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Les Misérables (1998)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, History | 1 May 1998 (USA)
Valjean, a former criminal, has atoned for his past and now finds himself in the midst of the French Revolution, avoiding a law-obsessed policeman hell-bent on capturing him.

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Bertin
Tim Barlow ...
Lafitte
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Banker
Veronika Bendová ...
Azelma
David Birkin ...
Courfeyrac
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Patsy Byrne ...
Toussaint
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Mother Superior
Václav Chalupa ...
André
Ian Cregg ...
Feuilly
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Grantier
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Zdenek David ...
Peasant (as Zdenék David)
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Forewoman
Edna Doré ...
Old Woman (as Edna Dore)
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Storyline

Jean Valjean, a Frenchman imprisoned for stealing bread, must flee a police officer named Javert. The pursuit consumes both men's lives, and soon Valjean finds himself in the midst of the student revolutions in France. Written by Tim Kearns <tskearns@aol.com>

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The legend comes to life.


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Rated PG-13 for violence, and for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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1 May 1998 (USA)  »

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Les misérables  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,011,840, 3 May 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,096,321
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The town in which Jean Valjean becomes mayor is named Montreuil-sur-Mer in the book. This is a real port town in the region of Calais, across the waters from England. English readers of the book often missed this fact, as most past translations transcribed the town's name "blanked out" as "M____-sur-M__". In the movie the town is called Vigau, a name made up of the first and last syllables of Victor Hugo, the author of Les Misérables. See more »

Goofs

After Cosette is told by Valjean about his past and they leave the house. Marius goes to the house and starts banging on the door shouting for her. The door is equipped with a Yale lock, not invented until 100 years later. See more »

Quotes

Jean Valjean: When you're better, I'll find work for you.
Fantine: But you don't understand, I'm a whore... and Cosette has no father.
Jean Valjean: She has the Lord. He is her father. And you're his creation. In his eyes, you have never been anyting but an innocent and... beautiful woman.
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The cast is credited in alphabetical order during the end credits. See more »

Connections

Version of El boassa (1944) See more »

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A ROUSING, MOVING CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE
28 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

One could make the snobbish mistake and try to evaluate this movie in comparison to the book, play, or musical. If one were to see the movie as it is, a well acted and directed tale of love, betrayal and passion, then one would NEVER be dissapointed. Liam Neeson IS Jean Valjean, Geoffrey Rush IS the maniacal Javer. Paris IS the city for lovers and broken dreams. This is a movie that sweeps the cobwebs out of your heart and MAKES you feel empathy and warmth for the characters. You want to see them happy and experience some sort of peace in their world. This is a movie that one thinks about for years. A true gem.


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