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      The Count of Monte Cristo

      Released Aug 29, 1934 1h 53m Adventure List
      88% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 77% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings In the midst of the tumultuous Napoleonic era, Frenchman Edmond Dantes (Robert Donat) is charged with a trumped-up crime and sent to prison. But after years of confinement, he escapes, and in the process secures a vast fortune hidden away on the island of Monte Cristo, off the Italian coast. Rebranding himself as a man of nobility and means, Edmond aims to settle scores with traitorous former friend Mondego (Sidney Blackmer) and the others who took his freedom and his fiancée (Elissa Landi). Read More Read Less

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      Otis Ferguson The New Republic The picture would have been stronger if both the story and the whole company had been better: as it is, I cannot think of faults without remembering that while the thing was going forward I was sitting up in my seat hoping for him to soak them plenty. Jan 23, 2024 Full Review Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: 4/5 Aug 1, 2003 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins Unfortunately, many of the finer degrees of avengement aren't translated to the screen with the finesse or components necessary to create cinematic splendor. Rated: 7/10 Jul 26, 2020 Full Review Ann Ross Maclean's Magazine The Dumas story very much as Dumas wrote it: which leaves nothing to complain about. Aug 1, 2019 Full Review Charles Davy The Spectator This is a picture for those whom like their full money's worth of solid entertainment. Oct 4, 2018 Full Review Sean Axmaker Parallax View ... slow and static and creaky, stopping dead for monologues and exposition to explain what the film can't afford to show. Feb 19, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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      john g excellent entertainment - Donat does a great job Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review william d I think Robert Donat is an outstanding actor, but I must admit he seems a bit off his game here. Still, this is a decent retelling of the Dumas classic, and Donat on a bad day is still better than most actors' best. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member It’s hard not to get excited about any version of The Count of Monte Cristo. It is a classic novel for a reason, because this might be one of the most satisfying revenge stories of all time. After watching friends and enemies bring Dantes down despite the fact that he did nothing wrong, you want to see all of them taught a lesson. Robert Donat does a good job of playing the character differently prior to his imprisonment with a certain innocence, and then switching to bold confidence after his escape. He also looked different, so I can commend the makeup and hair people for pulling that off, and forgive them for how humorously bad his beard looked when he was in prison. I will say, I wanted something more from the entire time in prison. Perhaps a better montage establishing how he was learning so much, and still had the time to dig his escape route would have helped. I think this classic version of Dumas’ novel suffers a bit for me because I enjoyed the 2002 version so much, and did find myself comparing the two occasionally. There are some tweaks made in that adaptation which change the story slightly, and I thought they worked quite well. Also, with a more modern style of film-making they were able to add more action and exciting effects that simply weren’t possible in the 1930s. That doesn’t change the fact that the story was still effective in this version. In fact, purists who want a fully accurate presentation of the story would probably prefer this film. While I might not lean towards watching Rowland V. Lee’s The Count of Monte Cristo, it is a solid film and I wouldn’t mind watching it again. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 05/07/20 Full Review Audience Member Although not outstanding, a good adaptation of the original work. As a curiosity, it is the version V watchs on screen in "V for Vendetta". Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Personally I loved the story line and redemption of the pure hearted ! And to think these things could've happened to anyone in this time period is just astonishing and to see a gentleman prevail in the face of death like that time after time is just amazing Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member The best thrilling movie ever made! With the best movie character ever portrayed: Robert Donat as Edmond Dantes! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis In the midst of the tumultuous Napoleonic era, Frenchman Edmond Dantes (Robert Donat) is charged with a trumped-up crime and sent to prison. But after years of confinement, he escapes, and in the process secures a vast fortune hidden away on the island of Monte Cristo, off the Italian coast. Rebranding himself as a man of nobility and means, Edmond aims to settle scores with traitorous former friend Mondego (Sidney Blackmer) and the others who took his freedom and his fiancée (Elissa Landi).
      Director
      Rowland V. Lee
      Producer
      Edward Small
      Production Co
      Edward Small Productions
      Genre
      Adventure
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 29, 1934, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 17, 2020
      Runtime
      1h 53m
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