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Les Misérables (1958)

Les misérables (original title)
Jean Valjean, convicted of a minor crime, spends the rest of his life being pursued by a cruel and unrelenting policeman, Javert.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Gabin ... Jean Valjean / Champmathieu
Bernard Blier ... Javert (père et fils)
René Fleur René Fleur ... Le cardinal
Julienne Paroli Julienne Paroli ... Madame Magloire
Fernand Ledoux ... Monseigneur Bienvenue Myriel
Edmond Ardisson ... Le brigadier de gendarmerie (as Ardisson)
Christian Fourcade Christian Fourcade ... Petit-Pierre - le petit ramoneur
Jean Ozenne Jean Ozenne ... Le préfet de Montreuil-sur-Mer
Bernard Musson Bernard Musson ... Bamatabois - un bourgeois
Danièle Delorme Danièle Delorme ... Fantine
Elfriede Florin Elfriede Florin ... La Thénardier
Bourvil ... Thénardier
Madeleine Barbulée Madeleine Barbulée ... Soeur Simplice
Gerhard Bienert ... Le président du tribunal
Harry Hindemith ... Le bagnard Cochepaille
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Jean Valjean, convicted of a minor crime, spends the rest of his life being pursued by a cruel and unrelenting policeman, Javert.

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Original literary source: "Les Misérables", novel by Victor Hugo, published by Editions Pagnerre, Lacroix & Verboecken, Paris & Brussels, 1862, 10 volumes. See more »

Quotes

[Valjean on his deathbed, talking to Marius after Cosette's turn]
Jean Valjean: [facing Marius] I'm all right. I've got to confess this to you, Marius. I haven't liked you too much, but you know how it is.
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Version of Great Performances: Les Misérables in Concert (1995) See more »

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Good film for those who do not like to read
28 June 2004 | by esteban1747See all my reviews

This version of the famous novel of Victor Hugo I found very suitable in general, with good acting and a narration, which give a real idea of the book. As I said several times several films never coincide with their original written versions, but this time the director Jean-Paul Le Chanois made a good effort in having a material as much similar to the book. Jean Gabin, for me the best all-time French actor, plays a good role as Jean Valjean seconded efficiently by Bernard Blier as Javert and several other French and Italian actors/actresses. I am sure that not all should agree with the opinion given here by me, but it depends how you feel about Hugo wrote. Misery is shown not only materially but spiritually as a sign of decaying society.


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Release Date:

12 March 1958 (France) See more »

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$2,370,699
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2.35 : 1
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