A ripping yarn that's survived many movie adaptations, Alexandre Dumas pere
's The Count of Monte Cristo
, published in 1844-45, offers up more than 1000 pages of love, betrayal, action, intrigue and intricately plotted revenge the challenge for filmmakers has always been paring it down to manageable size. At its heart is poor Edmond Dantes (Jim Caviezel), a young man of low birth but decent prospects. Marseilles, 1814: Hard-working sailor Dantes hopes to earn his captain's papers so he can marry his lovely fiancée, Mercedes (Dagmara Dominczyk) and support his elderly father. But Dantes crossed first mate Danglars (Albie Woodington) on their l...