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Les Miserables (1978)

Not Rated | | Drama, History | TV Movie 27 December 1978
Jean Valjean (Richard Jordan), convicted of stealing bread, is hounded for several decades by the relentless and cruel Policeman Javert (Anthony Perkins).

Director:

Glenn Jordan

Writers:

John Gay (screenplay), Victor Hugo (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Jordan ... Jean Valjean
Anthony Perkins ... Javert
Cyril Cusack ... Fauchelevent
Claude Dauphin ... Bishop Myriel
John Gielgud ... Gillenormand
Ian Holm ... Thenardier
Celia Johnson ... Sister Simplice
Joyce Redman ... Magliore
Flora Robson ... The Prioress
Christopher Guard Christopher Guard ... Marius
Caroline Langrishe ... Cosette (adult)
Angela Pleasence ... Fantine
David Swift ... Troufiat
Timothy Morand Timothy Morand ... Enjolras
William Squire ... Magistrate
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Storyline

In late eighteenth century France, in the middle of the French Revolution, the unemployed woodman Jean Valjean (Richard Jordan) is arrested for stealing bread to feed his family and sentenced to five years in prison in Toulon. He tries to escape from prison due to the mistreatment from cruel Javert (Anthony Perkins), increasing his sentence. Nineteen years later, he is released, but forced to carry identification that labels him a thief, making him unwelcome at inns and many other places, but is helped by the kind Bishop Myriel (Claude Dauphin) who feeds and shelters him. However, he steals his silverware at dawn, but he is arrested by two Policemen and brought back to the Bishop. The Bishop tells them that the silver objects were a gift, and gives two additional candlesticks to Valjean. When the Policemen leave the place, the Bishop tells Valjean that he has bought his soul, and now he should live an honest life. Jean Valjean becomes a well-succeeded businessman with the alias ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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A timeless tale of one man's search for freedom...and another's quest for revenge.

Genres:

Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Sir Ian Holm (Thenardier) and Anthony Perkins (Javert) appeared in Chillers (1990). See more »

Goofs

At one point, Javert and his officers wade through the sewers up to their waists in raw sewage. when they emerge, their light-coloured trousers have barely a stain on them, and are essentially clean. See more »

Quotes

Gillenormand: [to Marius] Pity? You who takes sides with the scum of the streets against the government, the monarchy, against your own family? You expect to receive pity from me?
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Connections

Version of Os Miseráveis (1967) See more »

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On par with the novel - my highest praise
24 February 2002 | by jj-46See all my reviews

Les Miserables is one of the greatest novels ever written. As many of you will agree, it is very rare for a movie to approach a novel in quality. This is one of the exceptions. There are many versions of this film - if you have to choose one, choose this one. Fantastic acting. Perkins is exceptional as Javert, and Richard Jordan has never given a greater performance as Jean Valjean. Watch this film - you will thank yourself for it.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les Miserables See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Showtime) | (theatrical cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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