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Les Misérables (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Drama, History  |  1 May 1998 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Timothy Bateson ...
Veronika Bendová ...
David Birkin ...
Reine Brynolfsson ...
Patsy Byrne ...
Mother Superior
Václav Chalupa ...
Ian Cregg ...
Zdenek David ...
Peasant (as Zdenék David)
Paola Dionisotti ...
Edna Doré ...
Old Woman (as Edna Dore)


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

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Release Date:

1 May 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les misérables  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$5,011,840 (USA) (1 May 1998)


£243,307 (UK) (27 November 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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This version concentrates on the story of Valjean and Javert, with less emphasis on the romance between Cosette and Marius. Thénardier, a key character in the novel, appears in just one scene; his daughter, Eponine, is only seen in the background. Many fans of the musical version bemoaned the loss of Eponine and her love triangle with Marius and Cosette. See more »


During the revolution, several shots show the Saint Vitus Cathedral in Prague. See more »


Thénardier: I adore that child.
Jean Valjean: You adore her?
Thénardier: Yes, it's true. I'm not rich. I've had to pay over 400 Francs for her medicine. But I'm a stupid man, I have no sense... just a heart.
[glances at Valjean's wallet]
Thénardier: A big heart.
Jean Valjean: You paid over 400 Francs?
Thénardier: 500...
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to the people of Kutná Hora and Mairie De Paris. See more »


Version of Aa mujo: Kohen (1929) See more »

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Truly an Utopia!
12 December 2012 | by (Serbia) – See all my reviews

With no doubt this movie is an utopia. Never ever in my life I have been so mesmerized by a movie in the way this one did to me. This is the movie of my life, a masterpiece, a perfect movie that warms your hearth and changes you as a person if you allow it. In a good manner. This movie also made me read the books. I love this story so much that I will build myself with patience and even go to see the new musical, for which I don't have the high expectations everyone has right now but I'm not going to criticize either. I will go for the story. For the wonderful story of Jean Valijean and Javert. I don't care about the differences. There are always going to be differences, between a movie and a book, but that doesn't matter. The message matters. The message that carries what we all should do more in our life: be a better person than others, be able to forgive and give up hating. This is what really matters and a true "Les miserables" fan will notice and follow that. As for the cast I have no words. Liam Neeson IS Jean Valijean! He's the perfect Jean Valijean that the world will have on screen, no matter what some others say. Geoffrey Rush IS the one and only Javert. He IS and WILL always be the one and only person that could portray the fanatic, perfectionist and twisted Javert. He is the only person by now that could pull all this emotions together and give this perfect performance. If the Academy Awards wouldn't have been so blind at the edition and toss around the Oscars with no sense as they did and would have notice more carefully the wonderful performance of those two the Oscars would have been now at their rightfully owners. But I don't care. For me and for others as well they are the best from that year. Not "Elizabeth", NOT "Shakespeare in love", THIS! Uma Thurman and Claire Danes are the most talented (especially Danes) Fantine and Cosette. Claire Danes will always be Cosette for me. She was the most sweet person in the movie. With the most beautiful eyes as well. The score was perfect especially at the Revolution scene. Very powerful.

Watch it people. If you care about good movies watch it as soon as you read this! Otherwise you live in vain.


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