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Les Miserables (1978)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | History  -  27 December 1978 (USA)
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Jean Valjean, convicted of stealing bread, is hounded for decades by the relentless and cruel policeman Javert.

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

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In the book, Monsieur Thenardier identifies himself as "Napoleon's Sergeant." Ian Holm has actually played Napoleon himself in several films. See more »

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At one point, Javert and his officers wade through the sewers up to their waists in raw sewage. when they emerge, their light-coloured trousers have barely a stain on them, and are essentially clean. See more »

Quotes

Gillenormand: I've been a fool.
Jean Valjean: Oh sir, we're all fools for most of our lives. It's unavoidable.
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Difinitive portrayals of the leading characters
29 December 2000 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

This is a great story and for me this is the best screen adaptation of it. Although Geoffrey Rush puts in a decent performance in the newer film release (1998), Anthony Perkins' Javert simply cannot be bettered with his steely, cold personality and determination. Jordon also does well with the Valjean character, emitting a personality of pride and restraint in the face of adversity. The story moves on at a decent pace and provides good characterisation without too much lagging.

Overall this is a fine production and I personally find it vastly superior to the latest film incarnation with Liam Neeson and Geoffrey Rush where I didn't particularly like either of the portrayals of the leading characters, even though they were well-acted. This version may have the obligatory TV Movie feel to it, but it still manages to rise above its Big-screen counterpart.


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