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.