The Count of Monte Cristo (DVD, 1996)

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In this highly entertaining, beautifully photographed rekindling of the classic French novel by Alexandre Dumas, director Kevin Reynolds choreographs a fantastic adventure replete with breathtaking scenery, fiery swashbuckling battles, lavish costumes, and, above all else, sweet revenge. In 19th-century Marseille, Edmond Dant�s (Jim Caviezel) is the optimistic but uneducated son of a sea captain. He cherishes his friendship with the son of a count, Mondego (Guy Pearce), and is deeply in love with his fianc�e, Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk). Young Dant�s is so innocent and naive that it is positively shocking when Mondego turns on him, accusing him of treason, and having him sentenced to life in the dreary dungeon of Chateau D'If. Years of isolation and torture nearly defeat the revenge-thirsty Dant�s, but with the help of invaluable lessons from the Abb� Faria (Richard Harris), his luck slowly changes. An incredible prison break starts Dant�s on his way to a new life, and from there Reynolds' COUNT truly takes off. Battles with pirates lead to hunts for sunken ocean treasure, and soon Dantes is living in Marseille as the transformed, newly rich, self-proclaimed Count of Monte Cristo. Installed in a ritzy chateau, he slowly unfurls his excrutiatingly careful plans to exact his revenge on Mondego and all those who ever wronged him.

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Number of Discs:1
Rating:PG-13 (MPAA)
Film Country:USA

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"...Opulently produced and superbly acted....Caviezel embodies the transformation of his character completely..."
Box Office - Annlee Ellingson (02/01/2002)

"...Caviezel's quiet intensity and now trademark haunted eyes means it's him you'll be watching....Very enjoyable..."
Total Film - Ceri Thomas (05/01/2002)

"...A lavishly mounted and appealingly old-fashioned swashbuckler....The pic boasts a compelling human element to complement lively storytelling and sporadic action highlights..."
Variety - Joe Leydon (01/28/2002)

"...It's the kind of adventure picture the studios churned out in the Golden Age -- so traditional it almost feels new..."
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert (03/24/2002)

"...Caviezel makes a good fall guy..."
Entertainment Weekly - Karen Valby (09/13/2002)

"...Handsomely mounted....The costumes and furnishings are scrupulously detailed and give off a sense of authenticity..."
Sight and Sound - Philip Kemp (05/01/2002)

"...The period details are meticulous....The director is well served by his hardworking cast....Hard to resist..."
New York Times - A. O. Scott (01/25/2002)

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