The Count of Monte-Cristo
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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cost of cd was cheap enough to "chance" purchase of cd not playable in USA.Published 4 days ago by William Yk Wong
the best of all the count of monte cristo movies produced so farPublished 13 days ago by Glenn Van Denburg
Great story and a film that is timeless. Just introduced it to my 11 year old, and she enjoyed it as much as I did.Published 2 months ago by Dean
This was via the Amazon video collection. I had not seen this production in years. The production is a little dated, but overall I enjoyed seeing it again. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elise Panon
Enjoy the older movies about the Count of Monte Cristo. Richard Chamberlain did a great job acting.Published 3 months ago by Marlene