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Director: Tom Hooper

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne

Running Time: 157 minutes

Certificate: PG

Synopsis: When former prisoner Jean Valjean breaks his parole, he must spend a lifetime on the run from ruthless policeman Javert. But when Valjean takes a vow to care for the orphan girl Cosette, it proves a life-changing decision for them all…

Over a decade into Hollywood’s initiative to plunder every name value property possible, it seems odd that it’s taken so long to put ‘Les Mis’ on the big screen. But unlike remakes of 1970s cop shows and comic book adaptations, the ‘Les Miserables brand’ may not have the broad appeal the studios crave; it is, after all, a musical. And not the kind that has characters burst into song every time a pivotal plot point occurs, but the kind where the characters sing continuously, for pretty much the entire 157-minute runtime. »

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