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The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

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Coming Out at 25 January 2002 in theaters

Action, Adventure, Drama

The Count of Monte Cristo is historical adventure drama film produced by Roger Birnbaum, Gary Barber, and Jonathan Glickman and directed by Kevin Reynolds. An international co-production between the United States, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, the film is an adaptation of the 1844 novel of the same name by Alexandre Dumas, père, and stars Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, and Richard Harris. It follows the general plot of the novel, with the main storyline of imprisonment and revenge preserved, but many elements, including the relationships between major characters and the ending, were modified, simplified, added, or removed. The film met with modest box office success.

In 1815, Edmond Dantès, second mate of a French merchant vessel, and his friend Fernand Mondego, a representative of the shipping company, seek medical help on Elba for their ailing captain. Napoleon Bonaparte is in exile on the island. Having kept his guardians from killing the pair, Bonaparte privately requests that Edmond deliver a letter to the mainland in exchange for his physician’s services. Edmond is sworn to secrecy, but the exchange is witnessed by Fernand.

In Marseille, the company owner Morrell commends Edmond for his bravery, promoting him to captain over first mate Danglars, who had given Edmond explicit orders not to land at Elba. Edmond thereafter states his intention to marry his girlfriend, Mercédès, whom Fernand lusts after.

Director: Kevin Reynolds

Writers: Alexandre Dumas (novel), Jay Wolpert

Stars: Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris, James Frain, Dagmara Dominczyk, Michael Wincott, Luis Guzmán

Cast:

Jim CaviezelEdmond Dantes
Guy PearceFernand Mondego
Richard HarrisAbbé Faria
James FrainJ.F. Villefort
Dagmara DominczykMercedès Iguanada
Michael WincottArmand Dorleac
Luis GuzmánJacopo
Christopher AdamsonMaurice
JB BlancLuigi Vampa
Guy CarletonMansion Owner
Alex NortonNapoleon
Barry CassinOld Man Dantes
Henry CavillAlbert Mondego
Zahara MoufidHolga
Brendan CostelloViscount
Patrick GodfreyMorrell
Katherine HolmeJulianne
Freddie JonesColonel Villefort
Joe HanleyPartygoer No. 1
Mairead DevlinPartygoer No. 2
Stella FeeleyPartygoer No. 3
Joseph KellyGardener
Ivan KennedyOutrider
Alvaro LucchesiClaude
Helen McCroryValentina Villefort
Karl O’NeillMarchand
Robert PricePascal
Derek ReidBanker
Eric StovellViscount Toville
Jude SweeneyMondego Servant
Brian ThunderGendarme
Gregor TruterLt. Graypool
Andrew WoodallGendarmes Captain
Albie WoodingtonDanglars
Jeff NowinskiFrench Dragoon

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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