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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.

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Henri Fortin / Jean Valjean
Michel Boujenah ...
André Ziman
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Elise Ziman
Salomé Lelouch ...
La fille Ziman (as Salome)
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Thénardière 1942
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Thénardier 1942
Clémentine Célarié ...
Catherine / Fantine
Philippe Khorsand ...
Le policier / Javert
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Le gentil voyou / Kind Hoodlum
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Thénardier 1830 / 1990
Nicole Croisille ...
Thénardière 1830 / 1990
William Leymergie ...
Toureiffel
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Mgr Myriel
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La mère supérieure / Mother Superior
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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>

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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.

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Rated R for violence, brief language and sexuality | See all certifications »
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3 November 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les misérables du vingtième siècle  »

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$1,035,890
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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 »

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Version of Les misérables (1972) See more »

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fragrant mix of life
8 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

Seldom has a well-known plot served so well as germ for a loose adaptation of the same title. The usual pitfalls of remakes and adaptations have been avoided and the result is a breathtaking picture with a wondrous mix of surreal coincidence, fantasy, fluent narration, everyday detail brilliantly highlighted and genuine pain. The tempo of this movie is fast yet never rushed. The story lends itself perfectly to the cyclic nature of Lelouche's adaptation and the actors are brilliant. How is it possible that Martines (Mrs Ziman) is not world-famous? Of all the Les Miserables made to date, in my view this is by far the best.


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