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The Count of Monte-Cristo

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  • Actors: Richard Chamberlain, Trevor Howard, Louis Jourdan, Donald Pleasence, Tony Curtis
  • Directors: David Greene
  • Writers: Alexandre Dumas père, Fred A. Wyler, Sidney Carroll
  • Producers: Norman Rosemont
  • Format: NTSC
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JL20
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #913,397 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Count of Monte-Cristo" on IMDb

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I first saw this production in 1975, when I was a senior in high school, about the same time I was writing a paper about the book it's based on. From the time I was a little girl, Richard Chamberlain had made my heart flutter as Dr. Kildare on TV. "Count" was after the filming of Richard Lester's "Three Musketeers", but before such classic mini-series as "Shogun" and "Thorn Birds", which are what this generation associates the Chamberlain name with most readily. This production did a wonderful job depicting Edmond's despair and loss of hope as the years pass and he realizes that his enemies mean for him to rot away in the solitary confinement of prison. Fortunately, while trying to dig out of there, he digs himself into the cell of Abbe Faria, who becomes his teacher, mentor, savior. . .and ultimately, benefactor. (Trevor Howard was marvelous here, by the way).
It takes 20 years, but Edmond finally escapes jail, finds the treasure, engages the best barber and tailor in Paris, and proceeds to make monkeys of his betrayers. Chamberlain was physically right for this part--very thin, as if he'd subsisted on soup and bread for two decades--and capable of moving as smoothly as a panther. Kate Nelligan was excellent as Mercedes--a woman whose heart was equal mixtures of bitterness, regret, and love for her son alone after losing the great love of her life at age 20. I liked Tony Curtis--he'd played so many good guys in movies like Spartacus, and also comedy such as in Some Like It Hot--that it was fun to see him be the villian here.
All in all, this production was an excellent SHORT adaptation of the book.
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Few films can be said to be faithful to books they are based on. It's simply not possible to accomodate the same level of character development, plot and subplot development, and rich descriptions possible in a book on a 2 hour film. "The Count of Monte Cristo" is no exception to that trend.
This movie is, nevertheless, a good show with good acting (and some not so good) that tells much of the basic story of Dumas' book of the same name.
I think that Richard Chamberlain does a good job as Edmond Dantes, Tony Curtis as Fernand Mondego, Donald Pleasance as the Baron Danglar, and Louis Jourdan as DeVillefore. I was not at all impressed by the character that played Cadarousse.
The scenes with Edmond Dantes and his fiance, Mercedes, are done well and set the emotional stage for the rest of the movie.
Most of the the main elements of the book are touched on in the movie, but not much about the relationship between Monte Cristo and the daughter of the Ali Pasha.
The way that Monte Cristo earns his revenge is rivetting, especially the plan to destroy DeVillefore. A masterpiece of deception and intruige.
While the movie lacks a lot that the book offers, I still enjoy the movie immensely, and believe that you will too.
4 stars.
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I was quite surprised at how faithful this film is to the book: the Count is this version is very human and evolves through the course of the story. While many details are left out because of time limits, it is wonderfully non-Hollywood, especially the anti-climactic ending. Chamberlain does an excellent job as the Count, who moves from naivete to a bitter search for vengence to a need for redemption, all believably. Tony Curtis is a bit weak, though the other conspiratorial adversaries are very good, as is the stunning Mercedes.

Warmly recommended.
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I have always enjoyed this version with Richard Chamberlain's remarkable renditon of the part of the Count. The rest the well known cast do a fine job as well being instrumental in conveying either good or evil. The costumes are quite good along with the music in setting the feel of the period. If you enjoy this you may want to catch the latest version with James Caviezel since it is different enough to make it worth seeing. I happen to like both versions. Good quality DVD with good replayability. If you enjoyed this catch "The Man in the Iron Mask" and "The Thorn Birds". - C. Luster
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This is a very well- made television movie based on the novel by Alexandre Dumas. The Count of Monte Cristo has been remade numerous times, most recently starring James Caviezel in the lead, but this 70's version has aged well, and is still very enjoyable 30 years later.

A marvelous cast, including Tony Curtis, Louis Jourdan, and Donald Pleasence as the co-conspirators responsible for the false imprisonment of Edmond Dantes, are all first-rate, especially Donald Pleasence as Danglars.

Richard Chamberlain in the lead role, and Trevor Howard as the Abby Faria, both received Emmy nominations for their efforts. Richard Chamberlain is a dynamic Count, and looks regal and dashing in any period costume you put him in. He also moves with the grace of a gazelle, and handles the French dialect effortlessly, in his melodious baritone voice.

Other noteworthy performances come from Kate Nelligan as Mercedes, and Taryn Power, who were both acting professionally for the very first time in "Count of Monte-Cristo." Both actresses demonstrate emotional depth and command in these initial roles.

With a superb ensemble cast, and the beautiful chateaus and scenery of Italy and France as a backdrop, this "Count of Monte Cristo" adaptation is very enjoyable. Be forewarned, however, there are no happy Hollywood endings in store for Edmond Dantes--only depressing ones.
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