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The Count of Monte-Cristo (1975)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, History | TV Movie 10 January 1975
A young officer, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friends," escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.

Director:

David Greene

Writers:

Sidney Carroll (screenplay), Alexandre Dumas (based on the novel by)
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Chamberlain ... Edmond Dantes
Trevor Howard ... Abbe Faria
Louis Jourdan ... De Villefort
Donald Pleasence ... Danglars
Tony Curtis ... Fernand Mondego
Kate Nelligan ... Mercedes
Angelo Infanti Angelo Infanti ... Jacopo
Harold Bromley Harold Bromley ... M. Morrell
George Willing George Willing ... Andre Morrell
Alessio Orano Alessio Orano ... Caderousse
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... M. Dantes
Dominic Barto Dominic Barto ... Bertuccio
Harry Baird ... Ali
Isabelle De Valvert Isabelle De Valvert ... Haydee (as Isabelle de Valvert)
Taryn Power ... Valentine De Villefort
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Storyline

A TV adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel. Edmond Dantes is falsely accused by those jealous of his good fortune, and is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the notorious island prison, Chateau d'If. While imprisoned, he meets the Abbe Faria, a fellow prisoner whom everyone believes to be mad. The Abbe tells Edmond of a fantastic treasure hidden away on a tiny island, that only he knows the location of. After many years in prison, the old Abbe dies, and Edmond escapes disguised as the dead body. Now free, Edmond must find the treasure the Abbe told him of, so he can use the new-found wealth to exact revenge on those who have wronged him. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The classic tale of romance, revenge and retribution.


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Count of Monte-Cristo See more »

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Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(theatrical) | (theatrical) | (PAL DVD) | (US pay cable)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First English-language film of actress Taryn Power who previously had only appeared in Spanish language productions. See more »

Goofs

When the jailers throw the body into the sea from the Chateau D'If, rocks are seen below, but when the body splashes into the water, there are no rocks, only the fortified walls of the Chateau are seen at water level. See more »

Quotes

Edmond Dantes: [plans for revenge] I shall move like the Sword of the Lord with a terrible swiftness.
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Alternate Versions

As with the 1974 made-for-TV "Great Expectations", the European release of this film was more than ten minutes longer than the version that premiered on American TV. See more »

Connections

Version of The Count of Monte Cristo (1934) See more »

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wonderful adaptation
11 June 2005 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The Count of Monte Cristo as well as The Man in the Iron Mask were both made for television in the mid to late 1970s and starred the talented Richard Chamberlain. Yet, because they were originally made for TV, they seem to have vanished and I haven't seen either on TV since the early 1980s (though I did copy them to now worn out videotapes). It's a real shame, as they were first-rate and every bit as good as any Hollywood production--maybe better.

The Man in the Iron Mask was the better of the two stories, but both are about as good Alexander Dumas stories as you can find. This is due to the overall package--exceptional music, acting, writing and pacing. I simply don't know how you could have made them much better.


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