Contrary to his own opinions, Donat's work in The Count of Monte Cristo was judged very favorably by the as "lean, intelligent and quietly overwhelming...unmarked by hysteria or the grand ham manner which the part invites." The production, guided by director Rowland V. Lee and producer Edward Small, was also given raves for being "passionate and grand" and called "a walloping melodrama of revenge."
The Count of Monte Cristo was filmed several times in the silent era, including a 1913 production featuring stage star James O'Neill, father of playwright Eugene O'Neill, and a 1922 version with John Gilbert. This 1934 production spawned a sequel, (1940), also directed by Lee and starred Louis Hayward as Dantes's son and Joan Bennett as his lady, and another, (1946), with Hayward again, but as Dantes Sr. this time (a situation that must have been slightly confusing for audiences). The original story was also filmed in Mexico (1942) and France (1943 and 1954, the latter starring Jean Marais), a number of times on television (including a 1975 version starring Richard Chamberlain), and most recently (2002) starring James Caviezel as Dantes, Guy Pearce as his nemesis Mondego, and Richard Harris as the aged fellow prisoner Abbè Faria. In (2005), the title character claims it as his favorite movie, proving the enduring appeal not only of Dumas's story but of the revenge motive as a driving force in literature...and life.
Below is a gallery of photos from the 2002 version of the Alexander Dumas classic, "THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO". This version stars James Caviezel, Dagmara Dominczyk, Guy Pearce, James Frain and Richard Harris: