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The Count of Monte Cristo/Man Friday [2 Discs] [DVD/Blu-ray] [Blu-ray/DVD]

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Synopsis

The Count of Monte Cristo
Richard Chamberlain stars in this lavishly appointed adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas adventure story. When Count Edmond Dantes (Richard Chamberlain) is stripped of his wealth and sent to prison for crimes he did not commit, he swears to get revenge against those who wronged him. With the help of Abbe (Trevor Howard), a fellow prisoner, the Count escapes and sets forth to see that justice is done. The supporting cast includes Tony Curtis as Mondego, Louis Jourdan as De Villefort, and Donald Pleasance as Danglars. This seventh of eight film versions of The Count of Monte Cristo was produced for American television but received a theatrical release in Europe. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Man Friday
If you're looking for revisionism, Man Friday has it in abundance. Peter O'Toole stars as Daniel Defoe's fabled castaway Robinson Crusoe, while Richard Roundtree plays Crusoe's "man Friday". Crusoe makes it his mission in life to convert Friday to Christianity, but this pales in comparison to the marooned man's strenuous efforts to be accepted by Friday's fellow tribesmen. In fact, due to Friday's superior know-how, it is Crusoe who ends up the slave! This curious turn of events was the basis of Adrian Mitchell's stage play, which used the Defoe work as a mere launching pad. When screened in Cannes, Man Friday included a bizarre ending in which the crazed Crusoe, failing to come up to Friday's exacting standards, kills himself (perhaps Defoe rejected this notion back in 1712 because you couldn't have a dead narrator back then). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Richard Chamberlain
    Richard Chamberlain - Edmond Dantes
  • Tony Curtis
    Tony Curtis - Mondego
  • Trevor Howard
    Trevor Howard - Abbe Faria
  • Louis Jourdan
    Louis Jourdan - De Villefort
  • Donald Pleasence
    Donald Pleasence - Danglars
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