The Count of Monte Cristo (1998 miniseries)

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The Count of Monte Cristo
Written by Alexandre Dumas, père (novel)
Didier Decoin
Directed by Josée Dayan
Starring Gérard Depardieu
Ornella Muti
Jean Rochefort
Music by Bruno Coulais
Country of origin France
Original language(s) French
Producer(s) Jean-Pierre Guérin
Cinematography Vittorio Storaro
Running time 400 minutes
Distributor TF1
Original release 7 September 1998 (1998-09-07)

The Count of Monte Cristo (a.k.a. Le Comte de Monte Cristo) is a French-Italian four-part miniseries based on the 1844 novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père.


Edmond Dantès is falsely accused of Bonapartism and sentenced to spend the rest of his life imprisoned in the dreaded Château d'If, an island fortress from which no prisoner has ever escaped, and to which the most dangerous political prisoners are sent. While imprisoned, he meets Abbé Faria, a fellow prisoner whom everyone believes to be mad. Abbé tells Edmond of a fantastic treasure hidden away on a tiny island, that only he knows the location. After many years in prison, the old Abbé dies, and Edmond escapes disguised as the dead body to find the treasure Abbé told him of, so he can use the new-found wealth to exact revenge on those who have wronged him.


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