I have been a big fan of the 2002 version of "Count of Monte Cristo". The other day I happen to see the 1975 version with Richard Chamberlain. After seeing it...I still much prefer the 2002 version. I have not read the book. So I have no idea which of the movies follows it closest. But, even if the 1975 version is closer to the book. I prefer the newer version. Just curious what others think of the movies and the book. Some differences in the two movies... -2002 version Mondego is the main villain. -2002 version Mercedes only marries Mondego to cover up the fact she is pregnant with Edmonds child. Which leads to a big change to the ending of both movies. 1975 version Albert is the son of Mondego and joins the army to escape the shame of his father. Mercedes rebukes Edmond to join him in Africa. In the 2002 version. She still loves Edmond and at the end Edmond, Albert & Mondego learn that Albert is Edmonds son. And they all live together as happy family at the end. -Danglers has a much bigger part in the 1975 version. -Their is a 4th antagonist (the thief on the ship) in the 1975 version. -I think the 2002 version handles the Chateau D'iff imprisonment with Abbe Farina way better. Showing how Edmond goes from an uneducated young man...to a learned man who "becomes" the Count of Monte Cristo". On a side note. I hear another movie is in the works.