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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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Sony (DVD release)

Country:

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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Dolby | SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In the novel, Fantine and Cosette are blonde but in the film they are brunette (despite the fact that Uma Thurman, who plays Fantine, and Claire Danes, who plays Cosette, are both naturally blonde). See more »

Goofs

When Inspector Javert is at the home of Cosette and Jean ValJean, he writes a letter and asks Cosette for an envelope which she produces for him. The type of pre folded, flap envelope that Cosette gives him would not have been invented or for commercial use in 1832, the time period of Les Miserables. Rather, correspondence would have been folded inside another sheet of paper and sealed with a wax seal and brass sealing ring or tied with a string or ribbon. 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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The cast is credited in alphabetical order during the end credits. See more »

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Version of Les Miserables (1978) See more »

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Lord, Have Mercy!!
21 October 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Wow, pinch me.....I must be dreaming.

This is a Grade A exhibit of how you can still make a terrific movie today without profanity, tons of violence and-or sex.....AND how you can make a picture which carries a good, moral message. This is one of truly rare modern-day films that actually espouses mercy and forgiveness instead of revenge.

This is simply a solid film with a very satisfying ending....satisfying to people who aren't in love with edgy, nasty endings.....such as almost all your professional movie critics. So, if your favorite critic didn't give this film a good review - and most did not - please ignore it.

In addition to the involving storyline and excellent acting by Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman and Claire Danes, the viewer is treated to some beautiful European countryside scenery. My only complaint of this film is the shoddy treatment it received on DVD. No extras and so-so sharpness. Like the movie itself, it deserves more respect.


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