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Les Miserables -- His crime: stealing a loaf of bread. His sentence: serve years in a brutal prison. But resourceful Jean Valjean escapes. And grim Inspector Javert sets out to see that Valjean is recaptured...and that the state's cruel justice is served. Victor Hugo's classic work comes to powerful screen life in an acclaimed film set against the backdrop of barricaded streets and violent political upheaval in the post-Napoleonic era.


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John Gay (screenplay)
Victor Hugo (novel)
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Release Date:
27 December 1978 (USA) See more »
Jean Valjean, convicted of stealing bread, is hounded for decades by the relentless and cruel policeman Javert. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination See more »
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A Moral Masterpiece by Victor Hugo See more (30 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Jordan ... Jean Valjean

Anthony Perkins ... Javert

Cyril Cusack ... Fauchelevent
Claude Dauphin ... Bishop Myriel

John Gielgud ... Gillenormand

Ian Holm ... Thenardier
Celia Johnson ... Sister Simplice

Joyce Redman ... Magliore

Flora Robson ... The Prioress
Christopher Guard ... Marius
Caroline Langrishe ... Cosette (adult)
Angela Pleasence ... Fantine
David Swift ... Troufiat
Timothy Morand ... Enjolras
William Squire ... Magistrate
Geoffrey Russell ... Court President
Caroline Blakiston ... Madame Thenardier

Michael Sheard ... Commissary

Dexter Fletcher ... Gavroche
Joanna Price ... Cosette (child)
Dave Hill ... Chenildieu
John Moreno ... Cochopaille
Roy Evans ... Brevet
Brian McDermott ... Lebec
Eileen Way ... Lodger

Struan Rodger ... Javert's Aide
Delena Kidd ... Valjean's Sister
Kenneth Colley ... Police Prefect
Christopher Burgess ... Police Inspector

Christian Rodska ... Antoine

Donald Sumpter ... Agent
Donald Bisset ... Gillenormand's Servant
Michael Barrell ... Spectator
Rupert Frazer ... Gendarme
Anthony May ... Gendarme (as Anthony Way)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Diamond ... Butcher Who Fights Valjean (uncredited)
Robin Scobey ... Gravedigger (uncredited)

Directed by
Glenn Jordan 
Writing credits
John Gay (screenplay)

Victor Hugo (novel)

Produced by
Ron Carr .... associate producer
Norman Rosemont .... producer
Original Music by
Allyn Ferguson 
Cinematography by
Jean Tournier 
Film Editing by
Bill Blunden 
Casting by
Irene Lamb 
Production Design by
Wilfred Shingleton 
Costume Design by
Olga Lehmann 
Makeup Department
Paul Engelen .... makeup chief
Alain Folgoas .... makeup artist (as Alan Folgoas)
Patricia McDermott .... chief hair stylist (as Pat McDermott)
Pierre Vadé .... hair stylist
Production Management
Ray Freeborn .... unit manager
Claude Hauser .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Newman .... third assistant director
Bill Westley .... assistant director
Art Department
Tony Curtis .... art director: England
Tony Graysmark .... construction manager
Angela Hareiter .... art director: France
Jack Stevens .... art director: France
Sound Department
Paul Carr .... dubbing mixer
Roy Charman .... sound recordist
Rusty Coppleman .... sound editor
Alf Joint .... stunt coordinator
Peter Diamond .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Harcourt .... camera operator
Joe Pearce .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Edwards .... wardrobe mistress
John Hilling .... wardrobe master
Editorial Department
Rita Burgess .... assistant editor
Music Department
Allyn Ferguson .... conductor
Ed. Norton .... music editor (as Ed Norton)
Other crew
Vincent Canaple .... stand-in
Vicki Deason .... production assistant
Lew Grade .... presenter
Pamela Mann .... continuity
Mike Russell .... unit publicist
Bernard Spence .... production accountant
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:150 min | USA:123 min (Showtime version) | East Germany:140 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

In the book, Monsieur Thenardier identifies himself as "Napoleon's Sergeant." Ian Holm has actually played Napoleon himself in several films.See more »
Continuity: 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:[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?See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of The Bishop's Candlesticks (1913)See more »


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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A Moral Masterpiece by Victor Hugo, 8 September 2007
Author: Umar Mansoor Bajwa ( from Lahore, Pakistan

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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