7.5/10
36,434
202 user 73 critic

Les Misérables (1998)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, History | 1 May 1998 (USA)
Trailer
0:31 | Trailer
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)
Reviews
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Les misérables (TV Mini-Series 2000)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The scene is set during the French Restoration at the beginning of the 19th century. Jean Valjean, a galley slave who was sent to prison for stealing food, is now released after serving ... See full summary »

Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, John Malkovich
Drama | History | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

Director: Tom Hooper
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway
Les Miserables (TV Movie 1978)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Jean Valjean, convicted of stealing bread, is hounded for several decades by the relentless and cruel policeman Javert.

Director: Glenn Jordan
Stars: Richard Jordan, Anthony Perkins, Cyril Cusack
Les Misérables (2018–2019)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Television adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel, which follows Jean Valjean as he evades capture by the unyielding Inspector Javert. Set against a backdrop of post-Napoleonic France as unrest begins to grip the city of Paris once more.

Stars: Dominic West, David Oyelowo, Adeel Akhtar
Rob Roy (1995)
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1713 Scotland, Rob Roy MacGregor is wronged by a nobleman and his nephew, becomes an outlaw in search of revenge while fleeing the Redcoats, and faces charges of being a Jacobite.

Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Stars: Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, John Hurt
Biography | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.

Director: Neil Jordan
Stars: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts
Drama | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

A celebratory 25th anniversary concert performance of the hit musical at The O2 in London.

Director: Nick Morris
Stars: Alfie Boe, Norm Lewis, Matt Lucas
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friend", escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.

Director: Kevin Reynolds
Stars: Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris
The Mission (1986)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Eighteenth century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.

Director: Roland Joffé
Stars: Robert De Niro, Jeremy Irons, Ray McAnally
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In early 19th Century France an ex-convict who failed to report to parole is relentlessly pursued over a 20 year period by an obsessive policeman.

Director: Richard Boleslawski
Stars: Fredric March, Charles Laughton, Cedric Hardwicke
Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Stars: Harrison Ford, Sam Spruell, Peter Stebbings
Unknown I (2011)
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A man awakens from a coma, only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one, (not even his wife), believes him. With the help of a young woman, he sets out to prove who he is.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones
Edit

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)
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The legend comes to life.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,011,840, 3 May 1998

Gross USA:

$14,096,321

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,096,321
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This version concentrates on the story of Valjean and Javert, with less emphasis on the romance between Cosette and Marius. Thénardier, a key character in the novel, appears in just one scene; his daughter, Eponine, is only seen in the background. Many fans of the musical version bemoaned the loss of Eponine and her love triangle with Marius and Cosette. 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

Jean Valjean: Brevet, Lombard, Bertin. Look at me. You recognize me? I recognize you, Brevet. You were an informer in Toulon, I see you're still a snitch.
Brevet: Valjean?
Jean Valjean: Hello, Brevet.
[turns to Lombard]
Jean Valjean: And you, Lombard, don't look at my fancy clothes, don't look at my scraped chin. Look at my eyes. You called yourself Godless, right? You've got a scar on your left shoulder. I gave it to you the night you tried to kill me, remember? When I pinned you over the stove.
Lombard: It is you...
Jean Valjean: Show the court your scar.
[...]
See more »

Crazy Credits

The cast is credited in alphabetical order during the end credits. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Showbiz Today: Episode dated 7 June 1998 (1998) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Not true to the story... but entertaining for superb acting
14 March 2005 | by shanfloydSee all my reviews

It is not possible to make a movie out of this marathon Victor Hugo novel (the original version I borrowed from library got around thousand pages and I had to settle for an abridged one) without leaving out some good portions. It is only to see what portions are left out and what are stressed. That depends on the director's or screenwriter's judgement. See Dumas' "Count of Monte Cristo" and you'll know what I'm talking about. That movie seemed to be based upon an already abridged version at the first place... such incoherent it was. What audience would appreciate is about making a good film, not following every bits of novel little by little. And that is why "Les Misérables" is a good film. It showed excellently what it showed. What is left out is left out, be it some characters that has no major relation to what the director thought to be the main story or some solitary incidents however interesting they might be.

It's got a nice star-studded cast. Geoffrey Rush is magnificent as Inspector Javert. If I am to stress one aspect of his totally excellent acting it would be his accent. I just loved it. Rush brought that vintage English accent instead of the expected French accent, that's I think became more suitable. Liam Neeson is an acting genius and I would place this one perhaps as his third best, behind "Schindler's List" and "Michael Collins" of course. He is definitely the obvious choice for such type of lead roles. The two main young characters of the film are played nicely by Claire Danes and Hans Matheson. Danes acted up to the standard of this film's allover acting level, which is quite good. Although somehow I feel Uma Thurman is a poor choice for Fantine. Her acting was not up to that level.

There are around 15-odd screen versions of Les Misérables including TV movies etc. The French production of 1982 by Robert Hossein was good and was definitely longer and more detailed than this. Many would disagree but I think this one by Bille August is better than that. Call it vulgar Hollywoodisation of old classics but still it's a worthy film on its own right, perhaps due to superb casting.


49 of 65 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 202 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed