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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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27 December 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Elenden  »

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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 »


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 »


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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8 May 1999 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

I have the new version (with Liam Neeson as Valjean) and it was pathetic, and almost blasphemous to Hugo's great book, if compared to this one. This one of John Gay is THE best adaptation. Richard Jordan also did perfectly to give life to Valjean, you can feel the misery and redemption of Hugo's Jean Valjean. Perkins was also perfect for the tough-principled sinister and cold Javert. If you have seen the new version and not this one, you've been cheated.

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