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A parole violator in early 19th Century France is relentlessly pursued and persecuted by an obsessive policeman.

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After stealing a loaf a bread to feed a starving family, Jean Valjean is sentenced to ten years at hard labor as a galley slave. There he is taught to read and write by another prisoner and meets Javert, an obsessive policeman who was himself born to convict parents aboard a prison ship. After his release, Valjean is treated as a pariah but finally finds shelter in the home of a kindly bishop. Valjean repays the clergyman's generosity by stealing his silver plate. He is apprehended by the authorities and returned to the bishop but is amazed when the kindly old priest tells them that the valuable plates were a gift. This becomes a transforming experience for the ex-convict, who establishes himself under an assumed name in a small country village as factory manager and ultimately mayor. Unfortunately the newly-promoted Javert is assigned there as chief inspector. Although he doesn't recognize his old nemesis at first, the two clash over Javert's overzealous prosecution of the letter of ... Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 22, 1952 with Debra Paget and Robert Newton reprising their film roles. See more »

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Bishop Courbet: Yes, even in the most evil men, my son, there is some good.
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The Best Version of Les Miserables
23 July 2002 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This was the first version of Les Miserables that I saw. I have seen 3 versions since, including the excellent French version with Gerard Depardieu and John Malkovich, but none has the same sheer storytelling power of the 1952 version. Michael Rennie and Robert Newton are superb in their contrasting roles, and the support cast is excellent.


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