What's the Difference between The Count of Monte Cristo the Book and The Count of Monte Cristo the Movie?


The Count of Monte Cristo

Released: 1908
Author: Alexandre Dumas

The Count of Monte Cristo

Released: 2002
Director: Kevin Reynolds
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Edmond Dantes
Edmond Dantes
Portrayed by: Jim Caviezel
Fernand Mondego
Fernand Mondego
Portrayed by: Guy Pearce
The Count of Monte Cristo Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   Villefort has a daughter named Valentine. His wife is named Valentine.
   Fernand and Mercedes Mondego have a son named Albert. Albert turns out to be Edmond Dantes' son with Mercedes.
   Mondego is the cousin of Mercedes and he is only an acquaintance of Edmond. Edmond and Mondego are best friends.
   Dantes slowly seeks his revenge on the people who put him in prison by using his intelligence, planning and patience. He seeks revenge by having sword fights and violence.
   Dantes finds a new love, Haydee. The character of Haydee doesn't appear.
   Villefort is driven insane by the murder suicide of his wife and child. Villefort is charged with murder and goes to prison.
   Dantes ruins Danglars using financial manipulation. Dantes fights Danglars and he is sent to prison.
   Edmond and Mercedes never have sex. They had premarital sex resulting in the birth of Albert.
   Dantes believes his is doing God's work in carrying out his vengeance. He has doubts about the morality of his quest for revenge.
   Edmond's dad, Louis Dantes starves to death Louis Dantes hangs himself
   Edmond Dantes is first arrested at his betrothal feast Edmond is arrested when he is celebrating his captainship with Mercedes and his dad
   Edmond reveals Mondego's betrayals during the war and the sale of Pasha's daughter into slavery. Mondego commits suicide. Edmond tricks Mondego into taking chests he thought contained gold, but really contained dirt. He then finds out that Mercedes still loves Edmond and that Albert is not his son. He fights Edmond and is stabbed through the heart.
   Edmond realizes that vengeance hurts everyone, including himself and those he loves. Edmond has a happy ending. His vengeance was a worthwhile endeavor that got his old life back and punished his enemies.
   Edmond leaves Mercedes alone after he gets his revenge on Mondego. Edmond and Mercedes reunite.
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