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Les misérables (1995)

A variation on Victor Hugo's classic novel by means of the story of a man whose life is affected by and somewhat duplicated by the Hugo story of the beleaguered Jean Valjean.

Director:

Claude Lelouch

Writers:

Victor Hugo (novel), Claude Lelouch
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Henri Fortin / Jean Valjean
Michel Boujenah Michel Boujenah ... André Ziman
Alessandra Martines ... Elise Ziman
Salomé Lelouch Salomé Lelouch ... La fille Ziman (as Salome)
Annie Girardot ... Thénardière 1942
Philippe Léotard ... Thénardier 1942
Clémentine Célarié Clémentine Célarié ... Catherine / Fantine
Philippe Khorsand ... Le policier / Javert
Ticky Holgado ... Le gentil voyou / Kind Hoodlum
Rufus ... Thénardier 1830 / 1906
Nicole Croisille Nicole Croisille ... Thénardière 1830 / 1906
William Leymergie William Leymergie ... Toureiffel
Jean Marais ... Mgr Myriel
Micheline Presle ... La mère supérieure / Mother Superior
Darry Cowl ... Le bouquiniste / Bookseller
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Storyline

Henri Fortin is poor and iliterate former boxer. Ziman is rich Jewish lawyer from Paris. During WWII they meet when Fortin agrees to drive Ziman's family to Switzerland. Intrigued by Victor Hugo's novel "Les Miserables", Fortin asks the Zimans to read that book to him during the travel. Before the end of movie every main character would see his character in situations similar to those in Hugo's novel. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In a time of chaos, in a world of change, he was moved by a book he could not read to become a hero he never imagined.

Genres:

Drama | History

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, brief language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French | German | English

Release Date:

3 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les misérables du vingtième siècle See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,035,890
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Canal+,Les Films 13,TF1 See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

Several times throughout the film, SS officers are seen wearing the famous 1930s era black SS uniforms. This is very common mistake in many WW2 films. The Black SS uniforms were discontinued at the start of the war in 1939 and replaced by the green/gray uniform. Only Waffen SS tank crews wore black uniforms in combat. This was not, however, the all-black uniform worn by the pre-war SS, but rather a short, black waist-cut coat similar in style to that worn by tank crews in the Wehrmacht. See more »

Quotes

Henri Fortin: I've got things to say that people would like to hear.
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Connections

Featured in The Oprah Winfrey Show: Summer Movie Reviews (1996) See more »

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Genius
12 May 2004 | by josie-breenSee all my reviews

This film is fantastic - I hope to find a DVD of it. My husband didn't fancy it but within 10 minutes was transfixed, and it's now one of his favourite films. It requires concentration because of the different story strands (and the fact that Jean-Paul Belmondo plays different characters in different stories) but the reward is great. It does capture the polarised human aspects of those who are selfless and help others at great danger to themselves, and those who exploit or betray others for their own gain. Truly unique.


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