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The Count of Monte Cristo Collection (Miniseries)
The Count of Monte Cristo Collection
Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Ornella Muti, Jean Rochefort, Pierre Arditi, Sergio Rubini
Director: Josée Dayan
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2000     6hr 40min

Memories of past adaptations of the Alexandre Dumas novel inevitably hover over this four-part French miniseries, originally broadcast on American cable television in 1999. It's hard, for instance, to top the 1934 feature...  more »


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Actors: Gérard Depardieu, Ornella Muti, Jean Rochefort, Pierre Arditi, Sergio Rubini
Director: Josée Dayan
Creators: Willy Stassen, Dominique Roy, Doris Kirch, Jacques Bar, Jean-Pierre Guérin, Alexandre Dumas père, Didier Decoin
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Television, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Love & Romance, Miniseries, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Fox Lorber
Format: DVD - Color - Miniseries
DVD Release Date: 02/29/2000
Original Release Date: 06/21/1999
Theatrical Release Date: 06/21/1999
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 6hr 40min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: French
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

G. Depardieu glows
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This movie was recently shown for 4 nights on tv - it was so beautifully filmed, gorgeously costumed, and touchingly acted that we were riveted every night. For the French students in our house the language was a chance to practice what they were learning in school. For the parents it was an historically accurate trip to the early 19th century, as well as a philosophical journey guided by Victor Hugo. By all means, watch this production."
For fans of literature, horror, mystery, & indies - STELLAR
janebob | 03/01/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have never read the book "Count of Monte Cristo", so I can't say how closely the film follows it. But I caught this flipping through channels one night and got hooked. I'm stunned at how good this is: great cinematics, costuming, casting -- first rate production that takes its time developing like "I, Claudius" or other classic lit pieces. But what's fun about the story is that the Count(Depardieu)is like an early detective -- a cross between Dracula and Sherlock Holmes. He's a wonderfully enigmatic and complex character -- out for revenge yet unable to help being a decent guy. He dabbles in alchemy, swoops through the night, dons various disguises. The story contains several sub-plots that are like mini "cases" the Count resolves, all within a longer, continuing theme. The count's side-kick, Bertuccio, was a wonderful character as well, played by a charmingly original actor. All in all, this is one worth buying and playing over and over, whether you're into costume dramas, A&E Mysteries or romance. And if you're a Depardieu fan, you're *really* in for a treat. He's wonderful in this."
Le Compte De Monte Cristo - Bravo
Harold Siegler | Colorado Springs, Colorado United States | 10/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have long ago dispelled the notion that any movie production faithfully reproduces a book as written. For those zealots who desire this, see George C. Scott's rendition of Dickens, A Christmas Carol. Alexander Dumas did not write the Count of Monte Cristo as a single novel, but rather as a long series of chapters in a French periodical of the time, hence its almost 1500 page length which would require a movie in excess of 800 hours.I have always enjoyed Gerard Depardieu in whatever role he portrayed, either in English (Porthos, Columbus) or in his French films. It was said that Depardieu did not portray the stature of Edmund Dantes, but let's face it, Gerard is a big guy. Even Dumas does not describe Dantes as a sickly wretch, even though his food was described as "maggot ridden slop". To paraphrase this, no actor has ever portrayed a role as one invisions when reading a novel, least of all, any actor that ever portrayed Jean Val Jean in Les Miserables. Le Comte De Monte Cristo captures the essence of the book which concerns a man bent on revenge, yet not so totally consumed that he looses his sense of humanity. I have recently re-read many of the classics that were part of my father's literary collection and must say that the movie ended on a happier note than the book.The scenes and demeanor of the gentry were extremely faithful to the time frame of the novel, as were the portrayal of the suporting cast of character. Although the movie is presented in French with English subtitles, I feel that this should not dissuade one from seeing it. Since movies are to be entertaining, I feel that this one fits the bill. If one wants the purity of the original, read the book"
An Exceptional Tale
stupidparrot | 11/03/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Count of Monte Cristo story has always interested me and I had been curious about this version since I first heard about it. I sat down to begin watching it and spent the next almost seven hours drawn to the tale all over again in a new way. An old story told once again, this time with fuller and richer detail and more compelling than ever. The Bravo version is far superior to any version from Hollywood. At first I was disappointed by the English sub-titles but now I must say the movie was better for it - I enjoyed the French dialogue (it immersed one more in the setting) and the sub-titles forced me to focus much more on what was happening. Gerard Depardieu was a very believable Edmond Dantes and the writers did with wonders with the script. While this version is too long for someone looking for a quick movie fix it is worth every minute of it when you take the time to see it all."