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Les Misérables (1998)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, History | 1 May 1998 (USA)
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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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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1 May 1998 (USA)  »

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

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$13,871,914 (USA) (17 July 1998)
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In the novel, Fantine and Cosette are blonde but in the film they are brunette (despite the fact that Uma Thurman, who plays Fantine, and Claire Danes, who plays Cosette, are both naturally blonde). See more »

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When Inspector Javert is at the home of Cosette and Jean ValJean, he writes a letter and asks Cosette for an envelope which she produces for him. The type of pre folded, flap envelope that Cosette gives him would not have been invented or for commercial use in 1832, the time period of Les Miserables. Rather, correspondence would have been folded inside another sheet of paper and sealed with a wax seal and brass sealing ring or tied with a string or ribbon. See more »

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Enjolras: [referring to Javert] You kill him in the alley. We don't want his blood in here with ours.
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Special thanks to the people of Kutná Hora and Mairie De Paris. See more »

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Version of Great Performances: Les Misérables in Concert (1995) See more »

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Lord, Have Mercy!!
21 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow, pinch me.....I must be dreaming.

This is a Grade A exhibit of how you can still make a terrific movie today without profanity, tons of violence and-or sex.....AND how you can make a picture which carries a good, moral message. This is one of truly rare modern-day films that actually espouses mercy and forgiveness instead of revenge.

This is simply a solid film with a very satisfying ending....satisfying to people who aren't in love with edgy, nasty endings.....such as almost all your professional movie critics. So, if your favorite critic didn't give this film a good review - and most did not - please ignore it.

In addition to the involving storyline and excellent acting by Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman and Claire Danes, the viewer is treated to some beautiful European countryside scenery. My only complaint of this film is the shoddy treatment it received on DVD. No extras and so-so sharpness. Like the movie itself, it deserves more respect.


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