Corrected entry: Edmond is illiterate before he meets Abbé Faria. Ship's officers, let alone captains, could not be illiterate - they had to be able to read charts and almanacs, make navigation calculations, read inventories and complete ships' logs. In any case, as the son of a clerk he is very unlikely not to have been taught to read and write. (Though based on the book, this is still a mistake.)
Corrected entry: When Jacopo introduces the Count of Monte Cristo for the first time to all the guests, he floats in on a hot-air balloon with a background of fireworks. In the time period in which this movie is portrayed, there was no such technology for fireworks, let alone hot-air balloons.
Corrected entry: In the scene on the beach after Dantes' imprisonment in Château d'If, as he looks off-screen to the left, behind his head in the upper right hand corner of the screen you can see what appears to be a large blue tarp and someone walking - apparently crew. (01:01:00)
Corrected entry: In the scene at Fernand's house where Edmond discovers that Fernand betrayed him and the two engage in a swordfight, Edmond falls backwards over a chair or ottoman. The camera follows Edmond, but Fernand is still in the shot enough for the audience to see him drop his sword and quickly scramble to retrieve it.
Corrected entry: In the climactic fight scene, Dantes and Fernand are fighting in a vast wheat field. The wheat changes periodically from new ( green ) to mature ( harvest-ready beige.).
Corrected entry: The Château d'If is not a small castle on a large island as depicted. The fortress occupies the entire island, its walls rising sheer from the cliffs. Far from being bought by the Count in the 1830s, it remained a government fortress until 1890.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Fern and his companion are looking out onto the courtyard from his balcony, the fountains are glowing from under the water. I would really like to know how that is done, considering that fire is the only light source available in this time period. (01:34:30)
Corrected entry: During Edmond's stay in prison his teeth have rotted. But after he becomes Count Monte Cristo they are pearly white.
Corrected entry: In the scene where Edmund went to Fernand's house trying to escape and Fernand pulled his sword, look in the mirror. There is a reflection of someone there who is neither Edmund nor Fernand.
Corrected entry: In the scene where the Count reveals to Fernand that he is Edmond, there is a brief skirmish during which Edmond takes Fernand's sword and throws it aside. When his son arrives on the scene, he breaks Edmond's sword, so Edmond is forced to grab the sword on the ground, formerly that of Fernand. However, later, as the last battle between them is beginning, Fernand draws a sword with which to fight Edmond. Unless he was carrying two (unlikely), this sword came from nowhere.
Corrected entry: In the beach scene at the beginning of the movie, where Edmund and his companion are attacked by soldiers, the companion fires a shot from a blackpowder pistol. He reaches across Edmund and fires the pistol about a foot away from Edmund's ear, but Edmund does not even flinch. An unexpected pistol shot this close to your ear would hurt quite a bit, possibly even breaking an eardrum. (00:02:50)
Corrected entry: When the count and his "man" take the treasure boxes out of the water to load them into a boat, they are immediatly dry. (01:13:20)
Corrected entry: When Mercedes first shows Edmond the string on her finger after their separation, the string is wrapped twice around her finger. The next time the string is shown on her finger, it only circles it once.
Corrected entry: Edmund Dantes never read the letter from Napoleon because, by his own admission, he could not read (he was later taught in prison by the old Priest). So how is it that when he first got to his cell he engraved "God Will Give Me Justice" on the wall before he was taught to read? Furthermore, when he was about to commit suicide (again - before he was taught to read) he 'read' the inscription, and supposedly these words gave him the strength to live on.
Corrected entry: In the last scene Fernand has a pistol and obviously fires more than 1 shot but back then the guns would not have fired more than 1 shot.
Corrected entry: In the middle of the movie when Edmond Dantès escapes from the prison using the old man's body bag, he rips the keys off the body of the warden and pulls in into the water. However, when he is in the water freeing himself from the body bag, he uses the keys to get out of the bag, yet he ends up cutting the bag with a knife. There is no knife present earlier in the movie, otherwise it would have been easier to cut the prison walls or dig the tunnel.
Corrected entry: When Edmund Dantes is arrested by Villefort he gives the letter from Bonaparte to Villefort to read. Villefort breaks the seal (candle wax) to read the contents of the letter. But later it shows Fernand Mandego in a flash back taking the letter out of Edmunds coat breaking the seal and reading the letter. That seal could not be broken twice.