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 Jean Valjean (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Thénardier (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Javert (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Cosette (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Marius (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Fantine (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Éponine Thénardier (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Madame Thénardier (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Mère Innocente (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Soeur Simplice (4 episodes, 2000)
Vadim Glowna ...
 Fauchelevent (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Enjolras (4 episodes, 2000)
Léopoldine Serre ...
 Cosette enfant (4 episodes, 2000)
Jérôme Hardelay ...
 Gavroche (4 episodes, 2000)
Michel Duchaussoy ...
 Gillenormand (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Monseigneur Bienvenu (4 episodes, 2000)
Christopher Thompson ...
 Courfeyrac (4 episodes, 2000)
Josiane Stoléru ...
 Baptistine (4 episodes, 2000)
Jean-Louis Richard ...
 Scarponi (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Lorrain (4 episodes, 2000)
François Hadji-Lazaro ...
 Toussaint (4 episodes, 2000)
Maxime Leroux ...
 Champmathieu (4 episodes, 2000)
Artus de Penguern ...
 Chabouillet (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Scaufflaire (4 episodes, 2000)
Guilhem Pellegrin ...
 Médecin Plumet (4 episodes, 2000)
Elisabeth Wiener ...
 Madame Victurnier (4 episodes, 2000)
Michèle Gleizer ...
 Madame Magloire (4 episodes, 2000)
Karl Zéro ...
 Procureur Cour Arras (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Bigrenaille (4 episodes, 2000)
François Négret ...
 Claquesous (4 episodes, 2000)
Dominique Besnehard ...
 Gueulemer (4 episodes, 2000)
Yves Penay ...
 Babet (4 episodes, 2000)
Patrick Bordier ...
 Brujon (4 episodes, 2000)
Stephan Midaven ...
 Montparnasse (4 episodes, 2000)
Dominique Zardi ...
 Cochepaille (4 episodes, 2000)
Patrick Lambert ...
 Chenildieu (4 episodes, 2000)
Franck Tordjman ...
 Prouvaire (4 episodes, 2000)
Jérome Rebbot ...
 Bahorel (4 episodes, 2000)
David Podracky ...
 Grantaire (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Capitaine Picpus (4 episodes, 2000)
Sophie Milleron ...
 Azelma Thénardier (4 episodes, 2000)
Claude Brécourt ...
 Directeur Sûreté (4 episodes, 2000)
Yann Babilée ...
 Archiviste Sûreté (4 episodes, 2000)
Christian Imberdis ...
 Vieux professeur (4 episodes, 2000)
Thomas Badek ...
 Officier amphithéâtre (4 episodes, 2000)
Didier Lesour ...
 Parizot (4 episodes, 2000)
Vincent Schmitt ...
 Bamatabois (4 episodes, 2000)
Julie Dumas ...
 Nicolette (4 episodes, 2000)
Christophe Le Masne ...
 Portier Gillenormand (4 episodes, 2000)
Maciej Patronik ...
 Agent Simonot (4 episodes, 2000)
Pascal Pistacio ...
 Client prostituée (4 episodes, 2000)
Babsie Steger ...
 Amie de Fantine (4 episodes, 2000)
Philippe Lamendin ...
 Préfet de Police (4 episodes, 2000)
Stéphane Rodin ...
 Félix (4 episodes, 2000)
Sébastien Thiery ...
 Sous-officier Montreuil (4 episodes, 2000)
Bernard Cherboeuf ...
 Président Cour Arras (4 episodes, 2000)
Sophie Noël ...
 Femme Cour Assise (4 episodes, 2000)
Jean-Marc Talbot ...
 Assesseur Cour Arras (4 episodes, 2000)
Denis Karvil ...
 Inspecteur Sûreté (4 episodes, 2000)
Eric Averlant ...
 Moulibrac (4 episodes, 2000)
Véronique de Villele ...
 Mère Gorbeau (4 episodes, 2000)
Jan Kostroun ...
 Policier Gorbeau (4 episodes, 2000)
Rodolphe Pauly ...
 Jeune officier Mondetour (4 episodes, 2000)
Jakub Zindulka ...
 Prêtre Montreuil (4 episodes, 2000)
Marc Vadé ...
 Homme accident Montreuil (4 episodes, 2000)
Enguerran Demeulenaere ...
 Petit Gervais (4 episodes, 2000)
Julia Portoghese ...
 Eponine 9-11 ans (4 episodes, 2000)
Valérie Lang ...
 Logeuse Enjolras (4 episodes, 2000)
Claire Gérard ...
 Religieuse surveillante (4 episodes, 2000)
Serge Gaborieau ...
 Gardien Force Poterne (4 episodes, 2000)
Gaston Subert ...
 Indigent digne (4 episodes, 2000)
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 Policier mendiant (4 episodes, 2000)
Erico Salamone ...
 Lefranc (4 episodes, 2000)
Cédric Chevalme ...
 Agent Chatelet (4 episodes, 2000)
Victor Wagner ...
 Portefaix 1 (4 episodes, 2000)
Michel Pilorgé ...
 Dumoncel (4 episodes, 2000)
Thomas Rouet ...
 Ami Félix (4 episodes, 2000)
Simon Monceau ...
 Policier Chabouillet (4 episodes, 2000)
Yohann Lucas ...
 Serveur (4 episodes, 2000)
Yanig Samot ...
 Gardien Prison Force 1 (4 episodes, 2000)
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The scene is set during the French Restoration at the beginning of the 19th century. Jean Valjean, a galley slave who was sent to prison for stealing food, is now released after serving nineteen years. At first he only encounter mistrust and closed doors; only the saintly Bishop Bienvenu treats him kindly and takes him in. The bishop's truly Christian compassion and humanity not only restores Jean Valjean's faith in the good, but also smoothes his way back to an orderly life. As Monsieur Madeleine, Valjean is soon a wealthy industrialist and popular citizen, even becoming the mayor of a small provincial town. His good fortune departs, however, when he meets Fantine, one of his workers, an unmarried mother who tragically dies of consumption. The well-intentioned Valjean frees Fantine's illegitimate daughter Cosette from the clutches of her insidious foster parents, and looks after her like a father. When Valjean reveals his true identity in order to prevent an innocent man who closely ... Written by Anonymous

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Christian Clavier plays Thenardier, who in the book (fraudulently) identifies himself as "The Sergeant of Napoleon." Clavier has also played Napoleon himself. An earlier production, Les Miserables (1978) had Ian Holm as Thenardier. Holm has also played Napoleon. See more »

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Faithful to the novel?
26 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

I have read this novel several times and I was stunned that some of you found this a faithful version. I am referring to the miniseries that aired in the US with Depardieu and Malkovich. Maybe the French version

  • twice as long? - is more true to the novel, but the version we saw


here was shockingly distorted.

Yes - all of the characters were there, but their roles were often twisted beyond recognition. One GLARING example: Eponine. If you have read the novel, you know that she is one of the most heroic characters, sacrificing herself for Marius. Did I miss something here? They turn her into one of the villains. Gavroche's role is also misrepresented. If they were going to take all that time, why not do it as Hugo wrote it? It is also very odd to make Cosette the narrator, as she is deliberately one of the weaker, more insipid characters in the novel. And Valjean was never in love with Cosette. He is genuinely an adoptive father.

Depardieu is beautifully cast as Valjean, but John Malkovich (I'm a fan, too) plays Javert as if he were simply mean - with none of the nuances of the tortured character that Geoffrey Rush portrays. The 1998 Bille August film is by far the superior interpretation, despite what he leaves out. And the musical theater version is the best of all, faithful to both the plot and spirit of Hugo's masterpiece.


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