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Super Reviewer
½ June 26, 2008
somewhat melodramatic but still the best film adaptation of dumas' classic, a childhood fave of mine. <3 robert donat
Super Reviewer
June 24, 2008
"the count of monte cristo" is the first sound flick adapted from dumas' masterpiece. and it shows the versatile scale of the 39 steps legendary actor robert donat's potentiality for swashbuckler gendre, and also it is donat's first collaboration with hollywood. undisputedly robert donat's version is the best ever on screen.

"the count of monte cristo" is alexander dumas' classic tale of chivalric avengence. donat plays dantes who has been wrongly accused of treason, and he vows to revenge due to the loss of his youth and his one true love, then he discovers the treasure of monte cristo so he purchases himself a status to cast doom to those who have mistreated him maliciously. it has the essence of swashbuckler as well as the confrontation of good and evil, but it's dubbed with a sense of solemnity instead of the errolesque frivolosity which populates in this gendre.

the movie remains faithful to dumas' book and robert donat does have the knightly presence of enigmatic count and his elegance oozes from the sword duets and every suave phrase of his. the story is handled concisely to catch up the proper pace without over-sentimentalized melodramaticity despite its apparent tint of romanticism.

eccentricly the mere approach for this flick to occur to people's sight would be the cameo in "v for vedentta" which is natalie portman's recent flick of dystopic graphic novel. "the count of monte cristo" becomes the parallelling comparison to the disfigured pratagonist's ruin of wretched betrayls.

robert donat's accomplished performance in monte cristo earns himself an opportunity to take the lead in "captain blood" which leaves to errol flynn later. but donat turns it down becuz of his disdain for hollywood and his reluctance to shoot the production inside united states. donat is also one of hitchcock's fav leading men and hitchcock has scheduled three flicks in a row for him: "the 39 steps"," the secret agent" and "sabotage" but donat could only be in one due to his asthma illness and his dilemma of multi contracts. donat shall be one of the most talented, handsomest and mostly underused actors in britain who could have achieved superstardom. but he's tragically forgotten, so is his "count of monte cristo".
Super Reviewer
July 9, 2008
Nice adaptation of a good story. Donat is flawless as usual and the supporting cast does a great job too. I love the old swashbuckling films of the '30's and this one up there with Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk. Donat is really underrated.
Super Reviewer
½ February 14, 2008
Loved it...and the eternal remakes. Great stories have a habit of making any movie.
May 19, 2007
If this is the one with James Caviesal (Spelled his name wrong - Sorry) - ITS AMAZING and AWESOME! LOVE IT!
½ August 31, 2015
Swashbucklin' adventure at its best! Robert Donat plays Edmund Dantes, a poor sailor vilely and wrongly imprisoned in an island jail by corrupt French officials. Indeed, the key is metaphorically thrown away when his phony death certificate is signed by wicked Louis Calhern - thus, his fate is sealed without a trial even (at least not yet). In prison for a decade or more, he finally meets up with another long-bearded mentor (who has tunnelled for 8 years to reach him) who then schools him in science and all other arts until finally....a clever escape! But I shan't tell Alexandre Dumas's entire story here. Suffice it to say, with the assistance of a buried treasure on another lonely isle, Dantes emerges as the newly titled Count of Monte Cristo and slowly seeks justice and revenge on those who imprisoned him. Each episode is rousingly triumphant (as the score cues us to cheer) and Donat's performance is impeccably classy and full of honour throughout. Although the supporting cast isn't all up to his standard, there are a few standout familiar faces (for example, what's Preston Sturges fave Raymond Walburn doing here as an enjoyably pompous villain?). Yet things are so wonderfully surging that viewers young and old can't help but be swept along to the exciting conclusion. Touché!
April 4, 2014
If you look past the fact that it is filmed way back in black and white, the 1934 adaptation presents you with a very enjoyable Dumas experience, the closest achieved till date.
½ February 27, 2014
It has a couple of exciting sequences and fine cinematography, but The Count of Monte Cristo ends up being barely above the average film thanks to so-so acting, very static approach which is ridiculous for such an exciting story and poor directing and editing - the beginning is too dragged, some sequences are unfortunately very rushed and the ending is very abrupt.
January 3, 2012
Muito bom, bem atuado e muito bem feito por um filme de 1934 (ainda à (C) preto e branco), foi um dos filmes mais antigos q assisti
February 22, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010

(1934) The Count of Monte Cristo


A movie based on a novel by Alexander Dundas. This is no ordinary swashbuckling film but a film about retribution. And the hero does this without really any physicality or predictable confrontaions BUT by using his wits, ingenuity and a lot of money. This film also does a good job about a mans dilemmas of retribution since the central character was a Christian.

January 16, 2010
The best version of this classic tale. My favorite film of all time.
November 14, 2009
Best filming of the book ever. Splendid acting.
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