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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 »

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Gillenormand: [to Marius] Pity? You who takes sides with the scum of the streets against the government, the monarchy, against your own family? You expect to receive pity from me?
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A Moral Masterpiece by Victor Hugo
8 September 2007 | by (Lahore, Pakistan) – See all my reviews

This TV serial adaptation with Richard Jordan as the protagonist rises above the earlier version of 1952 and the latest release, as well.

The great novel by Victor Hugo corresponding to the tumultuous times of the French Revolution, serves to underline the starkly moribund consequences that directly result when there exists a colossal disparity of moral and economic values between the privileged class and the commoners. The screenplay is vivid and emotional outpourings are soul wrenching, but above all, it is Richard Jordan as Jean Valjean who has portrayed the patriarchal and lofty character created by Hugo to its complete magnitude. The story is bred with great upheavals of the turbulent revolutionary era which add epic dimensions to this memorable novel.

The novel is the crowning glory of Victor Hugo and the TV serial adaptation is the highest mark of Jordan's career who steals the show, many a times by his smoldering performance, while leaving Perkins (Javert) far behind.


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