Edmond Dantes is a middle class sailor in Marceilles, France, who is about to be promoted to the captain of the ship and to marry the girl he loves, the beautiful Mercedes. All these happy hopes collapse when Edmon is betrayed by his best friend, Fernand Mondego, wrongfully accused and thrown in jail.
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During the 13 years he spends in the Chateau d'If, Edmond turns into a totally different person. He goes from confused to desperate, and from desperate to angry and set on revenge. He befriends another prisoner, Faria, who takes care of Edmond's education, teaching him many things, from reading and writing to the wielding of the sword. Together, Edmond and Faria are digging a tunnel through the prison wall, hoping to escape. Faria's calculations show that the tunnel will take several years to complete, but, since both prisoners are sentenced to life in jail, they've got time. However, the tunnel is never completed. When a part of it collapses, Faria is badly injured. Before he dies, he tells Edmond the location of a long-lost treasure.
When Faria's body is prepared to be taken out, Edmond suddenly sees his chance to escape. He takes Faria's place in the burial sack and ends up being thrown into the sea where he is later picked up by a ship.
Following Faria's directions, Edmond finds the treasure. Now, rich beyond measure, he is well-equipped for revenge. He travels to Paris as the Count of Monte Cristo, tracks down his enemies and begins his quest. The first name on his list is, of course, Fernand Mondego, now married to Mercedes who has no idea what happened to Edmond and who had arranged his arrest.
The review of this Movie prepared by Laura Southcombe