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Les Miserables (1978)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | TV Movie 27 December 1978
Jean Valjean, convicted of stealing bread, is hounded for decades by the relentless and cruel policeman Javert.

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Troufiat
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Enjolras
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In late 18th Century (1796) France, in the middle of the French Revolution, the unemployed woodman Jean Valjean is arrested for stealing bread to feed his family and sentenced to five years in prison in Toulon. He tries to escape from prison due to the mistreatment from cruel Javert, increasing his sentence. Nineteen years later he is released but forced to carry ID that labels him a thief, making him unwelcome at inns and many other places but is helped by the kind Bishop Myriel that feeds and shelters him. However he steals his silverware in the dawn but he is arrested by two policemen and brought back to the bishop. The bishop tells that the silver objects were a gift and gives two additional candlesticks to Valjean. When the policemen leave the place, the bishop tells that he has bought his soul and now he should live an honest life. Jean Valjean becomes a well-succeeded businessman with the alias Madeleine, bringing prosperity to a small town by producing black beads that he had ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A timeless tale of one man's search for freedom...and another's quest for revenge.

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Drama | History

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27 December 1978 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Lynne Frederick campaigned for the role of Cosette. When she auditioned she also read for the part of Fantine, but was ultimately deemed too old to play Cosette and too young to play Fantine. See more »

Goofs

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

Jean Valjean: [Sister Simplice has told her first lie in order to save Valjean] God bless you, sister.
Sister Simplice: I lied!
Jean Valjean: Then may this falsehood be placed to your credit in paradise.
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Version of Os Miseráveis (1967) See more »

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THE BEST VERSION OF THIS MUCH LOVED CLASSIC
16 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is the best version of this classic by far. Richard Jordan gives one of his best performances as Jean Valjean. His scenes in the prison are heartrending. And he certainly knows how to draw you in and make you feel a part of it all, you can feel his suffering, his pain and the scene with the priest as he turns himself around is heartfelt and dramatic, he is definitely by far one of the best character actors that ever was. Anthony Perkins is great as Javert, cold, grim and unforgiving and the two of them together, they are great. Angela Pleasence gives a great performance as Fantine and of course John Gielgud, what can you say about someone that is a living legend, because you know whatever he does you know it will be outstanding. So I would highly recommend this one to anyone that loves the classics and not the version that just came out last year, to think they would try to do this classic again where there was already an outstanding version of this story once before was outrageous.


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