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Les Miserables (TV Movie 1978)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Jean Valjean, convicted of stealing bread, is hounded for decades by the relentless and cruel policeman Javert.

Director: Glenn Jordan
Stars: Richard Jordan, Anthony Perkins, Cyril Cusack
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A variation on Victor Hugo's classic novel by means of the story of a man whose life is affected by and somewhat duplicated by the Hugo story of the beleaguered Jean Valjean.

Director: Claude Lelouch
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Michel Boujenah, Alessandra Martines
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The lives of numerous people over the course of 20 years in 19th century France, weaved together by the story of an ex-convict named Jean Valjean on the run from an obsessive police inspector, who pursues him for only a minor offense.

Director: Raymond Bernard
Stars: Harry Baur, Charles Vanel, Paul Azaïs
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In early 19th Century France an ex-convict who failed to report to parole is relentlessly pursued over a 20 year period by an obsessive policeman.

Director: Richard Boleslawski
Stars: Fredric March, Charles Laughton, Cedric Hardwicke
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Jean Valjean, pursued through the years for a minor infraction by the implacable policeman Javert, attempts to create a life for himself and for his adopted daughter Cosette amid the ... See full summary »

Director: Riccardo Freda
Stars: Gino Cervi, Valentina Cortese, Hans Hinrich
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

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

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Michael Rennie, Robert Newton, Debra Paget
Les misérables (TV Mini-Series 2000)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The scene is set during the French Restoration at the beginning of the 19th century. Jean Valjean, a galley slave who was sent to prison for stealing food, is now released after serving ... See full summary »

Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, John Malkovich
Crime | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Jean Valjean, a Frenchman imprisoned for stealing bread, must flee a police officer named Javert. The pursuit consumes both men's lives, and soon Valjean finds himself in the midst of the ... See full summary »

Director: Bille August
Stars: Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story of Jean Valjean, a Frenchman convicted of minor crimes, who is hounded for years by an unforgiving and unrelenting police inspector, Javert.

Director: Robert Hossein
Stars: Lino Ventura, Jean Carmet, Michel Bouquet
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Georges Géret ...
 Jean Valjean (2 episodes, 1972)
Bernard Fresson ...
 Javert (2 episodes, 1972)
François Marthouret ...
 Marius (2 episodes, 1972)
Alain Mottet ...
 Thénardier (2 episodes, 1972)
Gilles Maidon ...
 Gavroche (2 episodes, 1972)
Hermine Karagheuz ...
 Éponine (2 episodes, 1972)
Nicole Jamet ...
 Cosette (2 episodes, 1972)
Jean-Luc Boutté ...
 Enjorals (2 episodes, 1972)
Lucien Nat ...
 M. Gillenormand (2 episodes, 1972)
Julien Verdier ...
 M. Mabeuf / ... (2 episodes, 1972)
Mario Pecqueur ...
 Courfeyrac (2 episodes, 1972)
Jean Lescot ...
 Laigle (2 episodes, 1972)
Roland Bertin ...
 Grantaire (2 episodes, 1972)
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 Brugeon (2 episodes, 1972)
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Jean Valjean is convicted for stealing bread for his family. Thus is set in motion a lifetime of fear and pain, as the police inspector Javert pursues Valjean, hounding him relentlessly over the years in an obsessive quest. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The definitive version of the later parts of the novel
15 March 2006 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

A must for any Les Miserables fans, the adaptation spends its time primarily on the later sections, beginning with Marius at his grandfather's house. It is thereafter extraordinarily faithful to the third, fourth, and fifth parts. (The scenes concerning the Bishop, Fantine, and the child Cosette are dealt with briefly in a flashback sequence.) It is the only version I've seen yet which contains Marius' cousin Theodule as well as the scene in which Gavroche meets the two little boys on the street. As stated above, a must for any Les Miserables fan. It's just too bad it's no longer available on video, even in France. I have a version which lacks subtitles, but it's so obviously faithful to the book that any fan doesn't need them.


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