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THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

 
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At Theaters: 1/25/2002 On Video: 9/10/2002
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 11 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 339901
Studio: Touchstone Pictures Inc.
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An innocent man wrongly but deliberately imprisoned, plots and succeeds in his mission to escape from prison, with the help of an equally innocent fellow inmate. He transforms himself into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo. With cunning ruthlessness, he cleverly insinuates himself into the French nobility and systematically destroys the men who enslaved him.

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Drama - A tale of jealousy and revenge. It may be a bit slow at first for some, while it sets up the remaining story, which is quite entertaining. "The Count of Monte Cristo" should appeal to adults and most older teens both male and female.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Jim Caviezel ANGEL EYES, FREQUENCY, THE THIN RED LINE
Guy Pearce RAVENOUS, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL
Richard Harris GLADIATOR, CAMELOT
Director: Kevin Reynolds ROBIN HOOD PRINCE OF THIEVES
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Introduction
About The Production
About The Location
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Only a couple of very minor words.
SEX/NUDITY: No nudity or sex. Some suggested sexual activity.
VIOLENCE: Some killings and beatings. Nothing especially graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Quite a bit of alcohol drinking and some drunkenness.
ACTION: Not a lot of action. Some fist and sword fights is about it.
COMEDY: Quite a few chuckles throughout.
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Above Average

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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Average "This latest version, made with the MTV generation in mind, is arguably the least impressive of the filmed Counts. But, sadly, its lack of quality earns it a place alongside those other two recent Dumas botch-jobs, The Man in the Iron Mask and The Musketeer.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Good "This is the kind of adventure picture the studios churned out in the Golden Age--so traditional it almost feels new.  This is the kind of movie that used to be right at home at the Saturday matinee, and it still is.''

USA TODAY  Full Review
Above Average "Despite these flaws, Kevin Reynolds' direction is well paced and suspenseful. For younger audiences drawn by the attractive actors, this might be their introduction to the Dumas epic. At least it's an effective and rousing version. ... judging purely on its merits, this Count adds up to pleasant diversion.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Above Average "...overall this is solid entertainment, and the time Caviezel and Pearce spent training for their sword fights pays off handsomely.  A ripping yarn that's survived many movie adaptations...''

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 215 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
22
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
29
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
46
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
43
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
29
Very High
100%
30+Adults (F)
46
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
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Moviegoer Opinions:

WOW! These are some of the highest opinions I've seen in sometime. This many opinions of "Fantastic" and "Excellent" are rare. It's easy to HIGHLY RECOMMEND "THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO" TO EVERYONE!!

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
A VERY ENTERTAINING MOVIE! The highest praise I can give is to tell you that at the end of the screening I attended and the screening my son attended later, the audience clapped. And they weren't clapping because they were glad it was over :-) This isn't a lighthearted comedy by any stretch, but it is great fun to watch as a person who is done very wrong gets his sweet revenge. I loved it, my son and his three friends loved it and I am confident that YOU WILL LOVE IT!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
The story of an innocent man wrongly but deliberately imprisoned and his brilliant strategy for revenge against those who betrayed him. Dashing young sailor Edmond Dantes (JIM CAVIEZEL) is a guileless and honest young man whose peaceful life and plans to marry the beautiful Mercedes (DAGMARA DOMINCZYK) are abruptly shattered when his best friend Fernand (GUY PEARCE), who wants Mercedes for himself, deceives him. Set up to be unlawfully sentenced to the infamous island prison of Chateau D'If, Edmond is trapped in a nightmare that lasts for thirteen years. Haunted by the baffling course his life has taken, over time everything he ever believed about right and wrong is abandoned and replaced by all-consuming thoughts of vengeance against those who betrayed him. With the help of an equally innocent fellow inmate (RICHARD HARRIS), Dantes plots and succeeds in his mission to escape from prison, whereupon he transforms himself into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo. With cunning ruthlessness, he cleverly insinuates himself into the French nobility and systematically destroys the men who manipulated and enslaved him
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