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Les Misérables (1998)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, History | 1 May 1998 (USA)
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Valjean, a former criminal, has atoned for his past and now finds himself in the midst of the French Revolution, avoiding a law-obsessed policeman hell-bent on capturing him.

Director:

Bille August

Writers:

Victor Hugo (novel), Rafael Yglesias (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Adamson ... Bertin
Tim Barlow Tim Barlow ... Lafitte
Timothy Bateson ... Banker
Veronika Bendová Veronika Bendová ... Azelma
David Birkin David Birkin ... Courfeyrac
Reine Brynolfsson ... Captain Beauvais
Patsy Byrne Patsy Byrne ... Toussaint
Kathleen Byron ... Mother Superior
Václav Chalupa Václav Chalupa ... André
Ian Cregg Ian Cregg ... Feuilly
Ben Crompton ... Grantier
Claire Danes ... Cosette
Zdenek David Zdenek David ... Peasant (as Zdenék David)
Paola Dionisotti ... Forewoman
Edna Doré Edna Doré ... Old Woman (as Edna Dore)
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Storyline

Jean Valjean, a Frenchman imprisoned for stealing bread, must flee a police officer named Javert. The pursuit consumes both men's lives, and soon Valjean finds himself in the midst of the student revolutions in France. Written by Tim Kearns <tskearns@aol.com>

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The legend comes to life.


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Rated PG-13 for violence, and for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Sony (DVD release)

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UK | Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les misérables See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,011,840, 3 May 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$14,096,321
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The town in which Jean Valjean becomes mayor is named Montreuil-sur-Mer in the book. This is a real port town in the region of Calais, across the waters from England. English readers of the book often missed this fact, as most past translations transcribed the town's name "blanked out" as "M____-sur-M__". In the movie the town is called Vigau, a name made up of the first and last syllables of Victor Hugo, the author of Les Misérables. See more »

Goofs

The band plays "Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale" at Lamarque's funeral. Hector Berlioz composed the song in 1840, 8 years later. See more »

Quotes

Javert: [Valjean slams Javert against the wall, starts to put his own handcuffs on him] Where will you go, Valjean? You don't have papers.
Javert: [Valjean slams Javert's head against the wall once more] I'll find you...
[another hit against the wall, Javert loses conciousness]
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Special thanks to the people of Kutná Hora and Mairie De Paris. See more »

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Version of Caccia all'uomo (1948) See more »

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breathtaking
20 May 2000 | by iluvmumSee all my reviews

Even though there was no singing in the movie-version, This was my favorite. The film followed the Victor Hugo novel quite well with outstanding performances by Uma Thurman (Fantine) and especially Liam Neeson (Jean Valjean) I was moved to tears numerous times as I watched the story of a convicted felon who served serious time for stealing a loaf of bread and later becomes a mayor of a small town. He is suspected of being a former prisoner by the inspector Javert. With the confusion of the French rebellion and Valjean's adopted daughter Cosette's love, Javert realizes that he cannot kill Valjean, a man that saved his life. Javert's decision in the ending is powerful(although I will not give it away) this movie is excellent, and tear-jerking. this is a beautiful classic.


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