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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Barlow ...
Veronika Bendová ...
David Birkin ...
Reine Brynolfsson ...
Patsy Byrne ...
Mother Superior
Václav Chalupa ...
Ian Cregg ...
Zdenek David ...
Peasant (as Zdenék David)
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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)


$13,871,914 (USA) (17 July 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Bille August rejected the original score composed by Gabriel Yared. Yared said he could see it coming because there was 'no harmony' between the two of them. Yared was replaced by Basil Poledouris, who had a limited time to compose a full score. When the film was released, many movie posters listed Yared as composer, not Poledouris. See more »


The band plays "Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale" at Lamarque's funeral. Hector Berlioz composed the song in 1840, 8 years later. See more »


Javert: [Valjean slams Javert against the wall, starts to put his own handcuffs on him] Where will you go, Valjean? You don't have papers.
Javert: [Valjean slams Javert's head against the wall once more] I'll find you...
[another hit against the wall, Javert loses conciousness]
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Crazy Credits

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


Version of El boassa (1944) See more »

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User Reviews

Not the Book, but an extraordinary film
14 August 2003 | by (Kentucky, U.S.) – See all my reviews

If you love the book, then you won't like the movie. You may notice that other people have noted this film as awful and stupid. All of their judgment is based on the fact that the film is not like the book. However, if you will watch the movie for what it is, NOT what the book is, you may find it is a WONDERFUL movie. The soundtrack is beautiful, the acting is great, and the message is heart-warming. I don't remember seeing such a fine drama in all my life. Not to be biased or discriminating, but if you are of the Christian faith, this movie is 10 times better. It is VERY good, even if it's different from the book. It is one of my favorite films.

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