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The Count Of Monte Cristo

Released

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

131

Cast

James Caviezel

Guy Pearce

Richard Harris

Luis Guzman

Studio

(pictures (c)2002 Touchstone Pictures)

Still shot from the movie: The Count Of Monte Cristo.

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OverallC+
ViolenceC-
SexC
LanguageB-
Drugs/AlcoholC
Run Time131

Making the Grades

The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002) - Official siteLIFE SEEMS SOMEHOW CHARMED for Edmond Dantes (Jim Caviezel). This illiterate son of a common clerk has a beautiful fianc0xE9e, Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk), and a new position as ship's captain. But his world starts to crumble when he and his friend Mondego (Guy Pearce) have a chance encounter with the exiled Napoleon. Jealous of Dantes' good fortune and unable to lure away his lover, Mondego uses the meeting to frame the new captain with treason.

The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002) - Official site Sentenced without even the semblance of a trial by an overzealous government official (James Frain), the young French sailor is sent to the Chateau D'If, an Alcatraz-like prison with a barbaric warden (Michael Wincott). He grows increasingly despondent and angry until he meets a fellow inmate, Abbe Faria (Richard Harris). Despite his own unjust incarceration, the elderly man maintains his decorum as a gentleman while chipping away at the rocky floor of his penitentiary. Under his hand, Dantes is educated, learns the art of swordplay.... and acquires a map to hidden treasure.

Escaping from the Chateau D'If, Dantes reincarnates himself as the wealthy and extravagant Count of Monte Cristo. Considering death to be an easy out for his enemies, he meticulously plots a painful revenge for each of them with the aid of his assistant Jacopo (Luis Guzman) and a band of seafaring smugglers. All goes well until a casual twist of fate unlocks his true identity.

The Count Of Monte Cristo (2002) - Official siteThe Count Of Monte Cristo is yet another remake of the swashbuckling adventure written by Alexandre Dumas. Along with themes of betrayal and vengeance, there are plentiful swordplay, (including the graphic skewering of at least two unlucky combatants), knife fights, draconian whipping scenes at the Chateau D'If prison, attempted suicides, shootings, and premeditated treachery. Between fights, the lovely Mercedes finds herself in more than one compromising situation (with brief male nudity) involving her lover and the man she marries.

Although beautifully filmed with lavish costumes and settings, parents may find the film's moral lessons paltry by comparison. Rather than leave justice to a higher source, Dantes makes sure he gets all his jabs in before he buries the hatchet.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about The Count Of Monte Cristo.

Faria is proof that circumstances don’t have to dictate our attitudes. How did offering his thanks for the meager scoop of food help him maintain his status as a true gentleman? How important is it to express gratitude?

Why was Dantes so thrilled to see a chair when he entered Faria’s cell? What other items did Faria have that helped make his incarceration more bearable? What three items would you want to have if you were locked in a room for many years?

Home Video Viewing Alternatives

Here are some ideas for home video titles that are related to The Count Of Monte Cristo.

Pay It Forward and Frequency are two other movies that star actor Jim Caviezel. Richard Harris can be seen as Headmaster Albus Dumbledoor in Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone.

The writings of Alexandre Dumas have been the basis for many films, such as The Musketeer and The Three Musketeers. Due to the swashbuckling nature of his work, these film adaptations may not be appropriate for the entire family.

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
PG Violence, Sexually Suggestive Scenes
AB PG Violent Scenes
MB Not Rated Violence, Not Recommended for Children-----
ON Not Rated Violence
QC G Not Suitable for Children
NB
NS
NL
PE
PG

Canadian Home Video Rating: PG

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