Revealing mistake: About seven seconds after Mercedes screams, "No!" at the climax of the movie, there is a shot of all the characters involved in that scene. If you look out the door you can see a white car drive by. (01:59:40)
Edmond (James Caviezel) kills Fernand (Guy Pearce). Mercedes is shot but survives. Albert is Edmond's son, not Fernand's son. Edmond gets back together with Mercedes, buys Chateau d'If and thanks the priest for the final and most valuable lesson.
Albert Mondego: Who are you, and why are you doing this?
Luigi: We are bad men, and for the money.
Trivia: Director Kevin Reynolds shot two versions of the scene with Villefort and Monte Cristo, one in which the pistol is loaded and one with the pistol not loaded. The original cut of the film had the loaded pistol, but it was changed after test audiences expressed their preference for an unloaded pistol scenario, thus having Villefort be forced to go to prison and suffer as Edmond had.
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