Count of Monte Cristo, The (film) Alexandre Dumas’s classic story of an innocent man, Edmond Dantes, wrongly but deliberately imprisoned on the infamous island prison of Chateau D’If and his brilliant strategy for revenge against those who betrayed him. After 13 years, he escapes from prison and transforms himself into the mysterious and wealthy Count of Monte Cristo, cleverly insinuating himself into the French nobility and systematically destroying the men who manipulated and enslaved him. A Touchstone Picture from Spyglass Entertainment. Released on January 25, 2002. Directed by Kevin Reynolds. Stars Jim Caviezel (Edmond Dantes), Guy Pearce (Fernand), Richard Harris (Abbe Faria), Dagmara Dominczyk (Mercedes), Luis Guzman (Jacopo), James Frain (Villefort), Henry Cavill (Albert). 131 min. Filmed on location in Ireland and Malta. Released on video in 2002.