Next to On the Road, The Count of Monte Cristo is my favorite book. Compelling love story, adventure, tales of really really wicked revenge… you can’t go wrong.
The Count of Monte Cristo the movie, however, is, at the very best, the second worst movie I’ve ever seen (coming in after Weekend at Bernie’s II, or more recently, Star Wars, Episode II). They absolutely butchered the plot, re-organized the main characters, invented or overly-enhanced others, and more or less changed the story to be a nearly unrecognizable load of crap.
Though that may be too harsh. If, say, the movie was entitled Captain Chris and his Crazy Crew it would have been pretty good. Either way, it does NOT hold a candle to the book (where the hell did that expression come from, anyway?)