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


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27 December 1978 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Fantine: You know nothing of me. I am a stranger to you.
Jean Valjean: It was only a stranger who held out a hand to me... once.
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Only The Best Version there is!
8 May 1999 | by 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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