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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)
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 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 ...
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Yohann Lucas ...
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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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FRF 165,000,000 (estimated)
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The musical version of 'Les Misérables' opened at the Broadway Theater on March 12, 1987 and ran for 6680 performances, making it the third longest running show on Broadway. See more »

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

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An enjoyable, honest and serious series
22 March 2005 | by (Tessenderlo, Belgium) – See all my reviews

I'm not a big fan of costume drama's and the actor Gérard Depardieu. Normally that should have been enough reasons for me not to watch this series. On the other hand, the novel is a classic in literature and this time it isn't the tale of some rich princesses who have broken a finger nail and want to commit suicide because of that. This is about ordinary people and their efforts to survive and to make the best out of their miserable situations. Anyway, I decided to give this series a chance and I'm glad that I did, because it was a lot better than I ever expected.

It tells the story of Jean Valjean, a galley slave who was sent to prison for stealing food and who is now released after serving nineteen years in a labor camp. At first he's avoided by everybody, because he once was in jail, but than he meets Bishop Bienvenu, who gives him shelter for the night and something to eat without asking something in return. The bishop's compassion and humanity restore Jean Valjean's faith in the goodness of people and helps him to go back to an orderly life. He changes his name to Monsieur Madeleine and soon becomes a wealthy industrialist who's a popular citizen. He even becomes the mayor of the small provincial town where he lives. In the meantime he has also met one of his workers, Fantine, who was fired from his factory because she had a child. He saves Fantine's daughter out of the hands of a mean family and raises her like his own daughter. But not everybody believes he is such a good, loving and caring man. Javert is a police officer who has made of hunting Valjean like a wild animal his main occupation. He's convinced that every man who once was a criminal, will always be a criminal and he'll do anything to get him behind bars again...

This series should not only be seen by the people who once read the book or saw the musical. I haven't read the book and I didn't see the musical either, but I certainly could enjoy this series. I guess everybody who has at least a bit of interest the hardness of 19th-century life for the ordinary people will enjoy this. Another reason why you could enjoy it is because of the good and convincing acting by all the characters. As I already said before in this review, I'm not a fan of Depardieu, but it has to be said: He was very convincing in his role as Jean Valjean.

All in all this is an enjoyable, honest and serious series that is worth watching when you are interested in the story. Personally I liked what I saw and that's why I give this series a 7.5/10.


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