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Les Misérables (1982)

Les misérables (original title)
Unrated | | Drama | 20 October 1982 (France)
The story of Jean Valjean, a Frenchman convicted of minor crimes, who is hounded for years by an unforgiving and unrelenting police inspector, Javert.


Robert Hossein


Alain Decaux (adaptation), Alain Decaux (dialogue) | 2 more credits »
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Lino Ventura ... Jean Valjean
Jean Carmet ... Thénardier
Michel Bouquet ... Inspecteur Javert
Valentine Bordelet Valentine Bordelet ... Cosette enfant
Evelyne Bouix Evelyne Bouix ... Fantine
Emmanuel Curtil Emmanuel Curtil ... Gavroche
Franck Cabot-David Franck Cabot-David ... Marius (as Franck David)
Hervé Furic ... Enjolras
Christiane Jean Christiane Jean ... Cosette
Fernand Ledoux ... Gillenormand
Martine Pascal Martine Pascal ... La mère supérieure
Candice Patou Candice Patou ... Eponine
Paul Préboist ... Fauchelevent (as Paul Preboist)
Robin Renucci ... Courfeyrac
Françoise Seigner Françoise Seigner ... La Thénardier


The story of Jean Valjean, a Frenchman convicted of minor crimes, who is hounded for years by an unforgiving and unrelenting police inspector, Javert. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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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 »

Alternate Versions

In 1985, an extended cut of the film aired on French TV in the form of a miniseries of four episodes with a running time of 55 minutes each. This version (not counting episode credits and initial resumes from scenes from past episodes) contains between 15 and 20 minutes of scenes not seen in the theatrical cut of the film. See more »


Version of Les Misérables (1917) See more »


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Extrait de la Tragédie Musicale "Les Misérables"
by Alain Boublil, Claude-Michel Schönberg et Jean-Marc Natel
arrangement: John Cameron (as J. Cameron)
Editions musicales A. Boublil-TOP no1
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A classic - both movie and book speaking

(Version seen of 3h in its 'theater' version) The movie in itself is a good adaptation of Hugo classic of the classics "Les misérables". Keeping true to the book story, Hossein shows that dark age quite well. It tries some artistic parts, I was not personnally driven by it, but I see that others were so why not. The only criticism I can make is that, by trying to stay as close of the book as possible, it is somehow losing a bit of epic, and a bit of the depiction of human condition of the unfortunates made by Hugo, that was a clear denouncement.

The cast regroups some of the French great actors of that time, with Lino Ventura, Michel Bouquet or Jean Carmet. I was quite surprised to see that Lino Ventura will play Jean Valjean but he puts a very solid performance. Feminine roles are only supporting characters.

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20 October 1982 (France) See more »

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(4 parts) (miniseries) | (video) | (theatrical) | (2 parts) (DVD) (miniseries)

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1.66 : 1
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