'If as a result of treacherous betrayal. In this island prison, Edmond encounters and eventually befriends long-time prisoner Abb'' Faria (Trevor Howard), who initially appears to be insane. With his help, Edmond educates himself in everything from philosophy and world languages to sword-fighting. He also spends every day plotting his revenge. After 14 years, he finally escapes and takes on the persona of a wealthy and worldly Count. He throws lavish parties and invites his former best friend Fernand Mondego (Tony Curtis) and fianc'' Merced''s Iguanada (Kate Nelligan). With the Count of Monte Cristo, you can count on sword fights. You can count on fireworks. And you can count on revenge!

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  • 80

    Variety Joe Leydon

    A lavishly mounted and appealingly old-fashioned swashbuckler with nary a trace of wink-wink irony or revisionist embellishment.

  • 60

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    The film's resolute indifference to fashion makes it, perhaps paradoxically, a refreshing piece of old-style entertainment, accompanied by a whooshing, trembling score by Edward Sh...

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Revenge may be sweet, but this is one "Monte Cristo" that leaves a sour taste.

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