The Count of Monte Cristo (2002 film)

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The Count of Monte Cristo is a 2002 action/adventure film about the life of Edmond Dantès, a Frenchman falsely accused of collaborating with an exiled Napoleon Bonaparte and sent off to prison in the infamous Chateau d'If, where he concocts a plan to seek revenge on those responsible.

Edmond

  • Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next. What makes you a man is what you do when that storm comes. You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine! Then the fates will know you as we know you: as Albert Mondego, the man!
  • Only a man who has felt ultimate despair is capable of feeling ultimate bliss.
  • You didn't think I would make it that easy did you?
  • If you ever loved me, don't rob me of my hate. It's all I have.
  • I'm a Count not a saint.
  • How did I escape? With difficulty. How did I plan this moment? With pleasure.
  • You've only got one shot, and it will take more than that to stop me
  • Why? In God's name, why?

Jacopo

  • Why not just kill them? I'll do it! I'll run up to Paris - bam, bam, bam, bam. I'm back before week's end. We spend the treasure. How is this a bad plan?
  • Once again, Zatarra, God sees you out of the corner of His eye.
  • I swore to protect you, even if it means i have to protect you from yourself.

Count Mondego

  • It's complicated
  • Take your vengeance. But know that the blood you spill is noble. Blood that will never run through your veins. You are no more a count than I am a commoner!
  • Because you are the son of a clerk! And I am not supposed to want to be you.

Abbe Faria

  • With two of us digging, we can cover twice the ground. It'll only take us, oh... 8 years to reach the outer wall. [Edmond laughs] Ohh... and does something else demand your time? Some pressing appointment, perhaps?

Napoleon

  • We are all kings or pawns.

Dialogue

Edmond: There are two thousand, three hundred and twenty-two blocks in my walls. I have counted them many times.
Abbe Faria: Ahh! [laughs] But have you named them yet?

Edmond: Monsiour, I know you must hear this a great deal, but I assure you, I am innocent. Everyone must say that, I know but I truly am.
Warden: Innocent?
Edmond: Yes.
Warden: I know, I really do know.
Edmond: You mock me?
Warden: No, my dear Dantes, I know perfectly well that you are innocent. Why else would you be here? If you were truly guilty there are a hundred prisons in France where they would lock you away. But, Chateau d'if is where they put the ones they're ashamed of.

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