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The Count of Monte Cristo (1999)

Gérard Depardieu , Ornella Muti , Josée Dayan  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Ornella Muti, Jean Rochefort, Pierre Arditi, Sergio Rubini
  • Directors: Josée Dayan
  • Writers: Alexandre Dumas père, Didier Decoin
  • Producers: Doris Kirch, Jacques Bar, Jean-Pierre Guérin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Content/Copy-Protected CD, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Koch Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BFJM26
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,664 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Count of Monte Cristo" on IMDb

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Acclaimed actor Gérard Depardieu stars in the adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale of love, intrigue and revenge.

The Count of Monte Cristo tells the dramatic story of Edmond Dantès, a young French sailor who is falsely denounced as a traitor and unjustly imprisoned for eighteen years without a trial. After a daring escape, Dantès secures a treasure hidden on the island of Monte Cristo bequeathed to him by a dying inmate. Using these riches, he assumes a new identity and devises a plan to seek vengeance against all those who betrayed him.

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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful
Note: French with English subtitles.

The French adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel 'The Count of Monte Cristo' released in '99 as a television mini-series is a daunting 6 six hour and 54 minute production that is at times a little challenging to stay with, but overall will prove to be a satisfying and enjoyable watch. Gerard Depardieu is superb as the brooding and calculating Edmund Dantes proving once and for all that he is truly one of the best actors in the world today. The locations and sets are magnificent, the acting excellent and the women beautiful (Julie Depardieu as Valentine, Florence Darel as Camille, Ines Sastre as Princess Haydee and Ornella Muti as the beloved Mercedes).

Word of advice, take your time to watch this feature over a period of several sittings. If you tire at any given point turn it off and come back again later, you'll enjoy the subtle nuances that permeate this extaordinary film much more if you're rested and focused.

My rating: 4 1/2 Stars.
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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amamzing Production February 27, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a superb translation of the Dumas classic, quite possibly the best one to date. Gerarde Depardieu delivers a deep and moving performance as the count, and the star laden international cast does not disappoint either. I must admit it is difficult to perceive the 200+ pound Depardieu as a starving prisoner in the Chateau-Dif, but this is part of where a viewer must suspend belief and let the story be told, and it does this in such a wonderful manner. This is the first version of the story I have ever seen that does not try to abbreviate the tale, or make characters into composites of people from the book in an effort to save time. Albeit there are always some changes in a screen-play from a book, but this so far is the truest adaptation of Dumas work. For those who are learning French, or already know it and want to keep your language skills sharp what better way then to do it while watching a movie you will definitely enjoy. For those intimidated by subtitles, don't be with this film. The story is so easy to follow you could turn them off and still understand what is going on. You can't go wrong with this movie it's a sure winner for any fan of classic stories.
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Missing a star or two October 6, 2008
Almost everything that needs to be said about this version has already been said by other reviewers. I will only add three things which may explain my painful three stars instead of the five I would desperately like to give.

Firstly, as already mentioned, but needing emphasis in a big way - the physical quality of the two disks I got were atrocious. I had to rip and re-burn them to enable me to watch the whole series without interruption, and even then I had a hard error which I could not recover. Come on!!! This isn't the 1930's and we aren't talking about 45rpm scratchies. Not good enough!

Secondly, as a keen intermediate level student of French, I looked forward to being able to pick up a few gems while enjoying this magnificent story presented by a superb cast. It would have helped if the idiots who created the subtitles actually translated what was being said instead of just making some of it up themselves. (Example: "Donc, tu est sûr de ne pas pouvoir aimer une autre femme que Valentine de Villefort?" translated to "You're sure that Valentine is the one?".) I know, I know. Subtitles are always a problem, but gee, give us a break.

The final problem is the ending. It's ridiculous and has nothing to do with the original story. The ending for Monte Cristo was not some idyllic return to the past with his long lost love, who incidentally also betrayed him, but an attempt by an emotionally and physically exhausted man to find some happiness with a woman, the princess Haydée, who was also betrayed and who also suffered terribly as a result. The faux ending must have been created as a feel-good finale with an eye to the American market or something like that. It does leave a bad taste in the mouth though.

With all this in mind, you should still buy this version. It has lots and lots to offer and you will, as I have, enjoy hours of splendid viewing.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable January 2, 2006
The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite books of all time so I was hesitant to see it translated on film. I purchased this version as opposed to the newer/American one, because I thought a French production would lend a certain authenticity to it. Not surprisingly, the dvd leaves parts of the story out; that's the harsh reality of translating a book into film. There were a few cheesy images--like a small boat surrounded by whipping waves but the boat didn't really move. Oh well. It's not perfect. But it is VERY good. I would rather rationalize a large Gerard Depardieu as a starved prisoner than watch a version that purports to condense a fabulous story like this one into a two hour movie. Very well acted and I highly recommend.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Le Compte De Monte Cristo - Bravo October 26, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I have long ago dispelled the notion that any movie production faithfully reproduces a book as written. For those zealots who desire this, see George C. Scott's rendition of Dickens, A Christmas Carol. Alexander Dumas did not write the Count of Monte Cristo as a single novel, but rather as a long series of chapters in a French periodical of the time, hence its almost 1500 page length which would require a movie in excess of 800 hours.
I have always enjoyed Gerard Depardieu in whatever role he portrayed, either in English (Porthos, Columbus) or in his French films. It was said that Depardieu did not portray the stature of Edmund Dantes, but let's face it, Gerard is a big guy. Even Dumas does not describe Dantes as a sickly wretch, even though his food was described as "maggot ridden slop". To paraphrase this, no actor has ever portrayed a role as one invisions when reading a novel, least of all, any actor that ever portrayed Jean Val Jean in Les Miserables.
Le Comte De Monte Cristo captures the essence of the book which concerns a man bent on revenge, yet not so totally consumed that he looses his sense of humanity. I have recently re-read many of the classics that were part of my father's literary collection and must say that the movie ended on a happier note than the book.
The scenes and demeanor of the gentry were extremely faithful to the time frame of the novel, as were the portrayal of the suporting cast of character. Although the movie is presented in French with English subtitles, I feel that this should not dissuade one from seeing it. Since movies are to be entertaining, I feel that this one fits the bill. If one wants the purity of the original, read the book
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4.0 out of 5 stars It is a classic. The whole movie is in ...
It is a classic. The whole movie is in French, which should help others learn another language other than standard American English.
Published 15 days ago by The buzz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this version, its the only version I've ever seen that actually does the book justice.
Published 17 days ago by chicagokidder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best films I've ever watched.
Published 1 month ago by A-K
1.0 out of 5 stars I was so happy to find out that there is a French TV ...
What a Disaster!
I was so happy to find out that there is a French TV series of my one of my very beloved novels ever! Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. kemp
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good mini-series!
Published 2 months ago by Shelley Crannell
5.0 out of 5 stars Retribution for a wrong? Watch this mini-series!
Gerard Depardieu immerses the viewer in an intense, all too human battle of inner turmoil..., in forgiving or avenging oneself of all the deliberate injustice that was perpetrated... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nina
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Far better than the Robert Donat or Richard Chamberlain versions.
Published 3 months ago by Aussie John
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just as expected.
Published 3 months ago by nikki
5.0 out of 5 stars My Father's Day gift to Dad
Hi grew up with this movie and I knew he would be surprised to get it, and he certainly was!
Published 4 months ago by Laura Nye
1.0 out of 5 stars A Boring, Horrid, Disasterly Directed, Almost Hilariously Acted Out...
If there was a zero-star rating, I would most definitely choose that. The French, it seems, are amazing writers, but horrible directors. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Lowery
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