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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Convict 1
Convict 2
Dave Hawley ...
Convict 3 (as David Hawley)
Adam Jones ...
Convict 4
John Barr ...
Convict 5


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 December 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les Miz  »

Box Office


$61,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$27,281,735 (USA) (28 December 2012)


$148,775,460 (USA) (29 March 2013)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


While it seems odd, the "coffin" to which Fantine takes her first "john" is really the type of bed used by poorer people at that time. The raised sides helped to keep the sleeper warm. People who were better off either had bed curtains on all sides or slept in a small partition with curtains that could be closed to hold in the heat. See more »


When Javert arrives back at the barricade, the gun disappears and reappears in his hand. See more »


[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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A Heart Full of Love
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User Reviews

an amazing masterpiece
22 December 2012 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a man who stole a piece of bread to feed his sister's child. He was in jail for almost twenty years. He lives a fugitive life, complicated by his pledge to help raise the daughter of an unfortunate woman.

"Les Miserables" is a wonderful film. Right from the start, it captures every viewer's hearts. It makes three hours seem like ten minutes. It is so touching and so poignant that everyone in the cinema cried like a baby. Throughout the film, the sound of tissue packets opening and closing was a permanent addition to the soundtrack. For me, I just let my t shirt be drenched in tears, as if i have had a strenuous workout. I thought the Anna Hathaway soliloquy was already with the ticket price, but masterpiece scenes like that keep on coming. I was dehydrated from all the water I lost from tears by the end of the film.

It's amazing how the film can take us through every emotions there is. From the relentless struggle for existence, the the uplifting revolutionary spirit, the fatherly love and the encompassing integrity of Jean. Everything keeps emotions high, and love i find my tears literally in a freefall mode without even knowing why. "Les miserables" is a wonderful masterpiece, and is certainly one of the best films I have ever watched.

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