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Les Misérables (1995)

Les misérables (original title)
Henri Fortin is poor and iliterate former boxer. Ziman is rich Jewish lawyer from Paris. During WWII they meet when Fortin agrees to drive Ziman's family to Switzerland. Intrigued by Victor... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Boujenah ...
André Ziman
Elise Ziman
Salomé Lelouch ...
La fille Ziman (as Salome)
Philippe Léotard ...
Clémentine Célarié ...
Catherine / Fantine
Philippe Khorsand ...
Le policier / Javert
Le gentil voyou / Kind Hoodlum
Nicole Croisille ...
William Leymergie ...
La mère supérieure / Mother Superior
Le bouquiniste / Bookseller


Henri Fortin is poor and iliterate former boxer. Ziman is rich Jewish lawyer from Paris. During WWII they meet when Fortin agrees to drive Ziman's family to Switzerland. Intrigued by Victor Hugo's novel "Les Miserables", Fortin asks the Zimans to read that book to him during the travel. Before the end of movie every main character would see his character in situations similar to those in Hugo's novel. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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In a time of chaos, in a world of change, he was moved by a book he could not read to become a hero he never imagined.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, brief language and sexuality | See all certifications »




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Release Date:

3 November 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les misérables du vingtième siècle  »

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$1,035,890 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Several times throughout the film, SS officers are seen wearing the famous 1930s era black SS uniforms. This is very common mistake in many WW2 films. The Black SS uniforms were discontinued at the start of the war in 1939 and replaced by the green/gray uniform. Only Waffen SS tank crews wore black uniforms in combat. This was not, however, the all-black uniform worn by the pre-war SS, but rather a short, black waist-cut coat similar in style to that worn by tank crews in the Wehrmacht. See more »


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The most magnificent movie I have ever seen--in every respect.
31 October 1998 | by (Ft Lauderdale, Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

This French movie is a 20th century version of Hugo's classic. The story itself is entirely different, with a new Jean Valjean who identifies with the original hero shown in flashback throughout the film.

The story is mostly about this new Jean Valjean and his life during the Nazi occupation of France and his relationship with a Jewish family that he attempts to save from the Holocaust. The story is beautifully told with a superb cast led by Jean-Paul Belmondo in three roles. The movie flawlessly weaves the characters' lives together to an enormously esquisite and life affirming conclusion. Superb in all aspects of film-making.

Hats off to Claude Lelouche (writer-director) and everyone else associated with the making of this fabulous epic.

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