Review: ‘The Count of Monte Cristo’

Richard Chamberlain is Edmond Dantes, the romantic young sailor railroaded to prison for 15 years. After his escape, aided by an old fellow prisoner, the story gets down to his obsessive revenge against the four money and/or power-hungry men who conspired against him.

Richard Chamberlain is Edmond Dantes, the romantic young sailor railroaded to prison for 15 years. After his escape, aided by an old fellow prisoner, the story gets down to his obsessive revenge against the four money and/or power-hungry men who conspired against him.

All this is retailed in a most workmanlike fashion. Script and moral values appear respectful of the original text, and the Alexandre Dumas saga is performed with ample conviction and polish. But it’s developed with more sincerity than interest or dramatic originality, and with no style of its own.

Chamberlain is appealing and reasonably persuasive as the hero robbed of both his best years and his betrothed, the latter played touchingly in a promising feature bow by British-based Canadian Kate Nelligan.

The Count of Monte Cristo

UK

Production

ITC. Director David Greene; Producer Norman Rosemart; Screenplay Sidney Carroll; Camera Aldo Tonti; Editor Gene Milford; Music Allyn Ferguson;; Art Director Walter Patriarca

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 103 MIN.

With

Richard Chamberlain Tony Curtis Trevor Howard Louis Jourdan Donald Pleasence Kate Nelligan
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