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Les Misérables (2012)

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In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

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Storyline

Jean Valjean, known as Prisoner 24601, is released from prison and breaks parole to create a new life for himself while evading the grip of the persistent Inspector Javert. Set in post-revolutionary France, the story reaches resolution against the background of the June Rebellion. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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25 December 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$61,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,027,000, 30 December 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$148,809,770

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$441,809,770
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The musical version of Les Mis started out as a concept album in 1979, composed by Claude-Michel Schönberg with French language lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, which was staged at the Palais des Sports in 1980. However, the production was unsuccessful, and closed after three months when the booking contract expired. In 1983, stage director Peter Farago convinced producer Cameron Mackintosh to finance an English-language adaptation. On 8 October 1985, the English version, with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, opened in London by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Center. The London show was a resounding success, leading to a Broadway production. See more »

Goofs

The bishop is wearing incorrect liturgical vestments. He is shown wearing a dalmatic which is the vestment for a deacon with a stole worn 'priest-wise' on top. A french bishop of this period would have worn a 'fiddle-back' Latin chasuble with crossed stole underneath. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jean Valjean: Look down, look down, don't look them in the eye.
Chain Gang: Look down, look down, you're here until you die.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens without any opening credits. The title of the film is stated just before the closing credits. See more »

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Featured in Honest Trailers: Les misérables (2013) See more »

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Written by Herbert Kretzmer, Claude-Michel Schönberg, and Alain Boublil
Performed by Russell Crowe.
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The definitive Les Miserables movie experience!
25 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

As someone who has been burned by every single Hollywood adaptation of Les Miserables, let me categorically state that this time it was done right! Everything from the acting to the music to the sets was borderline perfect. The only thing that could possibly be considered a negative was something that was absolutely unavoidable. That is, when you are taking a novel as voluminous as Les Miserables and condensing it into a feature length movie, some things will be cut or rushed. This is no exception. The movie moves at breakneck speed. Anyone who is fond of the Broadway musical will no doubt not be bothered by it, but people new to the story or those who have only read the novel might be put off by it.

As far as the acting and music is concerned, I can find very little to fault. Russel Crowe was the weakest of the lot as I just didn't find his voice to be up to the task of singing some of Javert's songs (Stars immediately springs to mind). Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Samantha Barks were all especially good. The intense emotions their characters experience throughout the story are perfectly performed.

This naturally leads to a critique of the music. Anyone familiar with the Broadway show will undoubtedly find themselves joyously mouthing along to the familiar lyrics and might be surprised at a couple of brand new songs written specifically for the movie. Just as in the show, the music is brilliant and meshes wonderfully with the story.

One of the biggest treats, however, were the sets and special effects. The beauty and squalor of 19th century Paris was showcased magnificently and it really allowed you to become engrossed in story.

This is a movie that both fans of the novel as well as fans of the musical can both fall in love with, since even though there are some deviations from the novel this is still the closest a film version has ever come to being completely faithful to the book. Additionally, this movie is a perfect chance for those who have never read the book or haven't heard of or had a chance to see the Broadway show. I wholeheartedly recommend this film to everyone. My only warning is to limit your fluid intake, since at 2.5+ hours your chance of encountering an overflowing bladder is a very real danger.


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