The Count of Monte Cristo
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The Count of Monte Cristo

131 min | Spain:134 min
Action | Adventure | Drama | Romance | Thriller
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Kevin Reynolds
Country: UK
Release Date: 2002-01-25
Filming Locations: Ardmore Studios, Herbert Road, Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland
Budget: $35,000,000
Opening Weekend: $11,376,150 (USA) (27 January 2002)
Gross: $54,234,062 (USA) (23 June 2002)
Helen McCrory
Helen McCrory
The Count of Monte Cristo
Jim Caviezel
Edmond Dantes
Guy Pearce
Fernand Mondego
Richard Harris
Abbé Faria
James Frain
J.F. Villefort
Dagmara Dominczyk
Mercedès Iguanada
Michael Wincott
Armand Dorleac
Luis Guzmán
Christopher Adamson
JB Blanc
Luigi Vampa
Guy Carleton
Mansion Owner
Alex Norton
Barry Cassin
Old Man Dantes
Henry Cavill
Albert Mondego
Zhara Moufid
Holga (credit only) (as Zhara)
Brendan Costello
Patrick Godfrey
Katherine Holme
Freddie Jones
Colonel Villefort
Joe Hanley
Partygoer No. 1
Mairead Devlin
Partygoer No. 2 (as Maireid Devlin)
Stella Feeley
Partygoer No. 3
Joseph Kelly
Ivan Kennedy
Alvaro Lucchesi
Karl O'Neill
Robert Price
Derek Reid
Eric Stovell
Viscount Toville
Jude Sweeney
Mondego Servant
Brian Thunder
Gregor Truter
Lt. Graypool
Andrew Woodall
Gendarmes Captain
Albie Woodington
Gregory James
French Dragoon (uncredited)
Did you know?
The green and brown silk gown Helen McCrory (Valentina Villefort) wears to Albert's party is the same gown Natasha Little (Augusta Leigh) wears when Byron escorts her to the ball in Byron (2003), and Victoria Hopkins wears on the lawn with Lisa Braund in The Regency House Party (2004).
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The beige dress with paisley bodice worn by an extra on the Marseilles wharf early in the film is the same costume Sabina Franklyn (Jane Bennet) wears at Longbourn in Pride and Prejudice (1980), Rachel Fielding (Mrs. Benson) wears in Princess Caraboo (1994), Julie Cox (Annabella Milbanke) wears to read Byron's poetry book in Byron (2003), and Freema Agyeman (Tattycoram) wears on the Marseilles wharf in Little Dorrit (2008). The same costume is also worn by a guest at Fanny's wedding in Miss Austen Regrets (2008).
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Jay Wolpert came up with the idea, not present in the novel, that Mondego and Dantes started out as best friends. His logic was that it would work better as a 'buddy' film that turned sinister. Wolpert believed that when a friendship soured, the hate generated was both more terrible and more believable.
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Edmund's eye color changes from brown to blue and back to brown continuing throughout the movie
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At Albert's birthday party, Mercedes clearly sits to the left of Edmond. However, in the close-ups, Edmond is seen looking to the right when looking at her.
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After the confrontation with the loyal Jacopo, the count tells him the he will walk home. While walking the streets at night we see the flickering flames of gas or oil lights up on posts along the street... but we also see that the buildings are grandly lit for effect. Though we don't see the actual lighting fixtures, we do see that the light is emitted in powerful and steady streams, something impossible to achieve from the technology of the time period.
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Abbe Faria: 2,500 cubic centimeters of rock and dust a day for 365 days.
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Dorleac: Now you're thinking, just now "Why me, O God?". The answer is, God has nothing to do with it. In fact, God is never in France this time of year.
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Danglar: You presume to demote me?
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Photos from cast
Helen McCrory